False equivalence

Senator Mitt Romney is taking heat for a statement in which he compares Donald Trump’s behavior and rhetoric to that of Keith Olbermann (who may have been fired from his own YouTube channel by the time this has been posted).

I agree that there’s absolutely no comparison. Once of these men is a pompous blowhard with authoritarian tendencies and a grossly inflated belief in his own intelligence, and who has turned off everyone he’s ever worked with and appeals only to a dwindling, fanatical cult following. The other is President of the United States.

I’d forgotten what political courage looks like

Romney’s note to his Senate colleagues, via Axios.

Yes, being part of a high-profile Mormon political dynasty probably makes you invincible in Utah. And, yes, Romney did once seek Trump’s endorsement and later angled for a position in the Trump cabinet.

And even with all that in mind, this still took some serious guts:

Sen. Mitt Romney sealed a place in history Wednesday by voting to convict President Trump of abuse of power, becoming a lone voice of dissent in a Republican Party that otherwise has marched in lockstep with the president throughout the impeachment proceedings.

Romney voted against the second article of impeachment, which accused the president of obstruction of Congress. But on the first article, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee said that he found the evidence against Trump overwhelming and the arguments by the president’s defense ultimately unconvincing.

Romney’s decision, announced in a deeply personal speech on the Senate floor, where he spoke of his faith and constitutional duty, sparked an immediate and intense outcry among Trump’s supporters — fury that Romney acknowledged is unlikely to fade.

Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son, called for Romney to be “expelled” from the GOP, while many of Trump’s congressional allies cast him as a bitter and irrelevant relic of a Republican establishment that has all but crumbled before Trump in recent years.

Between this and being proven right about Russia, the passage of time has been pretty good to ol’ Mitt, hasn’t it?