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How Mitt Romney could wind up running the United States 6 years
The Brookings Institution ^ | 04-26-2018 | Elaine Kamarck

Posted on 05/21/2018 6:08:21 PM PDT by Trump20162020

If, as expected, Mitt Romney wins his race for a Senate seat from Utah he may become the most powerful man in the United States Senate. As many of us remember, Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts, ran for president in 2012 and lost to Barack Obama. It wasn’t one of those totally humiliating losses—the map did not turn blue—but we assumed Mitt Romney would fade into history.

Well, maybe not.

The seat will remain Republican-held for President Trump come January of 2019, but this one could very well turn out to be the swing vote in the Senate. If Democrats pick up one seat, not two, the Senate will be tied and Trump will have to continue to rely on Vice President Pence to cast tie-breaking votes, unless other Republicans defect. In that scenario Romney, a frequent critic of President Trump’s, could easily upset the balance of power.

The reason? Republican Senator Romney will have what no other Republican Senator currently has, a Republican constituency that does not like President Trump. Trump came in third in the Republican primary in Utah in 2016 and in the general election a large number of voters voted for the independent and Mormon conservative Evan McMullin, rather than pull the lever for Trump or Hillary. For comparison, in 2016 Donald Trump won about 45 percent of the general election vote in Utah; in 2012, Romney won about 73 percent of the presidential vote there. Mormon voters, who make up the majority of voters in Utah, are perhaps the only conservative religious bloc in the country who are bothered by President Trump’s many infidelities and dubious business practices—Trump’s approval among Mormons trails behind white evangelicals by 14 points.

(Excerpt) Read more at brookings.edu ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts; US: Michigan; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: 2018election; 2020election; amnesty; brookingsinstitution; elainekamarck; election2018; election2020; evanmcmullin; massachusetts; michigan; mittens; mittromney; negative; no; noeffinway; noway; openborders; romney; romneycare; senate; utah
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1 posted on 05/21/2018 6:08:22 PM PDT by Trump20162020
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To: Trump20162020

Bwaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaa. My gut hurts


2 posted on 05/21/2018 6:11:19 PM PDT by nikos1121
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To: Trump20162020

The Utah republican primaries were rigged. It was voter fraud out in the open and in front of all our faces. This is bull that Utah hates Trump.


3 posted on 05/21/2018 6:13:09 PM PDT by Democrats hate too much
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To: Trump20162020

Because we need someone even dumber than Turtle.


4 posted on 05/21/2018 6:14:24 PM PDT by Zathras
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To: Trump20162020

Of all the things to write about going on today, and THIS is what the Brookings Institute writes about? What universe does this happen?


5 posted on 05/21/2018 6:14:26 PM PDT by ripnbang ("An armed man is a citizen, an unarmed man, a subject.")
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To: Trump20162020

Mormon voters, who make up the majority of voters in Utah, are perhaps the only conservative religious bloc in the country who are bothered by President Trump’s many infidelities and dubious business practices—Trump’s approval among Mormons trails behind white evangelicals by 14 points.


BOL. Mormons hate Trump because they want open borders.


6 posted on 05/21/2018 6:14:35 PM PDT by lodi90
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To: Trump20162020
Romney is a miserable, lying sleazebag who will say anything at all that serves his own personal interests at any given moment.

In 2012, when he wanted (and received) Trump’s endorsement for his doomed presidential campaign, he spoke about Trump in the most glowing, obsequious terms:

Romney thanks Trump for endorsement.

But in 2016, all of a sudden Trump was a liar, a con man and a failure as a business man.

As the above video shows, Romney doesn't have an ounce of integrity, and shouldn’t hold any political position or have any public presence whatsoever.

7 posted on 05/21/2018 6:14:58 PM PDT by Maceman (We need a temporary ban on Muslims just until churches and synagogues can be built in Mecca.)
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To: Democrats hate too much
The presidential election would have to have been rigged too. Remember it was Utah that made that creep Evan McMullin a thing, and Trump ended up winning there with only 45.5% of the vote, vs. 72.6% for Romney in 2012.

Mormons are very pro-illegal. Utah is the only red state that gives driver's licenses to illegal aliens. It's that Mormon "welcoming culture" thing, I guess.

8 posted on 05/21/2018 6:15:33 PM PDT by Trump20162020
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To: Trump20162020

Headline is misleading.


9 posted on 05/21/2018 6:16:11 PM PDT by The people have spoken (Proud member of Hillary's basket of deplorables)
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To: Democrats hate too much

“This is bull that Utah hates Trump.”

Trump only got 45% of the vote in Utah due to Evan McMullen. Yeah Trump would have gotten 60% without McMullen on the ballot, but in Utah, people are Mormons first, Republican second. There in no bigger Mormon in America than Mitt Romney. If Romney gets elected, people there will side with him before they will with Trump


10 posted on 05/21/2018 6:16:49 PM PDT by Angels27
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To: lodi90

Mormons are far underrepresented in the military, and have historically not been the most loyal of Americans. They are very open borders.


11 posted on 05/21/2018 6:17:44 PM PDT by DesertRhino (Dog is man's best friend, and moslems hate dogs. Add that up. ....)
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To: Trump20162020

Brookings wants Romney to be the new McCain.


12 posted on 05/21/2018 6:17:58 PM PDT by House Atreides (BOYCOTT the NFL, its products and players 100% - PERMANENTLY)
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To: Trump20162020

If Romney does play the “McCain” role, walking both sides of the fence, he will not receive the support he will require from the party’s conservative base to win the nomination in 2020. Even if the insiders fix the race for Romney in 2020, he will loose to the Democrat. Conservatives have been burned by the false promises and duplicity of the Bush family, McCain, and Romney. They will stay at home, not voting for Romney or the Democrat opponent.

The RINO “vote for me, I am not as bad as my democrat opponent” campaign appeal to the voting base is not going to work in the future. Republican conservatives have been played for fools too long.


13 posted on 05/21/2018 6:18:29 PM PDT by Soul of the South (The past is gone and cannot be changed. Tomorrow can be a better day if we work on it.)
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To: Trump20162020

I would vote for Jeff Flake for President before I would vote for Mitt (Rhymes with ??) Romney for dog catcher.


14 posted on 05/21/2018 6:22:38 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: Trump20162020

I would vote for Jeff Flake for President before I would vote for Mitt (Rhymes with ??) Romney for dog catcher.


15 posted on 05/21/2018 6:22:59 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: Trump20162020

nope


16 posted on 05/21/2018 6:24:38 PM PDT by steveo
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Is Mike Lee who was a neverTrumper opposed to Mitt Romney?


17 posted on 05/21/2018 6:24:54 PM PDT by TakebackGOP
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To: Zathras

Screw Mittens. I won’t bother to vote if he runs.


18 posted on 05/21/2018 6:28:18 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The MSM is the enemy of the American people)
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To: DesertRhino
Mormons ......not he most loyal of Americans. They are very open borders.
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A cult of traitors. I neither trust nor like them.

Too bad they weren't all wiped out at Nauvoo.

19 posted on 05/21/2018 6:28:45 PM PDT by sailor76 ( TRUMP, is still my hero.)
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I would vote for Jeff Flake for President before I would vote for Mitt (Rhymes with ??) Romney for dog catcher.

I'd have to seriously think about that one.

20 posted on 05/21/2018 6:29:40 PM PDT by ealgeone
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