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Newspapers don't know what courage is

As expected, the media is praising Mitt Romney for his vote to overturn the results of the 2016. Newsweek calls him the conscience of the Republican Party.

Others say he is a Profile in Courage, blissfully unaware that in Jack Kennedy's book of the same name, the future president profiled the courage of Edmund G. Ross for voting to acquit in President Andrew Johnson's impeachment trial. Kennedy argued that this preserved the stature of the office.

Ross and other Republicans who voted to acquit Johnson faced scorn not praise. History shows the Johnson impeachment was an abuse of power by the House, as were the Clinton impeachment and this one. How about we preserve impeachment for treason, bribery, high crimes, and misdemeanors? That is what the Constitution says.

The newspaper endorsements of Romney's vote to overturn the 2016 election reflect on them, not him.

The Salt Lake Tribune praised him in an editorial today.

In 2012, the same newspaper endorsed Obama by blasting Romney, "It was Romney's singular role in rescuing Utah's organization of the 2002 Olympics from a cesspool of scandal, and his oversight of the most successful Winter Games on record, that make him the Beehive State's favorite adopted son. After all, Romney managed to save the state from ignominy, turning the extravaganza into a showcase for the matchless landscapes, volunteerism and efficiency that told the world what is best and most beautiful about Utah and its people.

"In short, this is the Mitt Romney we knew, or thought we knew, as one of us.

"Sadly, it is not the only Romney, as his campaign for the White House has made abundantly clear, first in his servile courtship of the tea party in order to win the nomination, and now as the party's shape-shifting nominee. From his embrace of the party's radical right wing, to subsequent portrayals of himself as a moderate champion of the middle class, Romney has raised the most frequently asked question of the campaign: 'Who is this guy, really, and what in the world does he truly believe?'

"The evidence suggests no clear answer, or at least one that would survive Romney's next speech or sound bite. Politicians routinely tailor their words to suit an audience. Romney, though, is shameless, lavishing vastly diverse audiences with words, any words, they would trade their votes to hear."

Romney swept Utah. So much for the power of a Salt Lake Tribune editorial.

Now you can argue that a fellow would make a good senator but not a good president, but after roasting Romney like that in 2012, the paper cannot turn around and call him a profile in courage.

Nevertheless, it does.

I found today's editorial amusing. Ironically, it began by quoting Senator Ross, who said, "I almost literally looked down into my open grave. Friendships, position, fortune, everything that makes life desirable to an ambitious man were about to be swept away by the breath of my mouth, perhaps forever."

Romney need not fear loss of friendships in Washington because he has earned none.

Many in the media are saying that voting to overturn the results from the last election somehow preserves democracy. They also say that killing babies in the womb is health care, and disarming law-abiding citizens fights crime.

Going against the public will does not make you right. Romney's job is to represent Utah.

The obtuseness of these newspaper editorials fascinates me. Publishers would have the public believe that they serve their cities and their states. But in the past 12 years under Obama and now President Donald John Trump one constant is how out of touch with their readers these papers are.

When the Salt Lake Tribune endorsed Obama in 2012, it claimed a circulation of 140,628.

Today it claims a circulation of 74,043.

Romney voted to acquit and convict. That's not courage or conscience. That's confused. Those praising him now are equally confused.

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