The Left’s Empty Embrace of Mitt Romney

Dr. Munr Kazmir
4 min readOct 21, 2019

Mitt Romney joins the list of approved Republicans for whom the left would still never, ever vote.

Former Governor Mitt Romney speaking with the media at a campaign rally for U.S. Congresswoman Martha McSally at The Falls Event Center in Gilbert, Arizona. October 12, 2018. (photo: Gage Skidmore)

The Only Good Republican

Sure, the left loves Mitt Romney. Now.

Democrats, it is sometimes said, only love Republicans after they’re dead. There may be at least some truth to that.

See the recent state funeral gala of former President George H.W. Bush, and the many respectful, highly complimentary news articles that followed. Many of those articles appeared in publications that are usually a little harder on Republicans, especially Republicans who ignored the AIDS crisis at its peak.

Witness the aftermath of the death of Republican stalwart Sen. John McCain, a time in which liberal journalists seemed to forget every criticism they’d ever lobbied at the decorated war hero.

Though liberal love for Republicans doesn’t seem to be solely reserved for the honored dead; George W. Bush is still going strong, as his recent art exhibit featuring his paintings of U.S. soldiers at the Kennedy Center proves. Yet Bush is beloved by the likes of no less than Ellen Degeneres and Michelle Obama, though not perhaps by Mark Ruffalo.

Republicans and conservatives, and even a military general once referred to by the left as “Mad Dog Mattis”, have somehow found a new acceptance, and even embrace, from the left in the age of Donald Trump.

So perhaps it is the case that progressive Democrats also love Republicans who hate Donald Trump, the enemy of my enemy is my friend and all that. Consider the liberal willingness to quote former President George W. Bush on world peace, without a trace of irony, as his words came in the form of criticism of Trump’s recent decision to remove U.S. troops from Syria

Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that Democrats love Republicans who no longer pose any threat whatever to Democrats.

Which brings us to the highest-profile “Never Trumper” in Washington since the sad passing of John McCain.

Sen. Mitt Romney has painted himself into a corner with his outspoken and constant criticism of the man at the top of the Republican ticket. It is a corner where Romney seems to have found…