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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, September 08, 2007

Mama, don't let your babies grow up to be Democrats

The New York Times does a nice job pointing out the flip-flip duplicity of Myth Romney by offering gay rights positions tailored to the audiences whose votes he was seeking.

But buried deep in the story is a nugget that could do far more damage to the Mittser: his son Tagg thought about becoming a Democrat!

You remember Tagg Romney, whose proud papa says is serving his country by driving around Iowa's 99 counties in a gas-guzzling Winnebago?

Well, his devoted father counseled him through an earlier life crisis when the Son of the Empty Suit was thinking of the ultimate apostasy: changing his party registration.

Mr. Romney’s eldest son, Tagg, 37, says that back in the early 1990s, he told his father privately that he was thinking about becoming a Democrat.

His father sat him down to dissuade him, taking him through the differences between Republicans and Democrats. Tagg Romney says he does not remember his father’s talking about abortion, another issue that has troubled his candidacy, but he does remember being warned that Democrats would lead the country toward same-sex marriage.

“He thought it was very wrong to discriminate,” Tagg Romney said. “But where Democrats are going, they’ll eventually want to extend marriage to gays. I said, ‘No way.’"

So, was Mitt lying to us in 1994 and 2002? Or is he lying to the Republican primary goers now? How could he have run as a Republican with such a wayward son? And is Tagg happier now as a full-time chauffeur?

I report. You decide.

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