You don’t much like Mitt Romney, and I don’t blame you. But liberals should maybe stop a minute before they dismiss his efforts to oppose President Trump from within the Republican Party.
Understand: I don’t expect Romney to join a Democratic agenda.
I do think it’s possible he could supply a vote in the Senate to convict Trump if impeachment happens.
Democrats can’t do this on their own. They. Just. Can’t.
It’s my impression that many liberals and Democrats believe Trump should be impeached. If so, they should be figuring out how to do it effectively. If you come at the king, you best not miss, etc.
That means figuring out how to bring at least a few Republicans along for the ride.
With his op-ed, Romney has signaled that while he is a Republican, he disdains Trump enough that he might go on that ride. His reasons for going on that ride are going to be different than ours.
This is not me being la-la land “can’t we all get along” about politics. At Salon, Amanda Marcotte accused me of “gushing” over Romney and grouped me with media members who have ” faith that we will be graced with a tough, morally resolute Republican hero straight out of a John Wayne movie.”
It’s being *very strategic* about how to get rid of a bad president. It will mean making temporary allies of people whose politics we might otherwise disdain. And yes, after that, we’ll all go back to being rivals again. If there’s another way to accomplish the goal without figuring out awkward partnerships with the Romneys of the world, I’m all ears. But I haven’t heard anybody propose it.
If Trump is just another bad Republican president, this is no big deal. We can wait until 2020 and try (and hope) to beat him at the polls then, like we have with other presidents. If you believe, as I do, that he’s bad the way Republicans tend to be bad and still piles a whole bunch of badness on top of that, it becomes imperative to try and get him out of office sooner than later. That means making awkward allies and even a few compromises to get backing from some Republicans.
There is no way this ends without a mess.