(AmericanPoliticalDaily.com)- Mitt Romney proved once again that he is willing to say and do anything as long as it’s the opposite of what the president says and does. During a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee session on Tuesday, Senator Romney said the United States’ record testing was “nothing to celebrate, whatsoever.”
“I understand politicians are going to frame data in a way that is most positive, politically,” Romney said. “Of course, everyone doesn’t expect that from admirals. But yesterday you celebrated that we had done more tests and more tests per capita than even South Korea,” he added.
Romney was speaking to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and one of the most prominent members of President Trump’s White House Coronavirus Task Force.
“You ignored the fact that they accomplished theirs at the beginning of the outbreak, while we traded water In February and March. And as a result, by March 6, the U.S. had completed just 2,000 tests, they have 256 deaths and we have almost 80,000 deaths. I find our testing record nothing to celebrate, whatsoever,” Romney added.
What Romney failed to recognize, however, was that South Korea is a significantly smaller country that doesn’t have the problem of having 50 states all with devolved governments. The United States required more equipment, more tests, and the ability for politicians to work together – something that many of the top Democrats have categorically refused to do. What’s more, the fact that the World Health Organization took so long to declare a global pandemic, and told the United States and other countries in the West that there was no reason to shut down international travel, meant that by the time they admitted there was a problem it was already out of control.
Romney also asked whether Fauci believed either President Donald Trump or former President Barack Obama were responsible for the creation of a vaccine becoming “less likely.”
Fauci, respectfully as always, put Romney in his place.
“No, Senator. Not at all,” he said. “Certainly President Obama nor President Trump are responsible for our not having a vaccine.”
What was Romney trying to achieve with this, other than his usual grandstanding?