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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Following the script

The Romney presidential campaign continued to hew closely to the script calling for him to milk his final two months in office -- filing a 10-taxpayer complaint to force the Legislature to vote on the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

Leaving aside the delicious irony of asking for judicial activism from the same court which declared gay marriage legal (wonder if Reagan the role model is spinning over that one), the lawsuit is a grandstand of massive proportions as I've noted before in this space.

But there was the Mittser, backed by papal umbrella holder Ray Flynn and civic activist Eric Fehrnstrom, declaring it was wrong for the Legislature to deny people the right to vote and by gosh, the courts should order them to do so.

Those who actually know what's written in the Massachusetts Constitution suggest Romney will get little more than his TV commercial.

Even if lawmakers failed to act that day, it would not violate the constitution, said Renee M. Landers, who teaches constitutional law at Suffolk Law School and predicted that the SJC would side with the Legislature.

"The constitution requires them to consider the petitions that are proposed by initiative, but they don't have to vote to put them on the ballot," she said.

We can only wonder what his legacy would have been had he labored half as hard on any other issue -- such as proper treatment of the mentally ill.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's confused, he thinks it was the SJC who set aside that pesky residency requirement that allowed him to run in the first place.

November 26, 2006 1:39 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

You're probably right. I guess he can be forgiven for the confusion. After all he's never here.

November 26, 2006 7:26 AM  

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