As Twitchy reported earlier, there’s been quite a bit of buzz Tuesday about Mitt Romney running for a Senate seat in Utah now that Orrin Hatch has declared he’s retiring in 2018.
Team Hillary has already expressed its butthurt that “the media” didn’t immediately suggest that Romney take up knitting, and now ThinkProgress justice editor Ian Millhiser has popped up with another of his consistently horrible takes. It looks like he’s already trying to dissuade Romney from running by making the gig sound terrible and suggesting only a fool would want it.
PRO TIP: Being the United States Senator from Utah means spending every Thursday and every Sunday on a 5-hour flight. Also, you have no real power because all the important bills are written in secret by leadership. Only a fool or a narcissist would want the job.
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) January 2, 2018
OK, but wouldn’t that also apply to, say, every Democrat who lives far from D.C.?
Flight times even longer for junior senators from California and Hawaii, but they’re leading the Dem party. This is silly. https://t.co/pZYAKT4gXx
— Alex Burns (@alexburnsNYT) January 2, 2018
Guess we should ignore those western states like California who have longer flight times. https://t.co/I3x4wWTo2r
— Andrew Staroska (@astaroska) January 2, 2018
— Patrick Staunton (@216Patrick) January 2, 2018
Does this apply to Kamala Harris who has a longer flight time than Senators from Utah? Or only Republicans? https://t.co/Ab9elIceIy
— Garrett Ventry (@GarrettVentry) January 2, 2018
— Wade Miller ✝️ (@J_Wade_Miller) January 2, 2018
— J.G. Petruna (@jgpetruna) January 2, 2018
Now do California. https://t.co/olEgv6IfgW
— RBe (@RBPundit) January 2, 2018
this literally makes no sense and would also apply to every senator in california, nevada, arizona, washington, oregon…to say nothing for alaska and hawaii. what? https://t.co/QTAYgYcf9n
— Jack Byrom (@JackByrom) January 2, 2018
Y'know I was gonna run for one of the most prestigious positions in the world but…all that travel?? Count me out! https://t.co/b7UBNghx9Y
— AT (@PeanutMan_Andy) January 2, 2018
So no state a five hour flight away should bother to have US Senators? Interesting rewrite of the Constitution. https://t.co/DujMqg0yte
— Glen Bolger (@posglen) January 2, 2018
Actually, none of Millhiser’s tweet makes any sense.
pro tip: senators serve 6-year terms and many don’t go home every weekend https://t.co/jsSeNjd79j
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) January 2, 2018
You think every senator goes home every weekend??? https://t.co/AxXfvDazC3
— P Ebo (@EBOlady) January 2, 2018
Nobody tell him you can rent or buy houses in DC.
Nobody tell him. https://t.co/aGKlqZbJRC
— 🐺 Attila the Honeybun 🐺 (@TimMansplainsIt) January 2, 2018
Many senators with long trips home don’t go home every weekend.
Also, that latter half of the tweet is utter nonsense. https://t.co/gdDqCMzFzd
— Josh Perry | 358 Days Until Christmas 🎄🎅🎁 (@MrJoshPerry) January 2, 2018
No one from either side of the aisle seems to be on board with this take.
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) January 2, 2018
Newsflash: Orrin Hatch *is* the Senate's leadership. President pro tempore, Chair of the Senate Finance Committee. https://t.co/sTKR3ykUp5
— D.E. (@tkdylan) January 2, 2018
Hatch has written some of the most consequential laws in US history. This tweet isn’t even .000001 % true. https://t.co/ZXCPfoDWCG
— Stefan Linge (@stefanlinge) January 2, 2018
Hatch wrote and/or negotiated CHIP and ADA. Not bad for a Narcissist/Fool if you ask me. Barbara Boxer did a pretty fine job with her six-hour commutes, as did Harry Reid. https://t.co/O7fedNrlhg
— Eric Michael Garcia (@EricMGarcia) January 2, 2018
Pro Tip: It is an immediate platform access to press, etc. In a senate that is narrowly divided a senator with the ability to act independently can have huge impact (see McCain, Murkowsi, Collin ending healthcare repeal) https://t.co/ZrPXNqd0bn
— Steven Strauss (@Steven_Strauss) January 2, 2018
This grossly underestimates the power of a single Senator, especially in what is likely to be a closely divided Senate. https://t.co/Su0Qu8xUbf
— Rick Hasen (@rickhasen) January 2, 2018
This is nutty analysis. In a 51-49 Senate, a junior senator from Utah can wield a helluva lot of power. https://t.co/unG4UUMhg0
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) January 2, 2018
This is dumb; Romney's going to have a huge platform if he runs and wins. https://t.co/bclghfIfDv
— Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) January 2, 2018
This is really dumb. Jesus Christ https://t.co/8u3SIlmJwl
— The Nerdy Panda (@Rimzzzeee) January 2, 2018
Millhiser: Because Peter Daou's title of biggest hack on the center left cannot go unchallenged. https://t.co/KXbRSG6Bn2
— Steven (@superaielman) January 2, 2018
Someone got into the day old guacamole toast. https://t.co/8TjfSN3ZEX
— David Edward (@_David_Edward) January 2, 2018
dumbest take of 2018, right? https://t.co/4Lj2PN5YCR
— AJ (@houseonaboat) January 2, 2018
So far …
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1) So I've gotten a little bit of crap for this tweet. So let me explain the point I'm making. Being a member of Congress has become a wretched job. This is a serious problem with our system of government that needs to be fixed. https://t.co/DZc1UY1ktK
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) January 2, 2018
That doesn’t sound at all like what he wrote the first time; this guy’s an editor, you say?