Some people lease cars with limited mileage. Some buy them.
Some people have spines. Some people seem to lease them.
Mitt Romney, a Michigan native educated at Cranbrook, is a spine leaser. He has a spine one day and not the next.
His lease runs up and he runs around without a spine. That's when disappointing Mitt surfaces. It’s painful to see.
During the 2016 campaign, he called Trump a “phony, a fraud" and said: "His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University."
That was when Romney's spinal lease had yet to expire.
Then there was Romney after he had to return his backbone. He went crawling to Trump in November 2017, begging for the secretary of state position. It was painful to watch.
Anyone with any smarts knew Trump would make him grovel at a very public dinner, then stomp him like Joe Pesci did to Billy Batts in Goodfellas.
There’s a photo of Romney having dinner with Trump that evening. Romney has a look of embarrassment, of shame, of a spineless man with unbridled ambition. Trump has a grin – the kind that says I’m am going to screw this guy like you’ve never seen before. And he did.
In 2018, Romney ran for Senate. Trump supported him.
Then suddenly, during Trump's impeachment trial, Romney decided he had to take a stand and vote to convict. That was Romney with a Spine lease, the only Republican to vote that way. Spine On!
“What he did was not 'perfect.' No, it was a flagrant assault on our electoral rights, our national security interests, and our fundamental values," Romney said, explaining his vote. "Corrupting an election to keep oneself in office is perhaps the most abusive and destructive violation of one’s oath of office that I can imagine.”
Wow, I thought. Romney has finally decided to defy party interest and speak his mind. Spine fully in tact. I wondered did he actually buy that spine he has?
Then the other day he spoke about a Republican effort to subpoena records about Joe Biden and his son Hunter. He said he thought it was all politically motivated and hinted that he might vote against the subpoena. Spine lease still intact.
“There’s no question the appearance is not good,” Romney told reporters.
But on Friday, it appeared the spine lease had lapsed. He said he would vote in favor of the subpoena despite expressing concerns that the Senate invetigation was all politically motivated.
With all his money, his age, and with so little need to worry about his political future, someone would think Romney could afford to stop leasing and buy a spine he can own until his dying days.