At The American Spectator, Dov Fischer tells readers that Mitt Romney has “exposed why the RINOs must be replaced.” He also notes that despite losing many GOP House members in 2018 to retirement, many of them were the worst sort of RINOs, and it was a blessing to see them leave the party, despite the loss of the majority. He writes (abridged):
Mitt Romney says he prayed hard before he shamed the Church of Latter-day Saints, the voters of Utah — and all Republicans who voted for him in 2012 — by standing against all the hundreds of GOP members in the House and Senate and declaring himself against acquitting President Trump during the Pelosi Stillborn Impeachment.
In his perfidy, Romney invoked his religion. He embarrassed me, an Orthodox Jewish rabbi, because I voted for him for president. He embarrassed tens of millions of Christians, Jews, and others who chose Romney because our alternative was Obama.
We never were going to vote for Obama, not the first time and not the second. Obama was exactly what we expected he would be. Unlike Romney, Obama never disappointed. He proved exactly as expected: a liar (e.g., “You can keep your health plan and doctor”) and a cheat (e.g., covering for Lois Lerner, for Fast and Furious, authorizing or not stopping spying on Trump, covering for Hillary, secretly sending billions to Iran including $400 million in wads of cash). Obama proved to be a hater of Israel.
Romney proves that, going from Trump forward, the Republican base has to filter these RINOs out of the party. Many Republicans mourned when large numbers of GOP congressmen took early retirement two years ago, perhaps costing the House. But the hidden blessing was that most of the retirements were RINOs being spit out of the party.
There was no room or excuse for Romney to vote other than to acquit. Yet, his grudge-to-the-grave overwhelmed him.
He is a disgrace; he has embarrassed those of us who voted for him in 2012, has embarrassed those whom he played religiously and politically in Utah, and has exposed why the RINOs must be replaced. So we do owe Romney for that.
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