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Massachusetts Liberal

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The Romney Revolution

At long last the book is about to close on the short, nasty and brutish tenure of Gov. Willard Mitt Romney as (Utah's) favorite son strikes out to do to America what he did to Massachusetts.

The Mittser was an upbeat soul the day after the election, declaring Republicans have heard the message voters were sending: "Americans spoke last night and Republicans are listening. Americans have not become less conservative, but they believe some Republicans have. As a party, we need to remember who we are and the principles that have always led our party and our country to success.

Mitt certainly wasn't listening to Massachusetts voters who elected him four years ago as a pro-choice moderate Republican who would bring business skills to the job. Well, if the business man was Dennis Kozlowski, he succeeded -- looting trust instead of cash.

Let's look at his record, the one he intends to present to the nation's conservatives in the hope they will select him as the next president.

The Massachusetts Republican Party -- a fairly weak entity to begin with -- has been destroyed. There are 31,000 fewer registered Republicans than four years ago. The GOP's legislative delegation -- a robust 24 members out of 200 -- can fit in a large phone booth. The party's leading candidate in 2010 is a three-time loser.

After the failed effort of "Team Reform" to make over the Legislature two year ago, Romney bailed out on the voters who elected him in 2002, focusing on avenging his father's humiliation and winning the presidency (where have I heard that before?)

To do that, he assumed the "leadership" of the Republican Governors Association, charged with adding more state capitals to the red column in 2006. Not so much.

But Mittsy didn't leave Massachusetts totally. He did refer to us on the campaign trail, dropped in occasionally for photo ops like the Big Dig collapse and engineered the free pass for his loyal second banana, Kerry Healey.

Oh yeah, and short circuited the political ambition of the ONLY potential star in the state GOP firmament (sorry to forget you earlier Charlie).

So the Mittser is preparing to take a walk down the center staircase of the Statehouse, ready to devote his efforts to lead our nation they way he led Massachusetts. Be afraid, be very afraid.

And Mitt, don't let the tomatoes hit you on the way out.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Favorite son of Utah? He was born and raised in Michigan.

November 08, 2006 8:01 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Poetic license! He has vacation homes in Utah and New Hampshire and his politics reflect Utah more than Massachusetts. But you are correct.

November 09, 2006 5:43 AM  
Anonymous JillK. said...

Remember that his real first name is Willard. That little tidbit might come in handy in Fall of 2007.

November 09, 2006 2:15 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Do I smell a rat? :-)

November 09, 2006 7:42 PM  

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