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Wednesday's HOT MIC

Here is today's HOT MIC.

A few thoughts on Mitt Romney running for Senate from his perch in Utah:

Romney is no Mike Lee. I think we can all agree on that. But he'll vote with the GOP caucus 99.876 percent of the time, including on the all-important judicial nominations. I know a lot of Trump loyalists are going to scream and set their hair on fire over this announcement because of the bad blood between Trump and Romney, but hear me out. If you want Trump's agenda to succeed (and that's what it's all about, right?) the GOP is going to need that Republican vote from Utah. We simply cannot afford another debacle like we saw in Alabama. Mitt is still wildly popular in Utah, and he'll have the money and skillz to beat whatever upstart Roy Moore type the Bannonites throw at him. And then he'll beat whatever sacrificial scrub the Democrats send to the plate.

FiveThirtyEight:

If Romney does enter the race, it’s hard to see him losing — the primary or the general. In a survey taken in November, Romney was rated among the most popular politician in the state. His net favorability among all voters was +47 percentage points — far higher than Trump’s. He also scored a +73 net favorability among Utah Republicans. (By contrast, Romney’s popularity among GOP voters nationally plummeted when he spoke out against Trumpduring the 2016 primaries.) The same poll found Romney with an astounding 51 percentage point lead against potential Democratic nominee Wilson.

A protracted mini-war along the way doesn't help our side and will just give the Democrat-Media Complex more ammo to use against us in future wars. Think long and hard before you put that lighter to your hair.

Look, I was no Romney fan when he ran for president in 2012. In fact, he was my last choice after I had cycled through Santorum, Perry, and a couple others I can't even remember now. Eventually, I begrudgingly put a Romney sign in my yard and even went to a rally. I admit, he kind of grew on me. I think he's a good family man and a decent role model at minimum. At best, as I said, he'll be a reliable GOP vote. The man doesn't have an obstructionist bone in his body. I'm confident he'll do what needs to be done for the sake of the GOP agenda.

Broward County Sherrif Scott Israel just addressed the media:

According to Israel, 17 people lost their lives in the attack -- 12 in the school building, two just outside the building, one was on the street, and two at the hospital. He declined to share theories about the shooter's motive and said he didn't know if any teachers were shot.

The attack began outside the school and then moved inside, according to Israel.

He identified Nikolas Cruz as the shooter and said he is in custody and authorities are investigating his background and social media activities, which Israel called "very, very disturbing." The 19-year-old was a former student at Douglas High School and had been expelled for disciplinary reasons. He was carrying an AR-15 with "multiple magazines."

"Continue, please, to pray for these victims and these families," Israel urged.

Fox News is reporting that 16 are dead in the Florida school shooting. Many others are injured and there may yet be more fatalities. NOW is the time to pray for the victims and their families.

That would make this the ninth most deadly school massacre in history. Wikipedia:

Here is video of Nicolas Cruz, the alleged gunman, being taken into custody.

Heavy has "five fast facts" about Cruz, here.

The shooter has reportedly been transported from the hospital to the police station. Officials are still searching the school to ensure there are no explosives on the campus, apparently because of the shooter's references to bombings on social media.

A total of 14 individuals have been taken to several hospitals, but there are not yet any official reports of fatalities, although there are unofficial reports that "many" have died in the shooting.