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White House Official: We Bought Romney’s Credibility with Frog Legs

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 10:00 am

In the middle of a long profile of the snake Kellyanne Conway is this fun little tidbit, in which a Mystery Official from the White House mocks Mitt Romney:

During the transition, Conway began publicly criticizing, on Twitter and on television, Trump’s consideration of Mitt Romney for secretary of state. Romney and Trump were in the midst of a high-profile courtship, and Romney was reportedly a leading contender for the job, when Conway tweeted that she was receiving a “deluge” of feedback from Trump fans who would feel “betrayed” by Romney’s selection.

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Romney dined with Trump in New York and gave a public statement that seemed to retract his previous concerns and expressed confidence in the president-elect. Nonetheless, he was passed over. Trump chose Rex Tillerson, the ExxonMobil CEO, for the post instead.

“Judas Iscariot got 30 pieces of silver; Mitt Romney got a dish of frog legs at Jean-Georges. And even at that, it was the appetizer portion,” a high-ranking White House official told me. “We’ve sort of taken out his larynx—how can he criticize [Trump] now?”

The episode was, Conway said, an example of her method: operating “dimensionally,” not “linearly,” to get results. She pointed to a dinner where Trump told a group of diplomats that Tillerson was “a man that I wanted right from the beginning.” In the end, Conway hadn’t just gotten her way. She had made the president think it was his idea all along.

Yeah, this is the group you want to deal with. Sooner or later, this administration will lift its leg and pee on you. It’s all about showing your dominance, you see.

After Barack Obama and his crowd, there was a yearning to get some adults in the White House, finally. Instead, we got this.

[Cross-posted at RedState.]


  1. Romney let himself be used. Trump has done that to a lot of politicians. I don’t mind because politics is a dirty game, but Trump should have more to show for it than making other Republicans look bad. It suggests that Trump thinks the GOP is his real enemy and maybe it is.

    Comment by DRJ — 3/14/2017 @ 2:22 pm

  2. There is some evidence that Obama used the British to spy on Trump. That’s huge news. Why does Trump waste his time and political capital on stupid grudges?

    Comment by DRJ — 3/14/2017 @ 2:52 pm

  3. They bought Romney’s credibility for a frog leg dinner?

    The big story here might be an organization that touts its business acumen overpaid by so much. :)

    Seriously though, given Romney’s actions during the campaign, getting him to politically neuter himself was IMHO a shrewd move. Had they not, he might have been a major factor at this point, especially regarding both #nevertrump and Obamacare (which was modeled on Romneycare).

    Comment by Arizona CJ — 3/14/2017 @ 3:55 pm

  4. After Barack Obama and his crowd, there was a yearning to get some adults in the White House, finally.

    I honestly don’t think that was what the Trump supporters wanted. (But, not being one myself, perhaps I judge them too harshly.)

    Comment by gwjd — 3/14/2017 @ 4:15 pm

  5. Anyway, isn’t “buying” Romney’s credibility something on the order of buying the Brooklyn Bridge? Any amount would be too high. Maybe that “shrewd businessman” Trump is the one who got taken.

    Comment by gwjd — 3/14/2017 @ 4:18 pm

  6. Do you subscribe to the view that Republicans like Romney are Trump’s opponents and they need to be neutered? I could understand if Trump were dedicated to draining the swamp of RINOs, but he doesn’t. They are his partners on things like saving ObamaCare.

    Comment by DRJ — 3/14/2017 @ 4:20 pm

  7. You can’t be nice to some people. Especially not Trump and his toadies.

    It’s a reminder to me, too. I’ll still give Trump credit when he does something decent, but I will try to always remember that he’s still a rabid skunk who simply hasn’t sprayed or bitten anyone today.

    Comment by nk — 3/14/2017 @ 4:32 pm

  8. There should be a joke there somewhere involving “toadies” and “frog legs.”

    Comment by gwjd — 3/14/2017 @ 4:49 pm

  9. So the absent-minded professor tells his Biology class: “Today, we will learn the difference between a toad and a frog.” He reaches into his briefcase and pulls out a ham sandwich and a cheese sandwich. He looks at them, puzzledly, and says: “That’s strange. I could have sworn that I already had lunch.”

    Comment by nk — 3/14/2017 @ 5:01 pm

  10. How many people know what gchq a very select number, ostensibly they were doing this against Mays preferences, that maybe why the director Hannigan, resigned one week after this revelation in Carlos slims

    Comment by narciso — 3/14/2017 @ 7:09 pm

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