Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., sounds like she has some regrets.
The House minority leader was on the front line of the Democratic Party's campaign in 2012 to brand former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as a sexist, money-grubbing bigot.
But now that President Trump is in office, Pelosi sounds like she almost regrets having contributed to the political crucifixion of 2012's genuinely decent GOP presidential nominee.
"Wouldn't it be nice if [Romney] were president of the United States?" the congresswoman asked Wednesday evening during an event hosted by the Los Angeles Times.
Her question-slash-joke, which is reminiscent of when she said last November, "Doesn't Mitt Romney look good to us now? Oh my God," prompted a "huge applause" from her audience, according to University of California, Los Angeles professor and New York Times contributor Lynn Vavreck.
Part of the reason we're in this mess today is because not enough decent people run for office. A decent person knows that if he throws his hat into the ring, he will be drawn and quartered by egomaniacal political opponents. He also knows that his most personal and intimate moments will be excavated and displayed in public by unscrupulous political operatives. He knows that a bloodthirsty press will rain down hell on him in the form of "gotchas" and insipid screeching about gaffes.
If a candidate is especially decent, and if he has no particularly damning skeletons in his closest, his enemies will create scandals from thin air, which is precisely what the Democrats did in 2012 to Romney.
And Pelosi was quite the willing participant.
The congresswoman allied with then-Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., in spreading the lie that Romney was a tax cheat. The claim was a total falsehood, which Reid all but admitted to later, but not before Pelosi jumped in to defend the senator from critics who questioned whether the story was bogus.
"Harry Reid made a statement that is true. Somebody told him. It is a fact," the congresswoman told the Huffington Post. "Whether he did or not can easily be disposed of: Mitt Romney can release his tax returns and show whether he paid taxes."
"Harry Reid is a person who is, as we know, A, is a fighter, B, he wouldn't say this unless it was true that somebody told him that," she added.
Neither Pelosi nor Reid ever apologized for the tax smear.
In July 2012, the California congresswoman also accused Romney of intentionally bombing his address before the NAACP, theorizing that the former governor wanted to use the image of offended black people to boost his standing with white voters.
"I think it was a calculated move on his part to get booed at the NAACP convention," she said in an interview on Bloomberg Television.
At the Democratic National Convention that year in Charlotte, N.C., the congresswoman warned that a Romney presidency would cause possibly irrevocable damage to women, minorities, and the American dream itself.
"[T]he character of our country [is on the ballot]," she said. "The hard-won rights of women are on the ballot. Democrats trust the judgment of women. We reject the Republican assault on women's health. It's just plain wrong."
"The American dream is on the ballot. Ladders of opportunity for our middle class are on the ballot," Pelosi added.
Later, in an Oct. 25, 2012, interview on "The Daily Show," Pelosi accused Romney of being a sexist.
"Respect for women or not? That's another 'Mittology,' that he's a champion for women. Please," she said, adding, "Women have just about the most to lose, whether you're a woman of childbearing age or senior woman, in my case."
And so on.
Wouldn't it be nice if Romney were president of the United States indeed.