I voted for Mitt Romney in 2012 and I believe that we would be in much stronger shape, as both a nation and a society, if he had won. I don’t necessarily think that Romney would have been remembered as a great President but I do think he would have been a good one and he would have brought dignity and integrity to the office. So much of what Romney said in 2012, especially where Russia was concerned, has turned out to be correct.
The way that Romney was treated in 2012 was disgraceful. Instead of campaigning against him on the issues, the Democrats and their allies in the media attacked Romney as a person. They accused him of giving a man’s wife cancer. He was accused of being a bully and a racist. Harry Reid falsely accused Romney of not paying his taxes and then smirked about it later. As Obama was already in a strong position, there was no need to attack Romney personally beyond the fact that he was a Republican and he was daring to criticize a president who had inspired a fanatical cult of personality. (With Romney’s vote on removal, this has now become a reoccurring theme in his career.) And if you want to know one reason why so many Republicans don’t care about how much Trump pisses people off or violates the previously sacrosanct rules of decorum, it’s because they saw what was done to someone who attempted to play by the rules and be civil in 2012. When even Mitt Romney gets accused of being evil, it’s easy to see how pointless it is to try to be reasonable.
Mitt Romney is someone who I have a lot of respect for. I did not agree with his vote to convict Trump. My feeling has always been that the whole impeachment charade was a circus and that Pelosi essentially allowed herself to get pushed into it by the Resistance dingbats who were elected in 2018. That said, I still respect Senator Romney. I still think we need more public servants like Senator Romney. And I would still happily vote for him again.