“Who’s the sucker now, Mitt?” taunted liberal opinion writer Renée Graham.
Mitt Romney might be getting the comeuppance so many “loyalists” (Kellyanne Conway’s term) of President-elect Donald Trump have craved. Or he may end up with the nod to be Secretary of State under Trump.
You should read the invective Graham lobbed Trump’s way.
Vindictive and petty, Trump is a man who keeps score. His world is balanced only when he avenges a perceived slight, often with what he considers reciprocal humiliation. Those targeted are as varied as Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Rosie O’Donnell, Gold Star parents Khizr and Ghazala Khan, and a former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado. He is a feral child who squawks and attacks when he feels wronged — though what Trump considers unfair is usually plain truth.
This actually is false. Trump keeps score mostly against the media. The press has been his longtime nemesis and frenemy. Politicians are simply tools, thick-skinned targets, quickly forgiven, in Trump’s world. Romney has the added benefit of being a business scion with international and financial connections.
I do not see Romney’s past excoriation of Trump to be a barrier for Trump–or for Romney, for that matter–in serving together. I do see a potential conflict with Trump’s penchant for doing his own “deals” with foreign leaders, and his leanings toward Russia.
If Romney were to be offered, and accept, a position at State, he would likely be subject to President Trump’s constant credit-taking for success, and kicked to the curb when things failed. He’d also have to carry water for Trump when he invariably says or tweets something stupid about a foreign situation or leader.
I think that Romney is enough of a statesman to do the job for America and ignore the catcalls. I am not sure that Romney is considered loyal enough to pass Trump’s inner circle.
The dilemma Romney faces is whether it would have been better had he simply never engaged versus endure the inevitable taunting (should he not be invited to join the Trump administration) or to suffer continuing humiliation as Trump’s vassal to the world.
From a purely personal perspective, Graham may be right when she wrote “Mitt Romney should have said no.”
Romney is actually a better man than that. Just possibly, Trump is a better man than the liberals think, and this would be a great time to prove it.