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Title: With McCain’s retreat, some turn to Romney to carry his torch
Source: WAPO
URL Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/powe ... ry.html?utm_term=.f78f38fcc034
Published: Feb 15, 2018
Author: Paul Kane
Post Date: 2018-02-16 05:21:21 by Gatlin
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Views: 123
Comments: 21


Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), right, appears with Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, in January 2012.

In more ways than one, followers of traditional Republican orthodoxy are facing an emotional inflection point this week.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), at home battling an aggressive form of brain cancer, will not attend this weekend’s Munich Security Conference, an annual gathering of foreign policy leaders from NATO nations that has become a central clearinghouse for global security matters and a celebration of Western values and democratic institutions.

McCain, an avatar of all of the above, has been a regular attendee for decades. Last year, less than a month after President Trump took office, he stole the show with a speech that denounced the new president’s refusal to condemn Russian President Vladi­mir Putin.

“Our fellow citizens seem to be flirting with authoritarianism and romanticizing it as our moral equivalent,” McCain said there last February.

But with McCain’s retreat comes the reemergence of another man: Mitt Romney, his political rival for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination. Romney had been scheduled to begin his campaign for senator from Utah on Thursday, but he delayed the announcement Wednesday “out of respect for the victims and their families” of a shooting at a South Florida high school.

It’s not clear how Romney, a heavy favorite to win, would approach his role as a senator, particularly in the era of Trump. His aides say that on the campaign trail he will avoid the role of chief foil to the president.

But at times, Romney has sounded like just that — and a defender of Western values, and a deep antagonist of Putin and a free-market globalist.

Romney took to Twitter, for instance, to lash out at Trump last month after The Washington Post reported that the president, in a meeting with senators, said that he did not want more immigrants from countries such as Haiti or in Africa, using an obscenity to describe such nations.

“The poverty of an aspiring immigrant’s nation of origin is as irrelevant as their race,” Romney tweeted. “The sentiment attributed to POTUS is inconsistent [with] America’s history and antithetical to American values.”

Friends of both Romney and McCain say Romney’s willingness to jump back into the political arena provides them with another high-profile antagonist to Trump’s America-first worldview.

Is Romney’s timing important? “Yeah, it is,” said Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).

Plenty of other Republicans on Capitol Hill maintain those traditional Republican values of global dominance and free trade, but most of their voices have been quieted in the era of Trump.

“He’ll have a big impact. He comes with immediate gravitas, credibility and stature, and it will be a whole new power structure, I think, in the Senate, as people gravitate to him,” Flake said of Romney.

The anti-Trump Republicans need all the help they can get. McCain returned to Arizona before Christmas and has not appeared in the Senate since. Flake is retiring at the end of this year. Sen. Bob Corker (Tenn.), after a public dispute with Trump about his behavior related to race riots in Charlottesville, announced that he, too, would retire.

Corker is reconsidering whether to run for reelection, but he probably would do so only if Trump supports his bid — a move that might make criticism of the president more difficult.

In the House, most Republicans have embraced much of Trump’s agenda and have worked to protect him from an investigation of Russian efforts to tip the 2016 election in his favor. Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), who initially refused to endorse Trump in 2016, sided against the FBI and the Justice Department in favor of Republicans on the intelligence committee in releasing a memo that attempted to undermine portions of the Trump investigation.

A decade ago, in February 2008, Romney withdrew from the Republican presidential primary after a bitter and sometimes personal campaign against McCain. But four years later they put that behind them and, early in the 2012 primary, McCain threw his support to Romney.

Both Republicans would go on to lose to Barack Obama in their respective general- election contests, but they have both retained some level of prominence as elder statesmen in their party, particularly on foreign-policy matters.

Senators in both parties say that in world travels, gravitas matters. World leaders take McCain far more seriously than any other senator traveling abroad.

“When John McCain speaks, the world listens,” Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), McCain’s longtime travel partner, said Wednesday. “He’s got respect from all over the world in terms of foreign policy.”

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#1. To: Gatlin (#0)

A financial criminal replacing a traitor who crashed jets on an aircraft carrier.

Your American political system at work.

“When John McCain speaks, the world listens,” Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), McCain’s longtime travel partner, said Wednesday.

"Travel partner", huh? All indications lead one to believe he's more than just that.

Or maybe he just means "fellow traveler".

...a person who is not a member of a particular group or political party (especially the Communist Party), but who sympathizes with the group's aims and policies.

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Those who most loudly denounce Fake News are typically those most aggressively disseminating it.

Deckard  posted on  2018-02-16   5:30:59 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: All (#0)

With McCain’s retreat, some turn to Romney to carry his torch

Once again, some are to be reminded to always “be careful what you ask for.”

Gatlin  posted on  2018-02-16   6:00:18 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Gatlin, Juan McStain, Masshole Mitt (#0)

Due to Hillary's failing health Senator McStain was forced to choose his second pick, Masshole Mitt.

hondo68  posted on  2018-02-16   6:04:40 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Deckard (#1)

Your American political system at work.

"Your" American pollitical system ... ???

What, you have suddenly declared yourself to be some kind of a foreigner?

Hey, autistic dipshit....you are an American citizen living in this country and therefore it is "OUR" political system.

And don't your forget it ...

Gatlin  posted on  2018-02-16   6:05:39 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Gatlin (#4)

"Your" American pollitical system ... ???

That's right - voting only legitimizes the criminal cabal in Washington.

I refuse to take part in it.

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“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Those who most loudly denounce Fake News are typically those most aggressively disseminating it.

Deckard  posted on  2018-02-16   6:10:39 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Deckard (#5)

Your" American political system ... ???

That's right - voting only legitimizes the criminal cabal in Washington.

I refuse to take part in it.

You have become a renegade turncoat with no honor.

