If offered a prominent post in the Trump Cabinet, a not-Mitt Romney Never Trumper would privately inform the transition team that it could go suck an egg: “I wouldn’t touch your White House with a 10-foot pole.” A not-Mitt Romney Never Trumper would not allow himself to be publicly humiliated by a man whom he had characterized in such stark censorious terms.

But Romney is, well, Romney. As expeditiously as he ditched his Massachusetts moderate persona to run as “Mr. Conservative” against Sen. John McCain in 2008; as expeditiously as he ditched that transparent pose to re-occupy the center-right in 2012 against a bevy of hapless populist Tea Party champions, Romney was willing to let bygones be bygones to perhaps become secretary of state to a man whose foreign policy, he warned, “would make America and the world less safe.”