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Mr. Trump: Remember the Snake? #NeverRomney #NeverCorker

"I saved you, " cried the woman 
"And you've bitten me, but why? 
You know your bite is poisonous and now I'm going to die" 
"Oh shut up, silly woman, " said the reptile with a grin 
"You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in” 

From “The Snake” by Oscar Brown Jr. performed by Al Wilson 

SnakeBack during the campaign President-elect Trump occasionally used the 1960s-rock song “The Snake” as a metaphor to explain why the United States government should not admit more Muslims, especially those from terrorist hot spots, to our country. 

But the same metaphor could be applied to admitting establishment Republicans, especially those who campaigned against him or authored the policies he campaigned against, into his administration. 

And two of the most poisonous establishment Republicans, Mitt Romney and Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, appear to remain in contention for the crucial job of Secretary of State. 

If we look at the experience of Ronald Reagan and his post-election decisions to bring his opponents into his administration it is hard to think of a worse idea if Trump wants to drain the swamp – and a worse signal to send to Trump’s base – than the appointment of Romney or Corker to a position in the new administration.  

President-elect Donald Trump should never forget that:

  • * Romney has made it plain he opposes Trump's foreign policy ideas. During his infamous March 3 Trump-bashing speech at the University of Utah he said, "Let me put it plainly, if we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished … He inherited his business, he didn’t create it … A business genius he is not … What he said on “60 Minutes” about Syria and ISIS has to go down as the most ridiculous and dangerous idea of the campaign season: Let ISIS take out Assad, he said, and then we can pick up the remnants … I’m afraid that when it comes to foreign policy he is very, very not smart..."

  • * Personnel is policy! Mitt Romney and his former running mate Paul Ryan are the kind of globalists who subscribe to the econometric philosophy that says there’s a global race to the bottom in the market for labor and that American workers are just going to have to get used to a lower standard of living.

  • * Mitt Romney could be counted on to bring into the State Department hundreds of anti-Trump operatives. Many of the #NeverTrump gang’s most vocal members are former members of Romney’s campaign or Massachusetts staff; Dan Senor, Ryan Williams, and spoiler candidates Evan McMullin and Mindy Finn all once worked for Romney.

  • * Inviting his most vocal and diehard opponent into the highest profile Cabinet post would be a cancer in the Donald Trump administration. Mitt Romney and his operatives at the State Department would be constantly eating away at the policies and promises that Trump made to get elected, particularly with regard to international trade and our overseas commercial interests.

  • * Donald Trump’s appointment of Romney would disillusion his base before he starts his first session of Congress and begins the traditional 100-day introduction of his program and policies. Using a shopworn establishment Republican like Mitt Romney to introduce a new foreign policy will stifle the enthusiasm of Trump’s supporters when he needs them fired-up to keep the heat on Congress and the establishment media. 

  • * Appointing Romney would signal that Trump is throwing overboard his new conservative – populist coalition and resuscitating the dying Republican establishment voters so thoroughly rejected during the 2016 primary season. 

“I’m all for party unity, but I’m not sure that we have to pay for that with the secretary of state position,” our good friend Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s campaign manager, said in an interview with CNN. “We don’t even know if Mitt Romney voted for Donald Trump.” 

And if Romney is bad, Senator Corker is even worse.  

On almost every major issue to come before the U.S. Senate in the Obama era, Senator Corker has started out talking like a principled conservative only to flip and vote with the anti-conservative, anti-constitutional establishment Republican forces that have regularly advanced Obama’s agenda:

  • * Corker has supported Obama on trade, particularly fast track Trade Promotion Authority and the Trans Pacific Partnership.

  • * Through the Gang of Eight bill Corker supported Obama on amnesty for illegal aliens.

  • * Corker voted for the Omnibus spending bills that have doubled the national debt on his watch.

