Mitt’s Conscience is an Asshole

In Hollywood, having a conscience is often an important plot device. Something bad is about to happen but then one of the characters has an attack of conscience and does a good thing instead. But what is “conscience?” Is it our better nature speaking to us? Is it an invisible little angel perched on our shoulder whispering into our ear, urging us to do the right thing?

Or is it merely an internal sensation we feel when we are faced with two or more competing urges? More specifically, is it a mechanism for resolving a conflict between our intellect and our emotions?
Our “intellect” comes from one part of our brains, and our emotions and feelings come from an older “reptilian” part of our brains. Most of our philosophy, religion, art, and literature is about resolving that conflict in favor of our intellect. Juveniles are ruled by their emotions. Maturity is the dominion of the intellect over emotion.

The ultimate in intellectual control is logical reasoning. It is intellect unbound from emotion. Mr. Spock and the Vulcans are all about logic. But emotions are sneaky. Our reptilian brains control the flow of hormones, and hormones are to intellect what chocolate is to Jenny Craig. Emotions will seduce intellect and corrupt logical reasoning. When emotion controls intellect, logical reasoning becomes rationalization.

Rationalization is pseudologic. It looks like logic and sounds like logic, but it is really just our intellect defending the choices our emotions made. Which brings me to Multiple Mitt and Lucienne Goldberg’s idiot son.

We all saw what Mittens did. We all saw the reaction. Democrats love them some Mitt Romney. They are smitten with Mittens. Eight years ago, Mitt was Hitler, but now he is a man of good character and moral rectitude. The reaction of Trump supporters ranged between “livid” and “apoplectic.”

Not one to pass up an anti-Trump controversy or a buffet table, Jonah Goldberg waded in.

I have criticized—and defended—Mitt Romney many times. But the effort, admittedly mostly from the worst goons, buffoons, and satraps of Trumpism, to describe him as a person of low character in defense of President Trump is one of the ugliest political spectacles I have ever witnessed. Has Romney at times been calculating? Of course. He’s a politician. But the suggestion that he is not an honest or decent man because he was “disloyal” to such a profoundly dishonest and indecent man is an exercise in mobbish immorality and the madness of crowds. And by the way, all of these gibbons and poltroons yammering on about how he was disloyal never seem to dwell on the question of why Trump should demand his loyalty in the first place? What does Romney owe Donald Trump? What trust or bond has he “betrayed”? Romney wasn’t elected because of Donald Trump.

If you honestly would prefer your children grow up to be more like Donald Trump than Mitt Romney, I don’t know that there’s anything left to talk about. Watch his actual speech on the floor. I have no problem with people who disagree with his reasoning. But to come away thinking he’s anything other than a man molded by charactering-building institutions (his family, his church, the Senate itself) who is trying to do right by them strikes me as a kind of Trump-personality-cult derangement.

And speaking of the d-word, last week I noted the effort to bend all of conservatism and the Republican Party to the cause of personal loyalty to Donald Trump was a form of intellectual corruption. This week we saw it could actually get worse. The hysterics insisting that Romney must be kicked out of the GOP—an effort Mitch McConnell sees for the idiocy it is—are in effect arguing that you can vote for all of Trump’s judges and the vast bulk of his legislative initiatives and it counts for nothing if you don’t accept full baptism into his cult of personality.

I’ve been saying for 20 years that the cult of unity is a poison and that the hero in the American political tradition is not the mob, but the man who stands up to it. This week there was one hero and it wasn’t Donald Trump.

Don Surber has a detailed answer to the questions raised by Doughy Pantload. I’ll add this:

Mitt Romney does owe Donald Trump his loyalty and support. Even more so, Mitt Romney owes the Republican party his loyalty and support. It what should have been a no-brainer Mitt Romney took the dishonorable course and betrayed the trust that was given to him by Trump and by the voters.

Politics is a team sport. In American politics, there are only two teams that can field a full roster of players all across the country. As our nation has become more polarized the importance of partisan loyalty has become more critical. The recently concluded impeachment proceedings were 95% partisan politics and 5% personal disdain for Donald Trump.

When you run for office as a member of a party there is an implied covenant of support for that party and that party’s candidates, at least in partisan matters. In the old days, there were liberals and conservatives in both parties. That made bipartisanship easy. Nowadays “compromise” and “comity” are dirty words, and the only time you see bipartisanship in Congress is when they are voting for a congressional pay raise.

Voters should have a reasonable expectation that if a Democrat candidate for the House or Senate wins an election he would vote like a Democrat for the entirety of that term in office. The idea that a Democrat office-holder would be a partisan for the Democrat party is baked into the cake.

