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Massachusetts Liberal

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

For what it's worth

Can't wait to see what kind of ad Mitt Romney creates to mark the Union-Leader's endorsement of Newt Gingrich.

Our Man Myth has been doing a pretty good job twisting people's words, but it will require spinmeister Eric Fehrnstrom's best efforts to make something out of this rebuke.

While the Union-Leader's history of picking winners is spotty at best, the newspaper remains a clarion of conservative thought, such as it is. And their words should hardly comfort either man:
"We don’t have to agree with them on every issue. We would rather back someone with whom we may sometimes disagree than one who tells us what he thinks we want to hear."
Ouch.

Let's reflect here. The U-L is backing the serial philanderer who called Paul Ryan's budget "right-wing social engineering" and made his fortune as the ultimate insider over the Lake Winnipesaukee homeowner and ever-earnest next door governor who courted them assiduously, both this year and in 2007 when they went with John McCain instead.

Pundits are of course correct the New Hampshire endorsement holds little sway over Iowa caucus goers -- except perhaps for the shrill tone the U-L could adopt toward Myth. But the endorsement does point out, once again, that Romney, barely able to crack the 25 percent mark, is unloved in his own party.

Forecasters are suggesting a warmer than usual winter for New England. That doesn't seem to be Romney's fate in his own backyard.

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