Mitt Romney wouldn’t say what he and President-elect Donald Trump said to one another during their meeting on Saturday. All Romney would reveal was a broad rage of topics, saying: “We had a far-reaching conversation with regard to the various theaters in the world where there are interests of the United States of real significance. We discussed those areas and exchanged our views on those topics.”
After the two men presumably exchanged the largest olive branch that Utah had available, Romney may have looked to Trump like a perfect symbol of his promise to mend the GOP wounds he ripped open during his campaign. Romney, an establishment Republican who won the party’s presidential nomination in 2012, represents a sort of normalcy. Not just to lost Republicans wondering where their party went, but to liberals too. After Trump placed the controversial far-right strategist Steve Bannon in an influential adviser post, Romney looks to liberals like the Kennedy of the GOP. Or at least a fair-minded, if conservative, pragmatist. Since losing the election Romney has actually promised to focus on “climate change, poverty, and education.” Even liberal digest Mother Jones urged Dems to root for Mitt as early as January 2015.