In the 1950’s John F. Kennedy wrote a book called Profiles in Courage telling the stories of politicians who had hurt themselves politically to make a statement or take an action that they believed to be right. It was a small book.
I think when asked about the size, Kennedy quipped there was a shortage of material. I just watched Mitt Romney exemplify the courage Kennedy described. And I was, frankly, amazed.
Romney has often voiced elements of what used to be the Republican party, including a sense of integrity, but he has never really confronted the president like he did today. So, I wasn’t expecting this. Apparently Trump’s sins have finally become too much for Romney to tolerate. Like the boy in the tale The Emperor’s New Clothes, he looks at Trump and finally sees “the emperor is not wearing clothes.”
He announced he would vote to convict Trump this afternoon of at least one of the two charges of his impeachment. When all other Republican Senators have done a great job of playing hide-go-seek, with a few semi-exceptions like Lamar Alexander, Romney has just come forth to assert that, after much consideration, he believes Trump has committed an “appalling abuse of public trust” an abuse so grave that it merits being ousted from the presidency.
Senator Lamar Alexander did assert that Trump did something “inappropriate” but not sufficiently proven to deserve conviction. He and other Republicans who fell in behind him said that they thought Trump would learn from this and not do it again.
WHO ARE THEY KIDDING, BESIDES THEMSELVES? Trump the guy who never admits to making a mistake or doing wrong, including this whole Ukraine affair? Why on earth would he change now, since he just got away with abusing his power without even a censure vote from the lap dog Trumpublicans in the Senate.
Romney will get endless crap from fellow Republicans for announcing the obvious truth. Of course, Trump will still be acquitted this afternoon. Romney knows that. That’s why he merits a chapter in any revisions of the Kennedy book.