  • * Bob Corker assured passage of Dodd-Frank, the permanent bailout fund for banks. And placing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), inside the Federal Reserve to operate independently without Congressional oversight was, as our friend Kevin Kookogey put it, actually Bob Corker’s bright idea.

  • * Bob Corker worked tirelessly to ratify NewSTART and defiantly led a band of 13 Republicans to join with Democrats to ratify the treaty during a lame duck session of Congress. The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia was the first signature foreign policy initiative of the Obama administration, and its Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

  • * Worst of all Senator Corker conceived of and led the passage of the bill that discarded the Constitution’s treaty provision in order to bless President Obama’s $150 billion gift to the terrorist regime in Iran.

  • * Corker’s legislation in effect lowered the threshold for approving the Iran nuclear deal from 67 votes to 41 – a craven betrayal the Senate’s constitutional role as the final word on whether or not the United States agrees to a treaty. 

In pursuit of his “legacy” treaty with Iran, Obama resorted to telling lie after lie to sell something that if the truth were revealed would never be accepted by the American people – and his indispensable partner in selling the lies was Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee. 

The world will be a much more dangerous place because of Bob Corker’s inexplicable failure to grasp the existential threat a nuclear armed Islamic Republic of Iran poses to the United States and all peoples who share the values of freedom of conscience, freedom of religion and freedom of speech. 

Then again, the fact that Bob Corker has regularly participated in and advanced Obama’s lies should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the Senator’s wheeler-dealer ways. 

The FBI and Securities and Exchange Commission are allegedly scrutinizing Corker’s personal finances, including stock transactions involving one of the nation’s top developers of shopping centers and malls. Corker failed to report millions of dollars in assets and income on his annual financial disclosure and was consequently forced to revise years' worth of disclosure reports when the discrepancies were revealed.  

History tells us that the idea of bringing your political enemies into your inner councils is the pathway to failure.  

To keep together the coalition that defeated Hillary Clinton and advance his agenda through Congress Donald Trump needs to do but one thing; maintain the enthusiasm of the center-right voters who have been, at best, reluctant supporters of Republicans by making a clean break with the Republican Quislings who enabled Obama to advance his agenda through Congress. 

Nominating Mitt Romney or Senator Bob Corker as his Secretary of State would be an all-but-fatal blow to that essential step on the road to victory for Donald Trump.  

President-elect Trump has indicated that he intends to make final decisions on his national security and foreign team next week. 

We urge all of our conservative friends to let Donald Trump know that we conservatives believe choosing Mitt Romney or Bob Corker as his Secretary of State would crash Trump’s coalition and that conservatives are united in #NeverRomney and #NeverCorker as Secretary of State.

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Never Mitt Romney" Never Bob Corker

Mitt Romney and Bob Corker are everything wrong with the Republican Establishment and will never be Trumps Secretary of State because they will continue Obama's weak foreign policy including his refugee program and amnesty that allows illegals to come into the country from high risk countries that sponsor terrorism. They come into the country without proper vetting and are held in sanctuary cities which costs the country billions of wasted dollars and are a threat to our security and wellbeing. Conservatives don't want Romney nor Corker Donald J. Trump's Secretary Of State because they will appease America's enemies including Syria, Iran and Russia who are countries that support terrorism which will be a threat to America and our allies in the Middle East including Israel our staunch ally which will compromise the U.S. security and intelligence abroad. Conservatives also see Romney and Corker as Trumps enemies who never supported the President Elect during the elections so I don't see how they should be Trump's choices for Secretary of State a bad idea and bad for America. President Elect Trump will choose a far right conservative as John Bolton, Rudy Giuliani another conservative that will protect America's security interest and intelligence abroad including its Western allies and allies in the Middle East including Israel.

Know Thine Enemies

I fear Trump is going to do what he wants without listening to anyone, other than perhaps his children. He's already back pedaling from several campaign promises. I had hoped that Mike Pence could have been a steadying influence on him, but I'm afraid Trump will turn out to be just as bad as Obama. I think Trump himself is a viper.