The Republican-controlled Senate voted earlier this month to officially acquit President Donald Trump on both articles of impeachment.
Regarding the first article of impeachment, “abuse of power,” 52 voted “not guilty” and 48 voted “guilty.”
Utah GOP Sen. Mitt Romney was the only Republican to vote with Democrats on this charge against the president.
Following his vote to convict the president on that particular impeachment charge, one prominent figure in politics is calling on Romney to “make history” again.
In a recent piece for The Bulwark, Neal Simon, a Maryland business executive and 2018 independent candidate for U.S. Senate, called on Romney to “run for president as an Independent.”
Simon argues that with Trump taking over the Republican Party and Sen. Bernie Sanders becoming the Democratic frontrunner and pushing the party to the extreme Left — he wants Romney to fill the void for “millions of independents and moderate Democrats and Republicans unrepresented.”
But Simon also seems to think that Romney could take a big chunk of voters away from Trump, thus harming his chances of winning re-election.
Senator Romney’s entrance into the presidential race wouldn’t just give the vital center of the electorate a home—it would stand a chance to break a system that is stacked against independents and third-party candidates. The last major third-party run was in 1992 when Ross Perot won 19 percent of the vote—and he accomplished this while running against two-party centrists, in Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush.
Against two polarizing fringe candidates with no claim to the middle of American politics, we have no idea what Romney’s ceiling might be. And as Emmanuel Macron showed in France, standing up a new party and winning a presidential election in one motion is not impossible.
But wait, it gets better.
Simon also wants Romney to select Michael Bloomberg, the leftist billionaire currently running for the Democratic nomination, as his running mate.
Think about that for a moment: Bloomberg is the last Republican to be elected mayor of one of the country’s most liberal cities. And while he has since switched his party affiliation, he has demonstrated that he has the ability to build big tent coalitions across partisan divides.
A Romney-Bloomberg ticket would be a first in modern American politics: A bipartisan unity ticket running under the banner of an independent third party.
For the sake of fairness, Romey recently said he had no plans to run for president in 2020.
During a round table discussion back in October, the failed 2012 presidential candidate said he has no plans to run for president in 2020.
“There is no circumstance I can conceive of, where I would run for national office,” Romney said.
Romney’s comment came months before he voted against the president during the Senate impeachment trial, so it’s plausible that he may have a different mindset.
Romney’s inner liberal continues to seep out. He previously sided with socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on her absurd left-wing plans.