Romney attacks Republicans, again: ‘This is madness’
In a recent Boston Herald column, conservative talk-show host Howie Carr noted: “If they ever name a street after Mitt Romney, it’ll have to be one way.”
And it will probably be left-turn only.
Romney’s willingness to go against the GOP grain, swim against its tide, and rub the party rank and file the wrong way are well known. And now, he’s taking on Republicans who are still expressing doubt about the legitimacy of Joe Biden’s election.
As Texas and several other red-tinted states seek to fight 11th-hour election changes that may have delivered a Biden victory in a handful of the most contested battleground states, Romney is ready to wave the white flag.
The Electoral College is expected to vote on the next president on Monday.
As it stands, barring the Supreme Court catching one of President Donald Trump’s legal Hail Marys, the electors should certify Biden as the 46th president by a 306-232 margin.
Yet some Trump allies are willing to go to the mat all the way to the bitter end, which is expected on Jan. 6 when Congress, in a joint session, will formally accept the Electoral College vote.
As Business Insider reported, “Some Trump-aligned members of the House of Representatives have said they would challenge some states’ electoral votes during the joint session. Both a member of the House and a member of the Senate must vote to challenge a state’s electors, however, and if that happens, then both the House and the Senate would have to deliberate on whether to accept the electors.”
This effort is being led by Alabama GOP Rep. Mo Brooks.
Newsweek noted, “The proposed move by Brooks … would at most only be symbolic and simply delay the certification of the presidential race by hours, rather than make any significant difference to the result,” adding that the objection to the electors “is a long shot given that the House is controlled by the Democrats.”
Romney is quickly becoming the Republican everyone loves (to hate). https://t.co/dwKsMwTx9u
— Rholf Troy (@rholftroy) December 9, 2020
Romney responded to all of this by calling GOP concerns about the election “madness.”
“This is madness. We have a process, recounts are appropriate, going to the court is appropriate and pursuing every legal avenue is appropriate, but trying to get electors not to do what the people voted to do is madness,” he told NBC reporter Frank Thorp. “It would be saying, ‘Look, let’s not follow the vote of the people, let’s instead do what we want. That would not be the way a democratic republic ought to work.”
Ah, but how quickly we forget.
Just four short years ago, it was Democrats who were set to challenge a duly elected president.
Under a Jan. 6, 2017, story carrying the headline, “House Democrats to challenge Trump’s Electoral College win,” Politico reported, “A Democratic congresswoman from Texas confirmed late Thursday that she and as many as 10 colleagues will contest the validity of Donald Trump’s election Friday, when lawmakers meet at the Capitol to certify Trump’s Electoral College victory.”
“Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said in a phone interview that she and her allies plan to challenge the validity of electoral votes in multiple states, where she argued voter suppression tactics may have tainted the outcome. She said a separate batch of challenges will focus on disqualifying electors who may have been ineligible to serve at all,” Politico added.
“‘This is an American question of justice and fairness and the appropriate running of presidential elections,'” Jackson Lee said.
And Politico noted this wasn’t the first time Democrats traveled this path.
“It’s reminiscent of an attempted challenge by Democrats to George W. Bush’s victory in 2000, when House members lodged objections to Florida’s decisive electoral votes but couldn’t convince any senators to join them,” Politico reported. “In 2005, Ohio Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones secured support from California Sen. Barbara Boxer to challenge Ohio’s electoral votes, forcing a two-hour debate but ultimately failing to win support.”
Moreover, back then, unlike Sen. Romney, no Democrats stepped up to fight the “madness” of thwarting “the vote of the people.”
Per Politico in 2017: “Jackson Lee said House Democratic leaders have not attempted to dissuade any challenges.”