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Massachusetts Liberal

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

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Un-Mittigated Liar

It's moving far beyond flip-flopping to outright prevarication for the Money, the Myth and the Legend.

Let's review:
  • Romney has already been forced to acknowledge, after touting his membership in the National Rifle Association, that he joined the group less than a year ago.
  • After saying that he had "a gun of my own," he later conceded that he didn't personally own guns, but that one of his sons did.
  • Now, Romney's campaign is acknowledging that, despite his assertion that he was a longtime hunter, Romney, 60, had in fact hunted one summer as a teenager and then just once when he was in his late 50s.

"I purchased a gun when I was a young man," the AP quoted Romney as saying. "I've been a hunter pretty much all my life."
Myth Romney is getting some more attention thanks to his "win" in the first quarter GOP money race, although we don't know how many people outside Utah and Massachusetts joined the bandwagon. That answer may be not many, since he was running in single digits in the polls.

Far more telling to me is the fact he's been running third in New Hampshire, a state where he owns a home and has been a regular on television as Massachusetts governor (OK, so he faded from view during his last two years of ignoring his job and gallivanting across the country.)

So now it's time to take another look at the Romney record. In Massachusetts, not much. He balanced the budget as required by state law.

Then there's the matter of shifting stands on gay rights, abortion, taxes, which has received considerable attention in Boston.

That all makes this little piece of transition writing questionable.
But perhaps because many people are still getting to know him, voters in Keene and Manchester did not press him on those issues...
Massachusetts politicians win New Hampshire primaries. Period. Think Michael Dukakis, Paul Tsongas and John Kerry.

The money bump undoubtedly will result in a boost in the polls, particularly as McCain sinks lower in the Iraq miasma. But I'm going to join the Washington Post's Howie Kurtz out on his lonely limb and utter just two words: Phil Gramm.

If fund-raising were all that matters, President Gramm would be back in retirement in Texas after two successful terms in the White House.

Don't look for President Romney to be chillin' on Winnipesaukee in 2009.

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