Another tidbit from Gabriel Debenedetti’s The Long Alliance.
How badly did Mitt Romney betray Republicans? If you believe the book, he was urging Biden to run in 2018.
“It felt a lot better than last time he’d done this — that dark November night in 2016 — and not just because his party was winning this time. He was also hearing a welcome refrain, sometimes from surprising corners of the political universe. At one point he connected with Mitt Romney, Obama’s old foe who’d been easily elected to the Senate as a rare Trump-opposing Republican. They were warm as Biden cheered the result. Then Romney got to the point: You have to run, he said.”
The language is vague.
Biden is cheering Dem midterm wins. Is Romney? At the very least he’s not unhappy about them.
Importantly, Romney is urging Biden to run against a Republican president. Apologists might suggest that Romney wants Biden to counter “extremist” figures like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, but their staffers ended up running the administration anyway.
The bottom line is that Romney was pushing a member of the opposing party to run. It’s not too surprising.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) wrote for The Atlantic Monday that President Joe Biden “is a genuinely good man,” but doesn’t see him as a great unifier for the country.