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Will Republicans finally stop cowering before Trump?

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Not since they strapped Seamus in his dog crate to the roof of the family car has a member of the Romney household been this distressed.

Mitt Romney has watched with varying degrees of displeasure as President Trump turned the Republican Party into the antithesis of the one he led in 2012 as its presidential nominee: alienating allies, degrading immigrants and splitting the nation with hatred. Now, Trump threatens to use an “emergency” declaration to circumvent Congress and start a trade war with Mexico.

And so Romney, now a senator from Utah, finally swung into action: He went to the Senate floor on Tuesday and . . . delivered a politely worded speech.

What? You thought he was actually going to do something?

This isn’t to pick on Romney; at least he speaks up. His 20-minute speech was a thorough rebuke of Trump, even if he took pains not to mention Trump by name: Romney spoke of the authoritarian menace of Russia and of North Korea, the benefits of immigration, the dangers of debt and the importance of allies when taking on China — all positions at odds with Trump’s actions. Romney assigned particular responsibility to the president in the need “to shut out the voices of hate and fear, to ignore the divisive and alarming conspiracies and to be more respectful, more empathetic to our fellow........

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