They really are not cut from the same cloth. Romney has always maintained political ambitions, which have always made his positions malleable–like Clinton. Even this old lefty has a grudging respect for the man; despite his history of capital vulturism and association with the GOP, he operates within the letter law (not necessarily the spirit), and actually possesses some measure of a moral code.
Recognizing that all politicians lie, Trump has neither been a reliable trustworthy partner in any business arrangement, nor in his marriages and personal relationships. He just lies about anything and everything on purpose, by habit or personality defect, and with or without malice aforethought. Romney’s successful leadership of the 2002 Winter Olympic games unified Utahns and brought him accolades from Republican and Democratic leaders alike. He’s got “unity” credentials. Trump, on the other hand is a proven divider, and his vulgar personna isn’t playing well with chaste Utahns–the Republican majority for sure.
Romney’s lies are the standard ones told and practiced by numerous politicians, but he’s recognized as a very solid businessman among his peers, a man who can be trusted to hold up his end of the bargain. Post-Trump, I think the Utah GOP just might go for him, despite their latest contributions to the nation’s undoing have been Mike Lee and Jason Chaffetz, not to mention the perennial bedsores, Senator Orrin Hatch and Rep. Rob Bishop–all to the right of Romney.
Not the same cloth at all, but Romney is no silver lining either. Still this Utahn prefers him to Hatch and Trump, and actually hopes he makes it through the GOP nominating process, because only a Republican can win a statewide election in Utah, and unfortunately Romney at the moment appears to be the cream of the crop. (I’m blanching, because he doesn’t really live here and I couldn’t imagine uttering these words a few months ago.)