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D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

Mitt -- Watch Your Back

January 19, 2018 --

News that Orrin G. Hatch will retire, after 42 years in the U.S. Senate prompted The New York Times to suggest that Mitt Romney seek the Utah seat, as "a critic of Mr. Trump." The lead editorial in the Times, October 13, 2012 , however, was not particularly supportive of then-GOP presidential candidate Romney. The editorial was called "The 'Moderate Mitt' Myth." It included this attack on Romney: "The immoderation of his policies, used to win favor with a hard-right party, cannot be disguised."

The editorial closed with these words: "There isn't really a Moderate Mitt; what is on display now is better described as Convenient Mitt. Anyone willing to advocate extremism to raise money and win primaries is likely to do the same to stay in office.