Former Gov. and presidential nominee and current Senator Mitt Romney is undergoing both retcon and renaissance in politics this week (again) following remarks he made about President Trump after the Mueller report dropped. And one of the people seriously not happy with him is also-former governor and former Presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee, father to press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and newly re-signed Fox News Channel contributor.
Romney's moment began when he tweeted a statement after reviewing the Mueller report. In it, Romney said that while it is "good news that there was insufficient evidence to charge the President, and that government can "move on," that he is nevertheless "sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President."
"Reading the report is a sobering revelation of how far we have strayed from the aspirations and principles of the founders," wrote Romney.
That prompted a newfound admiration among some in the media for the object of their 2012 attacks, and even a mea culpa pile-on.
Maggie Haberman of the New York Times tweeted that she and others shouldn't have been so cavalier in mocking Romney for naming Russia our greatest geopolitical foe. Ronan Farrow, formerly of MSNBC, likewise expressed his sudden regret and even described Romney's 2012 warning as "prescient."
For those who don't recall, the mockery of Romney for that comment, among others, was near-total in that media which still claims to be non-partisan. Despite this strange new respect and regretful hindsight on Russia and Romney, they do not show any signs of admitting bias or past collusion with Democrats.
On the other side of the reaction was Huckabee, who unleashed on Romney via social media. "Know what makes me sick, Mitt?" asked Huckabee rhetorically in his Twitter tirade, retweeting Romney so that the comments were directed right to him.
Huckabee said it was not that Romney has been for and against Trump depending on circumstance, but that what makes him "sick is "that you got GOP nomination and could have been" President.
Know what makes me sick, Mitt? Not how disingenuous you were to take @realDonaldTrump $$ and then 4 yrs later jealo… https://t.co/53zB6Lp1ag— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@Gov. Mike Huckabee)1555706702.0
Romney lost that election to Barack Obama. It was under President Obama that the investigations into Trump began. It's not clear if Huckabee thinks that is preferable to what a Romney administration may have undertaken. What is clear is that the poles are reversing on Romney, who Huckabee was for before he was against.