4. Romney has independence
Like Donald Trump, Mitt Romney is financially independent. While the Clintons used public office as a revenue stream, the chances of Romney attempting to profit from the office are slim.
While he is certainly an establishment figure, he does not appear to be financially beholden to the party or to special interests or foreign nations.
Romney is also politically independent, promoting an ill-gotten state-wide healthcare proposal which ultimately was the original blueprint for Obamacare. As a governor he was willing to try a less-than-conservative approach to solve a problem, and later, having had experience with the less-than-perfect solution, he did not think it was a sustainable idea at the national level.
Those who lack independence are unlikely to seek novel solutions to persistent problems, instead worrying about the opinions and interests of their friends or benefactors. That shouldn’t be the case with Romney. He has demonstrated that he can bring groups together to achieve a common goal and doesn’t mind stepping on a few toes.
Will Romney be willing to step on President Trump’s toes? We can’t know for sure, but my guess is that he will, if he believes Trump is making a terrible mistake.