‘Mitt believes there’s a role for him … as a standard-bearer for our party…’
(Lionel Parrott, Liberty Headlines) The heir of John McCain?
While Mitt Romney succeeded McCain as the (losing) nominee of the Republican Party for president, some are hoping Romney will succeed him in another manner: as the conscience of the GOP.
“It’s great that he’s coming [to the Senate],” the outgoing speaker of the House said during a question-and-answer session hosted by The Washington Post. “Mitt believes there’s a role for him … as a standard-bearer for our party.”
Often described as a “maverick,” McCain was a liberal media darling for most of his career, except for the brief period when he was the GOP’s presidential nominee against Barack Obama.
In 2017, he became noxious to conservatives following his notorious “thumbs-down” vote against a bill that would repeal Obamacare, despite his repeated pledges on the campaign trail to “repeal and replace” the law. But this made him a hero in the press.
McCain died three months ago after succumbing to a brain tumor.
Meanwhile, Romney returned to the world of politics in order to pursue a bid for U.S. Senate from Utah—a race which he won easily, which surprised no one given the Mormon Romney’s legendary status in the state, having been commissioner of the Salt Lake City Olympics.
Romney filling McCain’s shoes and becoming “Maverick Mitt” would also not be a surprise.
The senator-elect has had an acrimonious relationship with President Trump—during the 2016 primaries, he called the candidate a “phony” and a “fraud,” despite happily accepting Trump’s endorsement during his own presidential bid four years earlier.
In return, Trump called Romney a “choke artist” and “one of the dumbest and worst candidates in the history of Republican politics.”
Ultimately, Romney did not endorse any candidate in the 2016 election.
Since then, the relationship between the two men seems to have improved, though Romney did recently criticize the president for dubbing the media “the Enemy of the People.”
It’s a criticism of which John McCain—whose relationship with the president never mended—would have undoubtedly approved.