Mitt Romney, the Republican Payback
At a critical moment for US politics, the former Massachusetts governor has announced his anticipated campaign for the Senate seat, which many perceive as a comeback of the anti-Trump GOP.
2018 is shaping up as a year in which Democrats - and the entire country - could have a political vendetta against the Republican Party.
In the absence of a coherent political leadership, it is not surprising that new (and old) profiles emerge within the same big parties.
Such is the case of Mitt Romney, an American businessman and politician best known for having been governor of the state of Massachusetts between 2003 and 2007 and for having run for president in 2012 against Barack Obama.
After a time out of the spotlight, this conservative has decided to put a foot on his words and launch a campaign to replace Orrin Hatch, president 'pro tempore' of the Senate, who will retire from politics after more than 40 years in politics, according to Europa Press.
"Given all that America faces, we feel that this is the right time for me to serve our state and our country," the politician said through his campaign video. "I ask for your support and your vote."
Romney's political strategy is shaping up to be a "Republican rematch" against Donald Trump’s government, considering he harshly criticized him during the Republican primaries in 2016. "I'm contending for the US Senate to serve the people of Utah and bring the values of Utah to Washington," his video continues. "Utah has a lot to teach politicians in Washington," he explained, referring to the economic balance and even to the respect for immigrant citizens.
While Romney was seduced by the Trump Administration to be part of his team at first, his "light conservative" positions have distanced both sides for some time.
This is why, for more radical Republicans, this is precisely one of the reasons why the GOP should not support the former governor.
Utah Republican Party chairman Rob Anderson told The Salt Lake Tribune that he doubted Romney's ability to represent the party. "He has never been a Trump supporter. I just want someone to support the party platforms," he said.
On the other hand, for media such as The Atlantic, Utah's political immobility is the fundamental tool for this conservative's campaign. "Even as Trump has successfully conquered much of American conservatism, deep-red Utah has remained surprisingly resistant to his forays," the media explains.
At a time when the GOP is perceived more as a tribe (whose chief is obviously the president), a candidate for the Senate like Romney could imply an internal divisionism that will make the 2018 elections more difficult, putting face to face a riddled Republican Party against a Democrat who still doesn’t know what strings to pull.