[Ed. – The view from the NeverTrumpers in the wake of Trump’s national emergency declaration.]
With nothing less than the constitutional order on the line, every Republican lawmaker will be judged in history by his or her attitude toward Trump’s counterfeit emergency. One Republican elected official in particular, the new senator from Utah, Mitt Romney, will fall under an especially bright limelight. With national standing as his party’s former presidential standard-bearer, Romney is uniquely positioned to marshal Republican opposition to presidential lawlessness and to defend the Constitution. The burning question of the moment therefore is: will Romney rise to the occasion?
One would think the answer would be clear. Among Republicans, it was Romney who in the 2016 primaries launched a withering denunciation of Trump as a fraud— “dishonesty is Donald Trump’s hallmark,” as a moron—Trump is “very, very not smart”—and for multifarious forms of bad character—“the bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third grade theatrics.”
By unleashing that stinging indictment, Romney demonstrated a powerful will to speak the truth. It also went a long way to grant him expiation for his previous sin of having courted Trump’s endorsement in his own presidential bid in 2012…