The Pointlessness of Anti-Romney Republicanism

Sen. Mitt Romney walks through the subway system at the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C., December 17, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
To let your politics be defined by loathing or adoration of a single political figure is to debase yourself.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O n the American right, we have Reagan Republicans, Trump Republicans, anti-Trump Republicans, and anti-anti-Trump Republicans; RINOs and True Conservatives™️, a Freedom Caucus and Tuesday Group; reformocons and first-, second-, and third-wave neocons; Kirkian traditionalists, Meyerian libertarians, and Buckleyite fusionists. Of all the varieties of American conservatism, though, one new contingent stands alone in its ridiculousness: anti-Romney Republicans.

Willard Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, 2012 GOP nominee for president, and sitting junior senator from Utah, has been the recipient of considerable ire from Republican politicians, pundits, and operatives for some time now. Badmouthing Romney first became popular among Republicans when

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