The Who Whom of #NeverRomney

 

It looks like Romney made it to the second round of interviews and is on course to be the next Secretary of State. But it also looks like he’s been effectively ruled out already. It depends on who you read. Except if you read Scott Adams, in which case it all looks like business as usual for Donald Trump.

Trump is already pacing. That means acting like the people you plan to later persuade. In one-on-one situations, pacing might include matching the subject’s breathing, posture, and choice of words. In the public context it means saying what people are already thinking.

And after pacing come leading, where Trump, the master persuader, brings those subjects he’s been pacing round to his way of thinking. Or at least, that was the theory. Sadly, the Alt-Right seems less susceptible to their God Emperor’s directions than he might have hoped.

Or this from VoxDay:

Forget the apology. The Trump administration should just say no to Captain Underoos:

Considering how the Reagan administration was often led astray by its moderates, the God-Emperor Ascendant’s team should know better than to put any trust in Mitt Romney. While Romney is competent and probably will take orders and do as he’s told, he’s simply not popular with, or trusted by, anyone who isn’t a Mormon or a GOPe figure.

So has the God-Emperor messed up in his hypnosis game? If he was trying to bring the Alt-Right round to Mitt Romney’s way of thinking, he seems to have failed. But here’s another alternative. Moderates (like me) were genuinely pleased to hear that Trump was considering Romney for SecState. It made us feel like maybe, secretly, Trump was on our side.

Right now, he could throw up his hands and say, ‘Heck, I wanted Mitt, but these alt-right nut-jobs just won’t stick it. I guess I’ll have to find someone else who’ll do just as good a job who they haven’t heard of.’ That would be a way of leading people like me round to his pick. The only problem with that theory is that internet dwelling politics dweebs aren’t a demographic worth persuading right now.

Washington, on the other hand, is jam packed with self-styled moderates, and even if they labelled him a fascist racist crypto-Nazi just a few years before, all of them will be thrilled to find Captain Underoos joining the team. Even if they don’t work at in his department, just the presence of Romney right now makes collaborating with Trump more palatable. And that’s a demographic Trump needs desperately, if he’s to have any hope of running a serious administration.

My guess is that foreign affairs are a long way down Trump’s list of priorities. He might be calculating that giving a top job to Romney will smooth things over enough for him to implement his domestic policies. And later on, once he’s learnt the ropes and made a few allies, if he starts pointing out how Mitt Romney has suddenly started acting unreasonable…

Well, we can all throw up our hands and say, ‘Heck, Trump gave that guy a chance, but he turned out to be a real nut-job.’

 

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