Mitt Romney played himself out of job as Maura Healey overplays her hand

By December 11, 2016December 18th, 2016Politics

Mitt and Maura blew it.

Despite trying his hardest, “going low” and leading the failed #NeverTrump movement, former Bay State Gov. Mitt Romney couldn’t keep our President-elect, Donald Trump, from winning the White House. And our state’s attorney general, Maura Healey, is expected to be hauled into a Texas courtroom this week to answer questions about her probe of Exxon’s climate-change research.

I bet neither one of them ever expected to be right where they are.

Romney’s mudslinging during the race for the Oval Office cost him political capital and goodwill — the very currency he needed to become our nation’s next secretary of state. But thanks to internal rumblings from Trump’s inner circle, who consider Mitt a political liability who would alienate the president-elect’s core supporters, it looks like he’s out and Exxon Mobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson is in — with John Bolton as his deputy.

If only Mitt had sat back during the rambunctious election, let the campaign play itself out and then offered a helping hand to the Republican nominee. He would’ve increased his chances of leading the State Department by 100 percent. But hindsight is always 20/20.

Mitt underestimated Trump’s connection to the “forgotten man” and overlooked millions of fed-up voters from coast to coast who are disillusioned with the status quo.

Then there’s our rogue attorney general. A liberal’s liberal who has filed an overreaching lawsuit — of colossal proportions — against Exxon demanding 40 years of paperwork that many are calling nothing more than a “witch hunt.”

Healey is demanding the oil giant fork over about a million pages of paperwork to see if the corporation has ever violated any consumer protection laws relating to climate change. An extremely costly and cumbersome “fishing expedition,” to say the least.

Even if Exxon is found to be not guilty, the mere compliance cost of producing the mountain of documents and the draining of internal resources defending an over-the-top lawsuit is no laughing matter.

It’s just an inquisition aimed at advancing her political career. Because if she truly cared about consumer protection, why didn’t she stand up for the millions of people who were misled into thinking they could keep their doctors and their plans and ended up suffering because of the skyrocketing costs of Obamacare?

If that’s not exploitation of the consumer, what is?

Now that Trump is poised to pick Tillerson as secretary of state — making Exxon’s heavyweight one of the most powerful men in the world — I wish Healey a lot of luck with her climate inquisition. Few people, especially voters, are impressed by a politician who abuses power for political gain.

And so long to Mitt Romney, who blew his last best chance at power and prestige on the world stage.

Turns out some of these Bay State pols aren’t so savvy after all.

Adriana Cohen

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