This fine Sunday brings a rare Mitt Romney appearance to the morning chat shows, conveniently at a new moment of contention between him and the president. Trump wants to nominate two cronies, Stephen Moore and Herman Cain, to the board of the Federal Reserve, an institution that’s supposed to be quasi-independent from the White House. The Republican Senate will probably rubber-stamp one or both when asked to confirm them, but don’t bet too heavily on it. Romney sounded iffy a few days ago about putting partisans on the Fed board:
In an interview, the Utah Republican senator brushed off the prospect of Trump following through and officially nominating Cain: “I doubt that will be a nomination. But if it were a nomination, you can bet [what] the interest rates he would be pushing for.”…
Romney said he was still “evaluating” Moore’s likely nomination, but made a broader critique of the direction Trump may be trying to take the Fed, which sets interests rates and has broad sway over the economy.
“I would like to see nominees that are economists first and not partisans. I think it’s important that the Fed be a nonpartisan entity,” Romney said. “The key is that someone is outside of the political world and is an economic leader not a partisan leader.”
Is there a revolt brewing in the Senate against Moore and/or Cain? All it would take is four Republicans to switch sides to defeat their nominations. Romney will sit down with “Meet the Press” to discuss that, his vote a few weeks ago to block Trump’s emergency declaration at the border, and the Democratic effort to get Trump’s tax returns. Mitt once had some … interesting thoughts about what might be in those returns. He’s likely to be asked to elaborate on them this morning.
He’ll be followed on MTP by Democratic 2020 flavor of the month Pete Buttigieg, who’ll apologize again for the thoughtcrime he committed several years ago in daring to utter “all lives matter.” Elsewhere, Sunday show mainstays Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff will be on “Face the Nation” and “State of the Union,” respectively, to chat about endgame for the Mueller investigation and the whispers that the actual report is more damning than Bill Barr’s summary made it out to be. And Trump lawyers Jay Sekulow and Rudy Giuliani will appear on “This Week” and “Face the Nation,” respectively, to offer the opposing view that the witch hunt is still alive and well and now taking the form of rumormongering to the New York Times and WaPo. The full line-up is at the AP.