“In a political sense, he is ostracized. He is excommunicated. He has lost all credibility. He should hire lots of security guards — I don’t wish him any physical harm, but people are furious!” said Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, who already disinvited Romney from the popular CPAC convention this month. (Romney won the CPAC straw poll in 2012.)
As for whether Romney can be forgiven by Republicans, Schlapp had a terse answer: “Never.”
But in the more cordial halls of the Capitol, Romney may yet find his place once more. Lawmakers, even as they voiced disappointment in his decision to cast the lone defecting GOP vote against Trump at the close of his impeachment trial, took a less hostile view of Romney’s decision and role in the Republican Party.
Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah, immediately dismissed the notion that Romney should be thrown out of the party, as Trump’s eldest son suggested: “Heavens no.”