Well, it’s (all but) official: Mitt Romney is heading back to Washington. Or, at least, he will be if he can secure a victory in the 2020 race to replace the retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah. And, given Romney’s popularity in the state and the lack of meaningful Democratic competition, is a very probably scenario.
According to The New York Times, Utah Governor Gary Herbert has confirmed that his pal Romney will indeed make a play for the Senate. “Let’s not be coy about this,” Herbert said to one of Romney’s friends. “If he’s going to run, let’s go. If not, we need to find somebody else to run, and there’s people that have been trying to queue up for the opportunity.”
Romney directly texted Herbert shortly thereafter with a simple message: “I’m running.”
As the Daily Wire points out, we don’t really even need to take the governor’s word for it:
If his electronic communications didn’t confirm his intentions, however, his schedule for this week certainly does. Romney is expected to attend two high-profile events – a meeting of the Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce and a local Utah tech conference – something the private citizen Romney is not typically interested in.
When Hatch announced his retirement several weeks ago, most pundits speculated Romney would jump into the race. After all, Hatch has said several times that he wouldn’t leave the Senate seat he held for three decades in the hands of just anyone. He openly declared Romney to be his successor, even though at around 70 years of age, Romney isn’t that much younger than Hatch.
In their piece, the Times wondered if Romney would run as a Trump “friend or foe.” But if there was any doubt about that question – and there wasn’t much – then Romney himself cleared it up with a tweet on Monday.
“The poverty of an aspiring immigrant’s nation of origin is as irrelevant as their race. The sentiment attributed to POTUS is inconsistent w/ America’s history and antithetical to American values,” wrote Romney. “May our memory of Dr. King buoy our hope for unity, greatness, & ‘charity for all.’”
Just what this country needs: Another lame Republican who thinks it’s his mission in life to “save” the party from the evils of Trumpism. Romney has already proven to be one of Trump’s most outspoken GOP critics, and we’re sure he’ll take that post seriously when and if he arrives on Capitol Hill. We suppose Utah voters have the right to pick whomever they want to represent their state, but it would be nice if they could find someone who won’t throw a wrench into the agenda we’re all trying to accomplish here.