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Assault on America, Day 159: How damaged would things be today if Romney won in 2012?

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How many times in a typical day do we stop and consider, “what if?”?

It all depends on what you’re talking about. Looking back at certain aspects of one’s life isn’t healthy for acceptance of present reality and could even lead to destructive behaviors. Mourning a loss is one thing -- getting depressed over something that never happened is quite another.

Thankfully one scenario we don’t have to wonder about for long is what it would’ve been like if Mitt Romney had won the 2012 election. This isn’t to say enduring another four years of Barack Obama was a walk in the park for Americans -- it wasn’t -- but it’s hard to pin down just how much carnage a Romney presidency would’ve inflicted on the pro-liberty (and pro-life) cause and the Republican Party as the home base for most conservatives.

Thankfully Romney himself -- and some of those in his circle -- regularly provide clues as to how awful it would’ve turned out. One Romney-ite did so again recently. Julio Rosas reported at The Washington Examiner, “Among those criticizing President Trump's administration — for saying he and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un are in agreement on former Vice President Joe Biden — is a former top adviser to Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign.

(Ed note: Trump’s tweet read, “North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me. I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me, & also smiled when he called Swampman Joe Biden a low IQ individual, & worse. Perhaps that’s sending me a signal?”)

“Stuart Stevens asked in response: ‘Can you imagine Bill Clinton saying he and Saddam Hussein are in agreement in their shared criticism of George Bush? A President is using credibility of a dictator who tortured an American to death & runs a prison camp country to help his campaign.’”

Stevens and other Trump-bashing Republican freebooters assumed Trump was taking Jong Un’s characterization of Joe Biden (as a dimwitted dolt) seriously. These same people routinely hoot and holler about how Trump loves dictators (including Vlad Putin) and therefore is eternally inclined to side with them no matter how heinous and human rights abusing they may be. Hogwash. Trump doesn’t want to hang out with the cheese-eating North Korean tyrant any more than they do -- but it would be nice if advancing the burgeoning personal relationship between the two leaders eventually results in denuclearization and peace on the Korean peninsula for the first time since World War II.

From the outset it’s evident we have a confirmed case of naked political opportunism here, because anyone who’s followed Donald Trump’s political career knows he jokes often about his opponents and likes to tweet things that are quite ironic -- such as agreeing with communist Kim Jong Un’s assessment of Joe Biden’s cognitive abilities. In the process Trump addressed a very serious subject -- NORK’s missile firings -- by mixing it in with a little humor at the Democrat frontrunner’s expense.

One expects liberals and Democrats to dredge up hidden meanings in every single Trump utterance, but shouldn’t a GOP political “professional” like Stuart Stevens know better? Or is he a mere water carrier for the hated Republican establishment?

According to Wikipedia, Stevens “…emerged from an internal power struggle during Romney's 2008 presidential campaign, in which he and [business partner Russ] Schriefer clashed with the campaign's existing media team, to become Romney's senior strategist in 2012. In that role he was responsible for the campaign's focus on employment, its efforts to help Romney connect with voters, and its aggressive primary campaign against Rick Perry. Stevens and Schriefer also handled advertising for the campaign.”

Was Stevens the one who ordered Mitt to lay off Obama concerning the latter’s reluctance to call a terrorist a terrorist or inquire into the administration’s malfeasance during the Benghazi attack? Four Americans were murdered in Libya on September 11, 2012, a mere two months before the election. This demonstrable abandonment should’ve opened every Romney negative ad against the reeling president -- but hardly anything was ever said about it from the Republican war room.

The picture’s therefore becoming clearer. Mitt Romney, the ultimate principal-free soulless Teflon candidate took advice from the who’s who of GOP swamp elites, and as a result, ran a dull campaign devoid of substance or color -- and ended up losing to the eminently vulnerable Barack Obama. It’s curious how Stevens was in charge of helping Mitt to “connect with voters” because the candidate’s utter inability to do so most certainly cost him the election.

Unlike President Trump (who feels most at home in front of tens of thousands of enthusiastic admirers), Romney was never comfortable with his role as national spokesman for conservatism. Remember how Romney described himself as “severely conservative”? Who the heck would refer to themselves in this way if they truly believed in what they pitched to the voting public?

Wikipedia also mentioned Stevens’ work on Senator Thad Cochran’s 2014 campaign, which even five years later is renowned for corruption and sleaze. Cochran won a razor-thin victory over conservative Republican challenger Chris McDaniel (in Mississippi). The tactics Stevens and Cochran employed are still being waxed over in many a DC drinking hole as demonstrative of the lengths the swampy establishment will go to keep conservatives out of government and themselves in charge of the government’s purse strings (see, Moore, Judge Roy, Alabama 2017). Stevens also worked for the likes of George W. Bush, Haley Barbour, Tom Ridge, and Bill Weld, among others. It doesn’t get any more ruling class elitist than these guys.

In continuing to assault Trump, perhaps Stevens hopes to retain his position as chief strategist for a budding 2020 Romney primary challenge or maybe even hook onto the upstart campaigns of either Weld or John Kasich (all notorious #NeverTrump critics and jackals who snipe from afar whenever an occasion calls for it). Democrats never let a good crisis go to waste, and neither do establishment Republicans miss an opportunity to paint our president as a self-interested fool who hobnobs with foreign despots in pursuit of global dominance.

What would Mitt Romney have done if he were president? If Mitt’s multitude of campaign flip-flops are any indication his default position on every big government matter would’ve been to choose anything conservatives disapproved of. And with the assistance of men like Stuart Stevens, the country would founder like a mighty ship with a gaping hole in its hull.

Perhaps the Trump political attribute conservatives like best is his willingness to constantly take the battle to the “enemy” and counterpunch so as to keep them off balance. Trump’s a very refreshing departure from the always compliant GOP establishment which accomplished nothing while quivering in fear that liberals and the media wouldn’t like them. What a collection of gutless cowards they are.

Stevens and Romney are cut from the same cloth. No wonder they lost. They’re just like Democrats but with less charm.

Speaking of “charm”, Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren’s been showing a little bit of her talent for lecturing on the campaign circuit lately. Emily Larsen reported at The Washington Examiner, “Sen. Elizabeth Warren is gaining a reputation not only as the candidate who ‘has a plan for that,’ as she frequently says on the campaign trail, but also as the candidate who can explain those plans. The former professor’s instructional style is helping her gain support in the Democratic presidential primary.

“Warren, 69, who was a special education teacher earlier in life and later a law professor, turns her campaign events into classrooms and the attendees into her students. The Massachusetts senator uses her teaching skills to explain problems that she says the federal government needs to address and to make her many policy proposals digestible.”

Yeah, you can swallow them alright -- but it’s in-digestion that results once the particulars are examined. Warren’s promised the world to just about everyone in these past few months, including Medicare for All, the Green New Deal and of course, a full-blown “conversation” on slavery reparations for African-Americans.

Pocahontas also wants Uncle Sam to pay off most student loans and practically grant universal college tuition -- all paid for by the rich of course.

Whether it’s Democrats or certain Republicans (like Mitt Romney) it’s clear Americans will be dissatisfied as long as the establishment mans the government’s levers of power. President Trump shows no let-up in his drive to drain the swamp -- but he’ll need many more liberty-loving helpers to make it a reality.

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