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Massachusetts Liberal

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

Monday, January 09, 2012

Pious baloney

Only Mitt Romney could make fellow Massachusetts millionaire John Kerry seems comfortable in his own skin.

Our Man Myth, who over the course of the campaign has said he is unemployed and lamented French plumbing, now tells us he feared losing his job during his days as a venture capitalist, putting people out of work.
“I know what it’s like to worry whether you’re gonna get fired,” Romney volunteered during a mid-day rally of several hundred inside an ornate opera house here. “There were a couple of times I wondered whether I was going to get a pink slip.”
Of course, Romney could offer no examples from his career at Bain Capital, a company he created and successfully ran, making millions for himself and his partners. The closest you might come is his decision not to seek reelection as governor in 2006, knowing that by losing interest in the job as he began eying the presidency, Bay State voters might toss him out.

The personal reinvention of a millionaire's son is akin to the political metamorphosis from running to the left of Ted Kennedy in 1994 to his current spot on the right edge of American politics.

And it only magnifies what Newt Gingrich has brilliantly labeled "pious baloney" from the man whose rare honest moment came after he thought about the immigration status of his lawn care team because "I'm running for office for Pete's sake."

I'll bet you $10,000 Romney wishes he had that back.

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