When it comes to the now disgraced Never Trumpers there was none with quite as high a profile as former Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Despite lacking the nuts to throw his own hat into the ring and compete for the 2016 nod, Romney used his national name recognition to undermine Donald Trump at every turn, going so far as teaming up with William Kristol to field an alternative candidate. But as the Donald worked his way through the overstuffed GOP field like Clint Eastwood dispatching the bad guys in “High Plains Drifter”, Romney’s diatribes only served to portray him as a bitterman sore loser.

With Trump now the President-elect, the Mittster along with other Republican saboteurs has had a change of heart as they get in line to suck up to the billionaire iconoclast for jobs within his new administration. Mr. Romney badly desires to become the new Secretary of State and has puckered up big time to plant his lips on Trump’s ass in order to make amends. It is now being reported that Romney may be preparing to go to the extraordinary lengths of publicly apologizing to Trump.

According to the Daily Mail “Trump transition aides mull asking Mitt Romney to issue public APOLOGY for calling Trump ‘phony’ and ‘fraud’ so he can be secretary of state”:

Aides to Donald Trump have discussed asking former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to publicly apologize for insulting the president-elect in order to pave the way for a nomination to lead the State Department.

A Trump transition aide confirmed to DailyMail.com on Friday that there have been ‘discussions’ inside Trump Tower about the possibility. The source wouldn’t say if Trump himself is aware of those discussions or has given them his blessing.

Romney famously tore into Trump in March, telling a Utah audience that the New York billionaire was ‘a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He’s playing members of the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House, and all we get is a lousy hat.’

But eight months after the former Massachusetts governor said that ‘dishonesty is Donald Trump’s hallmark’ and mocked his ‘bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third-grade theatrics,’ Trump is reportedly considering making him America’s top diplomat.

Choosing Romney could leave Trump open to sniping from conservatives who are eager to see a Republican administration chock full of right-wing political bomb-throwers in the mold of the president-elect’s campaign speeches.

But Trump has sent signals that he’s interested in showing the world a softer face, even at the risk of alienating some of his most zealous backers.

One way to resolve that tension would be a public mea culpa to smooth the waters with Trump loyalists who want to see a more charismatic hard-liner – like former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani or former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich – win the post.

While Trump may be willing to accept Mitt’s groveling as an act of contrition, many of those who voted for him aren’t as likely to forgive and forget and there are efforts underway by the grass roots supporters to urge the new prez to reject Romney’s overtures. It’s difficult to imagine that Mitt would be up to the task of cleaning up the horrible mess left by John Kerry and Hillary Clinton at Foggy Bottom and a better choice may be a Trump loyalist and hardass like Rudy Giuliani who was one Republican who didn’t spend months stabbing that party’s nominee in the back.

If anything though, Romney is consistent to a fault. The man is a narcissist and an attention whore who like the proverbial bad case of herpes just refuses to go away.

Originally published at Downtrend.com