In 2018 the voters in Utah voted for the Republican candidate for the Senate. That Candidate was Mitt Romney. He defeated a Republican in the primary and a Democrat in the general election. Would he have won either of those elections if he had proclaimed that he intended to support the Democrat efforts to impeach Trump?

We do not expect any elected official to violate his conscience, assuming he has one. But it defies credulity to assert that Trump is not only guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of an abuse of power but that said abuse of power was of such magnitude and scope that it mandated his conviction and removal from office less than a year from the next election. Keep in mind that when Mitt cast his vote it was already certain that Trump would be acquitted because there were more than 34 votes to acquit.

The impeachment of Donald Trump was motivated by partisanship and personal animosity. All but two House Democrats voted in favor of impeachment, and every Republican in the House, as well as two Democrat defectors, voted no. In other words, the GOP voted 288-1 against impeaching Donald Trump. Mitt was the one.

So what is up with Mitt’s high-toned moralizing and his statements explaining and defending his vote to impeach? That, boys and girls, was rationalization. That was the Mittster using his intellect to justify the petty and personal choices his emotions made. Mitt voted his conscience. The problem is his conscience is a disloyal, petty, and vindictive asshole.

The republicans might need Mitt Romney right now, but they don’t want him. Can you blame them?

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98 Responses to Mitt’s Conscience is an Asshole

  1. lyn says:

  2. Myiq2xu™ says:

    In military terminology, Mitt Romney is a buddyfucker.

  3. lyn says:

    This is why the NH rally was short.

  4. lyn says:

  5. votermom says:

  6. helenk3 says:

    mitt’s bloviating about his religious beliefs reminded me why I firmly believe that you put on a flak jacket and hold your wallet when someone starts telling you how religious they are.
    the only reason I voted him when he was running against backtrack, was that I could not stand backtrack and would always vote against him.
    mitt had no problem with Trump when he wanted his endorsement twice and was a tad upset when he did not get the SOS job he wanted.
    His theme song should be “The Backstabber”

  7. helenk3 says:

    I am very glad about this. I have family that live in south Jersey. In the summer you have people come from all over and the last thing they need in illegals with criminal records adding to the danger

  8. helenk3 says:

    bad lip reading

  9. helenk3 says:

    they are not my carrier but this does not sound good for their customers

  10. Angie says:

    Troll level: Legendary

    • DeniseVB says:

      The comments in that thread were full of TDS trying to remind Trump and his supporters were being mocked, that’s what makes the clip even funnier.

  11. Angie says:

    This is actually racist af and should end Bloomberg’s campaign, but the media will not give this the same 24/7 coverage as they did Trump’s out of context “both sides” or Romney’s 47%

  12. Angie says:

    Bye bye sanctuary cities

  13. taw46 says:

    He’s on the cruise ship quarantined in Japan. Now with 135 cases. He is pretty upbeat considering the circumstances. Anyway, he’s been tweeting, here is his twitter account.

    • DeniseVB says:

      LOL, he can’t get enough coffee 🙂

    • DeniseVB says:

      Finally read his timeline, great observations vs. our media putting them in hell. Smart guy for upgrading to a balcony room large enough for a table and chairs. My balcony on my last cruise was big enough for two chairs, a tiny table, but big enough to hold an ashtray. It’s the one I took Special Greg on. For those who friend follow me on FB, check out my photo albums for that cruise’s photos. 2010ish.

      • elliesmom says:

        Elliesdad wouldn’t stay in anything smaller than one of the mini-suites with a balcony. The first time I booked it just to get him to go, but after that cruise he didn’t have to convince me. 🙂

    • lateblum says:

      My bro and my SIL are on a cruise now. It has been a rough trip. High winds and waves up to 25’. Right in the midst of the storm, my brother gets sick – with the flu. He was in quarantine until yesterday. I guess the MD gave him Tamiflu and he got better quickly. I think they gave my sil something proactively. They are well and out of danger from the flu.
      After all that – the high seas storms and the quarantine and flu – I’d never get on another boat.
      *They have another cruise coming up almost as soon as they end this trip.

