Romney: I Want to “Open the Way for People to Take a Different Path”

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In an interview with The Atlantic on Sunday, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) did not rule out voting to impeach President Donald Trump if a trial were to come to the Senate in the coming months. Still maintaining that thin line between going full Jeff Flake and yet signaling to everyone who will listen that he’s not part of Trump’s support circle, Romney is caught in a weird and distasteful no-man’s-land, not even earning himself the plaudits from the left that are the spoils owed to Republicans who betray the party.

And, like most people who consider themselves somehow “above it all,” he is tiresomely self-righteous.

Interviewed by The Atlantic’s McKay Coppins, Romney reportedly said that he’s “open to the idea that the president may need to be evicted from the Oval Office.”

“I do think people will view this as an inflection point in American history,” Romney said. “I don’t look at myself as being a historical figure, but I do think these are critical times. And I hope that what I’m doing will open the way for people to take a different path.”

Romney said that the current occupant of the White House was not demonstrating the strength of character that should be required of the President.

“Berating another person, or calling them names, or demeaning a class of people, not telling the truth—those are not private things,” Romney said. “If during the campaign you pay a porn star $130,000, that now comes into the public domain.”

But Romney isn’t quite ready to commit to joining the Democrats on their impeachment crusade. He told Coppins that, when it comes to determining whether impeachable actions had occurred, he would “know it when I see it.”

“At this stage,” he said, “I am strenuously avoiding trying to make any judgment.”

Isn’t that just the kind of thing you want to hear from a self-styled leader?

And what is this “different path” that Romney would like Republicans to take? Well, he explained to the Atlantic that after being elected to the Senate, he wrote a list of more than 50 agenda items he would like to tackle while in Washington. Among his priorities: “Overhauling the immigration system, reducing the deficit, addressing climate change, compensating college athletes, and regulating the vaping industry.”

Someone who obviously has his finger on the pulse of the conservative movement, this guy. Maybe he should spend a little less time lurking on Twitter as Pierre Delecto and a little more time talking to the voters.