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Friday, May 11, 2007

"I'm hoping somebody better comes along"

Myth Romney is on his charm offensive. He probably should consider a surge.

Despite good fund-raising and good hair, the Mittser continues to languish in third or fourth place in the polls (depending on non-candidate Fred Thompson's inclusion). He only recently vaulted to the top spot in one New Hampshire poll, despite the fact that Massachusetts candidates traditionally own Granite State voters. And as we all know, he has more positions than a yoga master.

And now we come to find his support is not only a couple of feet wide, it's about a nanometer deep.
“If nobody better comes along, I’m going to vote for him,” an evangelical minister told the New York Times. “But I’m hoping somebody better comes along.”
It is a reflection of the sorry state of the conservative movement in general, and the Republican Party in particular, that the 10 white males running around the nation clamoring to replace George W. Bush that a serial flip-flopper registers anything more than an asterisk in polls. Let alone make the cover of Time, or joust with Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes.

While the Romney camp is undoubtedly reveling in this wave of national attention, they should take heed of the comment by the Iowa minister. Or this psychological analysis of Mittser compared to his father George, which can only be termed as searing. Some excerpts:
Whether Romney 2.0 is a real deal is precisely what everyone wants to know these days. Beyond the appearance and the résumé lies perhaps an important difference from the earlier Romney. Whereas George stood firm and true against the prevailing political winds, Mitt seems as if he can dress himself as a politician for any season. You can't help wondering whether what he learned from his father's steadfastness was an object lesson in what not to do if he doesn't want to end up as a footnote in someone else's Presidential memoirs.
Time's Karen Tumulty also does a solid job marking the Romney "conversion" on abortion rights and guns, to name too. She also reminds us again of Romney's word when it came to running for governor -- telling Jane Swift he wouldn't challenge her before backing out on that promise.

There's also a good counterbalance to the Romney commercials touting his "accomplishments" in four years.
There's two ways to look at this guy. One is that the glass is half empty. The other is that the glass is totally empty," says Stephen Crosby, a Republican who served in the Swift administration and is now dean of the graduate school of policy studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Romney's ads and campaign speeches boast of engineering an economic turnaround. But Michael Widmer, president of the nonpartisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, points out that the state has lagged most others in job growth. And while Romney closed a $3 billion deficit without raising taxes, he did it in part by raising numerous fees, as well as shifting some of the burden by cutting aid to cities and municipalities.
Well, at least we know Romney believes in evolution. At least when it comes to political questions.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for the Swift official. It must have been grating for those people to watch this empty suit, grinning snake oil salesman breeze into the state, snap his fingers, and say "step aside, girlie."

May 12, 2007 4:26 AM  

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