Trump-hostile GOP establishment questions Romney's attack on President
A Republican establishment impatient with President Trump but uninterested in fomenting an intraparty crackup ahead of 2020 is questioning Mitt Romney’s motivation for issuing a scathing takedown of the president.
These Republican insiders weren’t necessarily disputing Romney’s attention-grabbing Washington Post op-ed — that Trump is unfit for the presidency and driving U.S. foreign policy into a ditch. But they argued with the timing, saying it suggests the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee is all about self-promotion. Romney is to be sworn in as Utah’s junior senator on Thursday, Day 12 of the Republicans’ shutdown showdown with the Democrats.
“I’m not sure what he thought he was accomplishing, aside from annoying the president and lots of fellow senators,” a Republican senator said, requesting anonymity to avoid getting caught in the fray. “Also, why do it in abstract? Why not just wait till he has a concrete disagreement?”
Continue reading at the Washington Examiner.