The Phenomenon of Mitt Romney Dining with Trump: Eating Crow? or Not!
The nature of politics revolves around the personalities of the individuals pandering for public attention and if victorious; acquiescing to the demands of the job.
Easier said than done!
As I look at the picture of Mitt Romney sitting at the table of some fashionable three star restaurant located in one of Trump’s buildings, I wonder whether Mitt has understood the full meaning of his so-called “reconciliation”. Trump is clearly shown that he is a man who loves to compete and win. Yet, if he so desires, he can be merciful/forgiving.
Mitt is born to both the political/financial manor. His mother and father were remarkable people in their ascendancy into the forefront of both the Mormon theocracy and the American political mainstream. Mitt’s decision to meet with Trump after a vicious series of personal attacks on both sides; underscores an interesting dynamic of political defeat and reconciliation.
Mitt’s father, George Romney, the highly successful CEO of American Motors ran against Nixon in 1968 and was opposed to the Vietnam War. After losing the race, he decided to accept Nixon’s gracious offer to become US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in June 1970.The key to this unusual reconciliation lies in the dynamic within the moderate Republican Party that all fights are buried within the confines of “It’s all in the family!”
I have a feeling that both Trump and Priebus went back to their history books to recall this exemplary moment of Nixonian reconciliation. I commend all parties in this dinner scene for burying their respective hatchets and proceeding with the work of running the USG.
In the words of the famous mob boss, Bonaparte, in the Billy Wilder film, “Some Like It Hot”:
“Now some people say he’s gotten too big for his spats. But I say, he’s a man who will go far. But I say, you can’t keep a good man down. Of course, he’s still got a lot to learn…”
Then Bonaparte concludes with these words:
“… to err is human, to forgive is divine!”