Thursday, August 27, 2009

Romney Pondering Plunge in Boston Harbor

Today's gossip, according to Peter Roff of US News & World Report is that Mitt Romney is thinking about running for Senator Kennedy's open seat in January. As I said in the Kennedy post, one of the joys in my voting life was voting for him. His challenger at the time was Mitt Romney. He was famous for his work during the Salt Lake City Olympics and his father being a governor. Romney campaigned hard, but in the end Ted Kennedy ran away with it. I remember thinking that Mitt was a little plastic; that he would say anything to get elected.

The year I left Massachusetts the people elected Romney as their governor. I'm not really sure what happened, but we did have a record of electing some republicans. (remember Bill Weld)

Word from family and friends in Massachusetts at the time was that there was buyer's remorse with Romney. He got elected as a moderate and governed that way for a time. In the end he seemed to be moving in the opposite direction. After he declared his intention to run for president we all knew why. I don't know why conservative republicans support a politician who campaigned and governed as a moderate in a pretty liberal state, then all of a sudden changes his stripes and becomes a good conservative. Do people remember when the biggest knock on John Kerry was that he was a "flip-flopper?" Totally bizarre, but then these days most republicans don't make a lot of sense anyway.

Even with all the money that he and the republicans would pour into the senate race if Romney were to announce, I don't think he has much of a chance. "Fool me once, shame on you, food me twice, the good people of Massachusetts would not be fooled again." Or in the words of Joe Liebermann to Alex Baldwin, "Bring it on!"

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