  14. elliesmom says:

    What defies logic in Mitt’s reasoning is if on one day he votes for calling more witnesses because he needs more testimony before he can vote, then how a week later when no more testimony, no more documents have been submitted, does he then have enough to vote to convict? The same thing applies to all of the Democrats, but they are all against Trump with no evidence at all needed, and their motives for wanting more witnesses had nothing to do with needing more information. The only “Spockian” logical conclusion is Mitt’s motives for voting to convict Trump are rooted in his hatred for Trump, too. It’s easy to watch Mitt Romney over the years and come to the conclusion he’s just a “holier than thou”, pompous jackass, but if you’ve watched him steamroll over the companies he’s acquired, closing them down while he plunders them for their assets and putting everyone there out of work, then you have to realize this is not a nice man. Don’t get me wrong. These companies are failing, mostly through incompetence, and vultures serve a purpose in nature and in business, but no one ever admires vultures for being sweet, docile little birds.

    • Somebody says:

      Mitt the vulture 😂😂😂 If only I was a cartoon artist.

    • swanspirit says:

      I have said this before, but at the risk of being redundant, I will say it again. I think Mitt, has mistaken his ego, for God.
      And I agree with you completely, on his motives. He hates Trump. He can’t even admit that to himself. He has to whitewash his motives, so he can still think of himself as the good guy.

    • Angie says:

      He’s a pompous jackass vulture.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Wasn’t that Richard Gere’s part in Pretty Woman, a corporate vulture? Of course, until the “hooker with a heart” showed him his evil ways and he didn’t bust that sweet grandpa’s company 😉

      Mitt’s been a thorn in Trump’s side since he entered the Senate, his vote didn’t make sense other than if you look at it as a Resist Vote. Trump was guilty of nothing, even if you lined up witnesses from now til 2024. No high crimes or misdemeanors, all they had was Orange Man Bad, resist, rinse and repeat. Tiresome. Mitt’s in deep doo-doo with conservatives because he ran the worst GOP Presidential campaign in history, when a potted plant could have beat Obama. We’ll never forget that if only he pummeled Obama like he does Trump, what could have been.

      • elliesmom says:

        I always thought Mitt Romney is a lot like George Clooney in “Up in the Air”.

        • DeniseVB says:

          My biggest disappointment with modern Hollywood Hotties was finding out Clooney and Pitt were dumber than a box of melted snowflakes. Roseanne proved that with Clooney in her first tv season casting this unknown as Booker. Pitt became famous for the women he dated/and/or married. Their SJW preachings are even dumber. Clooney moved to Italy with his new bride, only to come back because of those icky migrants camping out near his villa. “I didn’t feel safe”. Heh.

  15. Dora says:

    • Somebody says:

      Bernie had 7,500 last night, which the media keeps touting. What they don’t tell you is that he had several bands playing. How many were there only to see Bernie? How many were there for the music and food? We’ll never know. Same with Obama when the throngs showed up, they never mentioned the rock concerts, free food and beer.

  16. Dora says:

    How low will Democrats go?

    It should be common knowledge by now that the Democrats have control of California, People should understand that they do not plan on losing that control. So they spend most of their time creating an environment that secures their needs while ignoring the needs of Californians.

  17. Somebody says:

    Excellent post Klown, described Romney’s conscience and motives square on.

  18. DeniseVB says:

    WoW, I didn’t know California was in such great shape, per Gavin Newsom……

    • Miranda says:

      You would think with all that surplus, they would clean the streets. BTW, I have a very liberal friend who recently visited SF. She said the reports of the homeless issue are not exaggerated.

      • Somebody says:

        It’s such a shame, San Francisco truly is or at least was a beautiful city. One of the things I remember vividly was the smell, it smelled nice. We were there in June and a couple of specific trees were in bloom, those trees were everywhere and their fragrance permeated most of the city. I doubt anything can overcome the stench of human wastes running through the streets 🤢

        I truly don’t understand how the people living in these areas of CA continue to vote for politicians that foisted this upon them. It’s baffling. You can’t help people who aren’t willing to help themselves that goes for many of the homeless as well as many of the residents.

      • DeniseVB says:

        From Brandon Straka’s original Walk Away video: Democrats lie to you, then do absolutely nothing for you. Fact check: True 🙂

  19. DeniseVB says:

    In case you missed it……

  20. Dora says:

  21. Dora says:

    Oh My God!


    China seek for court’s approval to kill the over 20,000 coronavirus patients to avoid further spread of the virus

    The highest level of court in Chhina, Supreme People’s Court, is expected to give an approval on Friday for the mass killing of coronavirus patients in China as sure means of controlling the spread of the deadly virus.

    The State tells the court that China is on the verge of losing its health workers to Coronavirus as at least 20 health workers contract the virus daily.

    • taw46 says:

      I don’t think that is true. Haven’t seen it reported in reputable sources.

