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Trump Team Calls On Mitt Romney To Make Public Apology, Romney Weighs Out The Price Of Dignity

Filed under: General — Dana @ 10:24 am

[guest post by Dana]

Remember this?

It is being reported that the President-elect’s team is demanding a hefty pound of flesh from Mitt Romney :

Fox News is reporting that Donald Trump’s transition team wants Mitt Romney to publicly apologize for railing against the president-elect during the campaign.

According to Mediaite, a transition official told Fox’s Ed Henry that some in Trump’s inner circle want the former Massachusetts governor to apologize in order to be seriously considered for the secretary of State.

Trump is reportedly considering whether to pick Romney or former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for the coveted cabinet position.

Giuliani is the preferred choice of Trump’s loyalists and grassroots supporters, while Romney is a favorite of establishment conservatives.

I would like to say that this is unbelievable — but given what we know about Trump’s character and temperament, it’s perfectly believable that he would be small and petty, and make sure one of his critics does some groveling before being seriously considered for a choice position in his administration.

(Walk away, Mitt, just walk away…)

Meanwhile, Rudy Guiliani continues to aggressively lobby for the job:

In two recent interviews, Mr. Giuliani, 72, said his years of work as an international security consultant make him uniquely suited for the job in the Trump administration, along with the hard lessons he learned as mayor of a city that sustained the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil on Sept. 11, 2001.

“I probably have traveled in the last 13 years as much as Hillary did in the years she was secretary of state,” Mr. Giuliani said, in a reference to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who lost the presidential race to Mr. Trump. “My knowledge of foreign policy is as good, or better, than anybody they’re talking to,” he said.

Good point:

One other factor to consider in all of this is that the leak to Fox News about wanting an apology may have been engineered by Bannon, Conway, or some other Romney-skeptic inside the transition team to try to force Romney to withdraw.

Question: If this report is accurate, what on earth would compel Romney to actually trust that Trump would give him the nod for Secretary of State if he makes the apology??

Here’s Fox News’s Chief National Correspondent Ed Henry discussing the matter:

Oh, and then there’s the whole Romney on Russia and Trump on Russia thing to consider…


How to Destroy Arguments to Abolish the Electoral College — Plus, a Black Friday Deal

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:00 am

All the leftists want to abolish the Electoral College these days. If you want to beat down a leftist, it helps to know the history. You’ll have an advantage over leftists who don’t know it. Here’s a historical discussion of the origins of the Electoral College, from my three favorite history professors and authors: Tom Woods, Kevin Gutzman, and Brion McClahanan. It’s from Tom Woods’s podcast, a wonderful daily podcast I listen to regularly.

For those interested in learning more about the history and economics that leftist schools don’t bother to teach, you might consider checking out Tom Woods’s pet project Liberty Classroom. I am a lifetime member. He is having some steep discounts during this Black Friday weekend, beginning today. And I’m holding a contest myself (more about that below).

Tom Woods went to Harvard University, but resisted the siren call of the leftist elite there. For example, when one of his professors made it a requirement to buy his books from a store called Revolution Books — a place where portraits of communist mass murderers adorned the walls — Tom refused to do it. He debated communists at the dining hall. He managed to negotiate his way through the halls of leftism, ending up with a degree from Harvard in history with high honors, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Woods’s Liberty Classroom teaches history and economics from a liberty perspective that you probably didn’t get if you went to a traditional school. You’ll learn about the importance of the states to the Founding Fathers. You’ll learn about the presidents’ abuses of power, going back well before Barack Obama. You’ll get everything you need to bat down leftist arguments that, for example, the Great Depression helped our country, or that World War II brought us out of the Great Depression . . . or that the Electoral College is unfair and unAmerican.

Last year’s Black Friday sale is when I decided to become a lifetime member, after doing an annual membership for about 18 months. Over the last 2 1/2 years, I have listened to almost 450 lectures by Tom and his colleagues, on topics ranging from the History of Economic Thought, Logic, and Austrian Economics. So I’m a firm believer. There are 17 courses right now, and they add more regularly. And you can ask questions of the professors in the forums.

With his Master Membership, Tom is offering lifetime access to three courses he did on Government and Western Civilization — material I had already bought separately by the time I became a lifetime or “Master” member. So, if you become a lifetime member this holiday weekend, you’ll pay less than I did. Also, they offer excellent affiliate bonuses, so if you have a couple of friends you can refer using an affiliate link, such as those I am using in this post, your membership will pay for itself.

To help promote Tom’s Black Friday sale, I am holding a contest and providing some incentives of my own. Full details can be read at this page, including the chance to win a free year of Amazon Prime, paid for by yours truly. Also, you can commission posts by me, or submit guest posts, at this here blog.

To learn more about what Liberty Classroom has to offer, you can check out their free stuff here, including half of their course on U.S. Constitutional Law, taught by Professors Gutzman and McClanahan from the Electoral College discussion above.

So I hope you’ll take a moment to check out Liberty Classroom and take advantage of the deep discounts, starting today, through and including Monday, November 28.

[Cross-posted at RedState.]

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