You should therefore “Benedict Arnold” and get your ass out of this country to go someplace that has a government you can “take part in.”

Your Americanophobia is an unforgiveable disgrace.

Gatlin  posted on  2018-02-16   6:29:26 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Gatlin (#6)

You keep voting for the same group of criminals who have no love for liberty - who is the real traitor Parsons?

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Those who most loudly denounce Fake News are typically those most aggressively disseminating it.

Deckard  posted on  2018-02-16   6:32:16 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: Deckard (#7) (Edited)

It is you who has developed an intolerant and irrational hatred for our nation and all things in it. You are so obsessed with hatred that you have let yourself become morally corrupt, a wicked and depraved individual.

All you can do anymore is post articles promoting hate and express disgust with everything. I am no psychiatrist but I don’t have to be one to see that you are truly a trouble individual.

You let yourself get greatly incensed while reading and believing the “click-bait” yellow journalism articles….articles that have become the scripture in your “Anarchist Bible.”

You condemn this great country yet you take advantage od what is guarantees….freedom of speech…to further an agenda of hatred.

It is truly alarming to continually read your disgusted and baffled remarks where you invariably show your extreme disdain for America.

May God grant you peace and relief from your misery …

Gatlin  posted on  2018-02-16   7:14:41 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: Deckard (#7)

Youre a traitor to our nation's children. You want them to live in a drug state.

A K A Stone  posted on  2018-02-16   7:40:11 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: Gatlin (#8)

I am no psychiatrist

Yet here you are idiotically claiming you know me.

Freaking clown!

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Those who most loudly denounce Fake News are typically those most aggressively disseminating it.

Deckard  posted on  2018-02-16   7:43:33 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: A K A Stone (#9)

Youre a traitor to our nation's children.

Seems to me that the people who keep voting corrupt criminals into office are the traitors to the children.

You want them to live in a drug state.

And your insanity continues unabated.

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Those who most loudly denounce Fake News are typically those most aggressively disseminating it.

Deckard  posted on  2018-02-16   7:45:21 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: Gatlin (#8)

You are so obsessed with hatred...

I have a hatred for evil - the question is, why don't you Parsons? You praise and worship the corruption in Washington and refuse to see that you are just a pawn in the eyes of the State.

...you have let yourself become morally corrupt, a wicked and depraved individual.

Yawns - more delusions from the pompous, self-righteous bullshit artist whose self-aggrandizing braggadocio is a constant source of amusement here.

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Those who most loudly denounce Fake News are typically those most aggressively disseminating it.

Deckard  posted on  2018-02-16   7:51:11 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#13. To: Deckard (#12)

I have a hatred for evil ...
Yes, you do and everything to you is evil....so you hate everything.
You praise and worship the corruption in Washington and refuse to see that you are just a pawn in the eyes of the State.

There is corruption is Washington and I do not praise or worship it....I am patiently and proudly watching Donald Trump do away with it.

Recognizing that authority is necessary does not by any means show that someone is a pawn.

Yawns - more delusions from the pompous, self-righteous bullshit artist whose self- aggrandizing braggadocio is a constant source of amusement here.
“Truth is where your find it.”

Your problem is, you can neither recognize it nor accept it.

May God some day grant you that ability ...

Gatlin  posted on  2018-02-16   8:14:06 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#14. To: Deckard (#10)

I am no psychiatrist. Yet here you are idiotically claiming you know me.
Deckard, I do know you.

The information in your posts and the pattern of the articles you present on LF, shows your true moral character and exposes your life like an open book….whereby it so very easy to discern your thoughts and feelings.

You are a deeply bitter and strongly hateful person whose passion for misery knows no limiting boundary.

Gatlin  posted on  2018-02-16   9:40:26 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#15. To: Gatlin (#0) (Edited)

It’s not clear how Romney, a heavy favorite to win,

Win what?

Friends of both Romney and McCain say Romney’s willingness to jump back into the political arena provides them with another high-profile antagonist to Trump’s America-first worldview.

Yeah,heaven forbid we have a President that is so uncultured he puts American first!

Good for you,Mittens! Be bold,and go ahead and stake out that anti-American ground early. Between the RINO votes and the Dim votes,it might just work for you.

“When John McCain speaks, the world listens,” Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), McCain’s longtime travel partner, said Wednesday.

"Travel partner"???? Is that what the San Francisco Crowd is call it now?

And the world not only listens,they have a good laugh at our expense.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2018-02-16   9:57:39 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#16. To: Deckard (#5)

That's right - voting only legitimizes the criminal cabal in Washington.

I refuse to take part in it.

Then go off into a corner and play with yourself.

You are either a part of the problem or a part of the solution,and you have your head up your ass and are a part of the problem,just like every other whinny little bitch of a 9 year old that doesn't get the toy they want from mommy.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2018-02-16   10:07:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#17. To: Deckard (#7)

You are,because all you want to do to solve the problem is to stamp your little feets and cry,instead of trying to create change.

Nothing you say or think has any relevance at all.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2018-02-16   10:09:28 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#18. To: Deckard (#10)

I am no psychiatrist

Yet here you are idiotically claiming you know me.

Freaking clown!

I'm not a shrike either,but knowing you is as simple as you are. You are a whiner and a quitter.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2018-02-16   10:10:59 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#19. To: Gatlin (#0)


FAIL

VxH  posted on  2018-02-16   10:20:40 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#20. To: sneakypete (#16)

You are either a part of the problem or a part of the solution,

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“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Those who most loudly denounce Fake News are typically those most aggressively disseminating it.

Deckard  posted on  2018-02-16   10:42:46 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#21. To: sneakypete, VxH, Deckard (#15)

Ready to serve, french fries?

hondo68  posted on  2018-02-16   11:55:25 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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