      • DeniseVB says:

        LOL, since when does China seek courts approval? I’m still wondering what happened to the Hong Kong protesters? Evil dictators have ways of disappearing those “pests”. Our “reputable” media would bury that. 😀

        • Mt.Laurel says:

          Dictators don’t seek anyone’s approval.
          And yes, China is very good at disappearing tricks. They would not bother with a process that might impede their decisions. It is eerie enough that the coronavirus has pushed aside some of the camouflage that usally obscures just about everything in China.

          Maybe they will ship people to this ghost cities they built?

  22. taw46 says:

    So now I hear there is a Holland cruise ship that isn’t allowed to dock in any country for fear of Coronavirus. 2000 people at sea for two weeks.

  23. foxyladi14 says:

    Trish and the President. 😀

    • Somebody says:

      She does a very good job in this interview. She covers a broad range of topics in a short amount of time. Her questions are short and concise and she allows POTUS to fully answer without interruption. Kudos to Trish for a job well done.

  24. foxyladi14 says:


  25. Dora says:

  26. Dora says:

    I never realized he was such a super snob! Just read some of this crap!



    Back in 2016, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg made elitist and demeaning comments about Midwestern rubes who are too uneducated to support transgender bathroom access. The remarks, which resurfaced on Friday, illustrate the patronizing attitude many pro-transgender activists have toward those who dare to disagree with the view that gender identity overrides biological sex. Ironically, transgender activists were triggered by how the former mayor insulted the Midwesterners who disagree with them.

    Speaking to an audience at Oxford University and addressing the Brexit vote, Bloomberg said, “We, the intelligentsia, the people who could make it into this room, we believe a lot of things in terms of equality and protecting individual rights that make no sense to the vast bulk of people.”

  27. Mothy67 says:

    So I had quite the day yesterday. My stupid toe seems to be clinging to fungi. It is only like one little dot, but it is stubborn. I stood up and I was like mother of God that hurts. So i call my PCP. She said go to the ER if it really is that bad. I could feel the heat. I go to the ER. The nurse tells me she used to work in the clinic and one day she was going to do a diabetic foot check. She took off a woman’s sock and her toes come off with the sock!!! I was like why would you tell that to someone in the ER. Really.
    I stop on my way home at this bar because I did not want to do rush hour bus. It is one of the circles of hell. The local news was on and of course there was Orange Man Bad drama. The man next to me made a snide comment. I still haven’t !earned to choose my battles. I said I love the Mad Man. Eeks. How could I do that to “our” community. He is destroying our people. I do not subscribe to the group think of lgbtq. I never have. Maybe its because I have a big family and we as close as Irish assholes can be. My identity is not screaming gay. I am many things. So this guy tells me he was molested and at 18 he enlisted and was given a positive diagnosis and discharged. I said well yeah you cannot fly a jet fighter if you are comprimised. A diabetic cannot commandeer a plane. You have to be combat ready. He is now 29 and he works nonprofit. He got on his high horse to tell me about AIDS. I was like dude I was doing God’s Love We Deliver before you were born. I lived in Philly and Manhatten at the height of the crisis. I have attended too many funerals. He was using his status as a sword and shield. I asked him what Trump has done i said I hear him talking about extinguishing HIV. No president has ever been so open about discussing what is the biggest issue in your life. I asked has Hillary when not talking to donors ever stood on the national stage and addressed the issue?
    He then went on to trans rights. I do not get trans. I don’t get it at all. I have non traditional attributes. I don’t think I am a woman because I have a nurturing instinct. Why can’t there be masculine women and feminine men. Things like make up and cocktail dresses are pretty recent things. So he got angry and told me “old” people and our thoughts are poison. He kept trying to get on his phone to prove to me Donald hates the gays. He was shit out of luck. I repeated Richard Grenell and Peter Theil. He told me if I ever showed up at his clinic he wouldshut the door. I could die in the cold before he helped me.
    Final Jeopardy happened and I thought it was safe to get the bus. It was about a six block walk but there is a Burger King on the way. This guy who I assume is not allowed in a bar starts following me. He tells me he wants to take me in the alley and rape me. I was like wrong day buddy. I am not in the mood. You do not want to piss me off. He had a knife. I said go away. Burger King has 10 nuggets for 1.49. I am getting two orders as a treat for my dogs(girls). If you are hungry I will get you food, but being raped in an alley is just not on my agenda today. I think he thought I was completely insane because I laughed at his knife and kept walking. I then went to the casino and lost. I got screwed at the poker table.

  28. Dora says:

    700WLW, overnight news reports:

    The British Department of Health and Social Care just issued a decree that people in Great Britain who have the Wuhan Coronavirus WILL BE FORCIBLY QUARANTINED (emphasis mine).

