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Fri Feb 14, 2020, 06:58 AM

Maine Beacon: "History will remember Mitt Romney, not Susan Collins"

February 13, 2020 John L. Micek

When future historians look for the last, documented instance of Republican political courage in the Trump imperium, they’ll look to one man: Sen. Mitt Romney.

In one extraordinary speech on the floor of the United States Senate on Wednesday, the Utah senator made remarks that were both utterly moving in their absolute humanity and totally damning in their vivid rebuttal of GOP capitulation to a bankrupt White House.

“I swore an oath before God to exercise impartial justice,” Romney told a nearly empty chamber around 2 p.m. on Wednesday, two hours before the Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump.

As The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank wrote, Romney, fighting back tears, paused for some 12 seconds to collect himself before continuing.

“The grave question the Constitution tasks senators to answer is whether the president committed an act so extreme and egregious that it rises to the level of a high crime and misdemeanor. Yes, he did,” Romney said, as the Senate gallery filled with journalists recording his remarks for the ages.

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Maine Sen. Susan Collins, who plays a maverick on television and who voted in favor of calling witnesses, sided with her Republican colleagues on acquittal, even as she called Trump’s behavior wrong.

It was the same kind of transactional and fleeting courage pioneered by former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who made late-career fame out of publicly holding up the nomination of now-Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, but who ultimately voted to confirm a flawed candidate.

Not Romney.

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https://mainebeacon.com/history-will-remember-mitt-romney-not-susan-collins/

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 07:09 AM

1. she will be remembered in a different way...not so nice...

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 07:16 AM

2. Look, this is all fine and well except

Republicans could give a fuck all about this how they will be looked at down the road.

They are living in the moment, they want to keep their power and all the many ways that being in the good graces of the "conservative" cult can turn them a buck now and after they are in office, first and foremost, but even more, they have poured their bullshit kool aid down their throats by the gallon and truly BELIEVE in it all.

FURTHER, they very successfully manage to rewrite history. Their perversion of what our Founder Fathers said and created and Christianity, hell Reagen was recast as a demigod within a decade of the end of his tenure.

Thumping our chests about "how history ..." does nothing other than mitigate our sense of hopelessness over what is unfolding.

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Response to Cosmocat (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 07:22 AM

4. I don't see anybody "thumping their chest" about this. That thing won't be in office forever &

their kind is dying out daily. Demographics are against them. Our job is to hold the line until then.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 07:18 AM

3. Since history is written by the victors, if we lose the next election Romney will be in history

books noted as the evil one.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 07:25 AM

5. Don't be so sure. History remembers Neville Chamberlain, doesn't it?

Was "learned his lesson" any more true than "peace in our time"?

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Response to JHB (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 07:27 AM

6. But look at HOW Chamberlain is remembered.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 08:08 AM

8. Precisely my point.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 07:42 AM

7. Hey, I'm Sure Mitt Was

Looking to running in 2024 or something. But even if so, it was a courageous vote, and I love, love, love the media catching on to Ms. Collins the Concerned. Go Sara Gideon, go!!!

Great mention of Flake too. Same performance that Collins has made the centerpiece of her career.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 08:29 AM

9. I'm fortunate to have enough brain cells to remember both Mitt and Susan, or POS1 and POS2,

as I like to think of them. Of course that's just my opinion. Anybody else with me on this?

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 10:30 AM

10. She can always be remembered as a bad example. nt

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 05:40 PM

11. Wow! I think history will view Romney's speech

as being in the same league as the Gettysburg Address.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 08:12 PM

12. K&R

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