That's probably because of his enduring feud with former President Donald Trump, who saw through his BS act and refused to name him as secretary of state. He knows he won't win again in deep-red Utah.
So he figured he will just burn what is left of his reputation within the GOP on his way out the door, likely to another multimillion-dollar gig so he can add to his already substantial fortune.
As such, Romney has announced that he will support the nomination of Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson to a lifetime appointment on the U.S. Supreme Court, despite the fact that, during her time as a federal judge and a public defender, she advocated for and handed down light sentences to child molesters and child pornographers.
"After reviewing Judge Jackson’s record and testimony, I have concluded that she is a well-qualified jurist and a person of honor. While I do not expect to agree with every decision she may make on the Court, I believe that she more than meets the standard of excellence and integrity. I congratulate Judge Jackson on her expected confirmation and look forward to her continued service to our nation," Romney said in a tweet.
He joins two other RINOs who are endangered as well: Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine (Murkowski has a Trump-backed challenger in this year's GOP primary).
"My support rests on Judge Jackson’s qualifications, which no one questions; her demonstrated judicial independence; her demeanor and temperament; and the important perspective she would bring to the court as a replacement for Justice Breyer," Murkowski said in her statement of betrayal.
"It also rests on my rejection of the corrosive politicization of the review process for Supreme Court nominees, which, on both sides of the aisle, is growing worse and more detached from reality by the year," she added.
Yeah, okay, Lisa. Tell that to the Democrats -- including our current vice president -- who literally invented false victims and false charges of rape against now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
The support of all three means Jackson is a shoo-in to become "the first black woman on the nation's highest court" – because that was Joe Biden's only qualification, as he stated time and again during the campaign trail in 2020 (on the few times he ventured out of his basement).
But make no mistake, Jackson's leniency for child abusers and predators is a matter of public record and well-documented by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who listed the various instances in a Twitter thread before her confirmation hearings even began.
"I've been researching the record of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, reading her opinions, articles, interviews & speeches. I’ve noticed an alarming pattern when it comes to Judge Jackson’s treatment of sex offenders, especially those preying on children," Hawley wrote.
"Judge Jackson has a pattern of letting child porn offenders off the hook for their appalling crimes, both as a judge and as a policymaker. She's been advocating for it since law school. This goes beyond 'soft on crime.' I’m concerned that this a record that endangers our children," he added.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) was equally condemning of Jackson during confirmation hearings.
"The [federal sentencing] guideline says we’re [going to] treat a person that distributed 1,000 [pictures] a lot worse, because that shows that this person is really engaged in this really horrible behavior. In comes the internet: on the internet with one click, you can receive [and] distribute tens of thousands [of pictures]. You can be doing this for 15 minutes – and all of a sudden, you are looking at 30, 40, 50 years in prison," argued Jackson during a hearing.
"Good, absolutely good," Graham interrupted. "I hope you go to jail for 50 years if you're on the internet trolling for images of children in sexual exploitation. See, you don’t think that's a bad thing. I think that’s a horrible thing."