No, the maverick Utah senator does not exactly condone signing on to a $1.9 trillion coronavirus spending package full of left-wing party favors just after Trump passed a $900 billion relief bill on top of a nearly $27 trillion national debt. Unless you locked yourself into a multiyear echo chamber where the unemployed political consultants staffing the Lincoln Project are your idea of conservative, Romney’s recalcitrance should jar no one.

Romney never stopped being conservative. It was the Republican Party that decided to do that. Trump, the lifelong Democrat famous for boasting about his sexual prowess while cheating on his multiple wives and partying with Bill Clinton and Jeffrey Epstein, took the reins of the party and made a calculated choice to expunge it of fiscal discipline. Although Romney condemned Trump’s ethical failings, he was never going to start voting for liberal policies just to spite the Bad Orange Man.