Yesterday, newly-minted US Senator Mitt Romney, who warned against Russia while running for President in 2012, and who has occasionally ranted against Donald Trump, after Trump dangled the Secretary of State job in front of him, and then very publicly pulled the rug out from under him, cast his first vote in the Senate, a vote in favor of lifting sanctions against Rusal, the Russian aluminum conglomerate, and other companies that are essentially controlled by Oleg Derapaska, the Russian oligarch implicated in helping get Trump elected.
Here's more from CNBC:
"Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, who had warned as a presidential candidate in the 2012 election that Russia is the United States’ top geopolitical foe, voted against Schumer’s resolution. A spokeswoman for Romney said his vote “was in line with longstanding U.S. policy and will help preserve our leverage to gain concessions from other bad actors.
The senator expects the administration to reimpose sanctions if these companies don’t comply.” Romney’s vote follows a New Year’s Day op-ed in which the former Massachusetts governor, who has been rumored to be mulling a 2020 primary challenge against Trump, signaled he was carving out an independent position from the president."
If Mitt truly is harboring any notion of running for President in 2020, this inexplicable vote surely will come back to haunt him. Even the Salt Lake City Tribune is coming down on him for this vote:
["O]ne might think Romney would have joined the 11 other Republican senators who voted this week to stop the Trump administration from lifting sanctions meant to squeeze Russian President Vladimir Putin’s allies. Senate aides told me Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did not try too hard to whip the vote, and neither did the White House. Yet Utah’s junior senator voted with the administration."
So much for the consistency, perspicacity and moral superiority of Mitt Romney. Unlike Trump, who resembles a seedy time-share salesman or an out of work circus clown, Mitt looks like a President drawn from central casting. But his shallowness and vacillation more and more argue he deserves to be known as Myth Romney.
The lesson here? Looks ain't everything.