    Confirmed by US News:

    • SHV says:

      The whole Wuhan flu panic situation doesn’t make sense with the reported cases and fatalities. So far the “regular” flu season in the US, alone, so far, 22 million cases of the illness, 210,000 hospitalizations and 12,000 deaths. Something about this situation has people “in the know” scared shitless or it’s a herd mentality stupidity. I guess, if this situation turns out to be another nothing “pandemic’, it good practice for when the next “Spanish” flu come along. IIRC, at it’s peak, in Nov. 1918 ~200,000 people died of the flu in the US in one month (with 1/3 of today’s population).

  29. Mothy67 says:

    I asked Jordan the young man who asserts he knows everything at what age kids can or should be exposed to explicit things. I said my brat and all her friends got into American Horror Story. I cannot block what I do not want my baby to see. All kids have cell phones.. American Horror Story Hotel pretty much starts with a man being brutalized. I got it is a metaphor about addiction. How you sell your soul when you have a monkey on your back. I am okay knowing I am from another time. I have to accept that I will weep watching 13 Reasons Why, but my job is to protect my brat. I really would prefer she just enjoy youth. I am so lucky. One day da pup experimented with a dollar store razor blade. All the girls were cutting so my disdain tried to give it a shot with a dull blade. She exhibits a tad bit of me some times she told me that was not frolicking fun. I said babe did you want to hurt yourself? She said no she just wanted to try what all the girls are doing. She only had a scratch.
    So back to the Trump hating gay. He told me I would hate Shayla if she were a lesbian and because of bigots like me we have to teach kids alternative !ifestyles at 7. I said 7??? Are you insane. He believes we should as a society sexualize children. I am 13 years with a girl that has never gotten a B, that represents her countyin STEM , she breaks swim records repeatedly. She breaks her own records. This guy was all about himself. I do not have the depth to get angry with idiots. This guy just thinks about himsel. He is incapable of reflection. He is clinically hung up on himself. He got HIV ten years ago. He just sits with his shit. He has never had to deal with diaper rash. Diaper rash is fucking murder the little ones squirm and you have to apply salve. They hate you in that moment but you do what needs to be done and you hold them. This guy who is riding his HIV for bank told me I would hate my child if she were a lesbian. He has been about himself. i would never turn away from my brat. All those years fearing SIDS I slept on the floor beside her crib. I will always be her champion. This guy was like text book narcissistic personality disorder. He never spoke of anyone but himself. I asked how his parents reacted to gay and HIV. He had zero empathy. I said shouldn’t you try and see what they saw. Nope. Everyone was bad and he was an angel. I was in his words a bigot that death will not come to soon. He is a hero here?????

  30. Myiq2xu™ says:

    Life is too short to argue with idiots. To paraphrase Will Rogers, “God must love stupid people because he made a lot of them.”

  31. helenk3 says:

    maybe it is just me, but that outrage over no handshake just seems to be a pelosi stunt. I do not know if he saw her hand or not, but I know I would never shake the hand of a person who hates me. I would not trust what germs were on it, I do not know where it has been.

  32. helenk3 says:

    you did not vote like me, so I now hate you. sounds really grown up doesn’t it

  33. Shez ZK says:

    This is for our awesome Angie, since she’s not here yet to do it for us:

    The MADMAN! Bwahahaha!

  34. John Denney says:

    Reptilian brain vs. intellect doesn’t quite cover it, for me.

    Some say man is basically good; others say basically evil. I say basically conflicted, being created in the image and likeness of God, thus having an innate sense of justice and righteousness, but also born wanting not, “Thy will be done”, but rather, “My will be done”, as anyone who has dealt with a two year old knows.

    So you’re walking down the street and find a wallet stuffed with cash and the owner’s contact info, and the conflict starts:

    “Finders keepers; losers weepers!”
    “Dude! You gotta do the right thing!”

    Good and evil are not a black and white thing, but a continuous spectrum from perfectly good to perfectly evil, and people can be nudged in either direction by rationalization or friends.

    In this case, the nudge towards the dark side would be like:
    Just take a couple dollars for your trouble, and return the rest.
    And a push be like:
    Take all the cash and return the rest, saying there was no cash when you found it; no one will ever know. At least the guy will have his drivers license and credit cards.

    The right thing, of course, is to return it as you found it.

    On about page 7 of his book, he says the sociopaths on death row are not stupid or insane; they are sane and many are geniuses, but the one thing they all have in common is that nothing is more important to them than Getting What They Want, e.g., “My will be done”, regardless of the suffering it causes to others. They have zero empathy.

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