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What if

January 6, 2018

Tags: Romney, Trump, Obama

Elli has been binge watching old episodes of The Newsroom for the last few days. This has provided her with ample proof that American TV doesn’t have to be stupid. I’ve listened in occasionally without really watching. I had a realization while overhearing a Newsroom episode about their coverage on election night, 2012, of the race between Romney and Obama.

Many insist we must always vote for the Democrats because the Republicans are so much worse. Many castigated me for voting Green in 2012 because it would have been terrible if Romney won. I have no doubt that Romney would have been worse than Obama, but …

Guess what…. If Romney had won in 2012, I bet Trump wouldn’t be President now.


  1. January 6, 2018 5:40 PM EST
    My oh My! Stunning to think of Romney as a good guy! How far we have fallen. Off the cliff....
    - Peter Lowber
  2. January 6, 2018 7:23 PM EST
    Llet's not go too far, maybe just not quite as bad a guy
    - Robert Meeropol
  3. January 7, 2018 12:37 PM EST
    ON THE OTHER HAND (there always is one ...)

    If Romney had won, a total repeal of the Affordable Care Act -- efforts to force so-called illegals to self-deport with no DACA, no Iran nuclear deal, etc.

    SO, yes "touche" but also --- maybe we are still better off.

    I do agree if Clinton had won the fascist right would be STRONGER today and there would be MUCH LESS resistance ....
    - Michael Meeropol
  4. January 7, 2018 1:11 PM EST
    I wrote I had no doubt that Romney would have been worse than Obama. But would 8 years of Romney been worse then 4 years of Obama and 4 years of Trump, or 4 years of Romney and 4 years of Clinton (who knows Clinton might have beaten Romney in 2016)? None of the choices look good to me, which demonstrates that lesser evil voting in Presidential elections is generally a bad idea.
    - Robert Meeropol
  5. June 29, 2018 2:58 AM EDT
    As the folks at
    Black Agenda Report say, "Obama is the More Effective Evil."
    - Bill Michtom

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"Bravery is rare. Tyranny is commonplace. Both define the life of Robert Meeropol, son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. In his heart-wrenching, honest memoir, Meeropol recounts the emotional terrors of his childhood, the kindness of Abel and Anne Meeropol-who adopted him and his older brother after their parents' execution-his struggle to vindicate his parents, and his own political activism, culminating in the creation of the Rosenberg Fund for Children, which he now directs."
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