Thursday, October 16, 2003
New Low for SuperPatriot & Co

Samuel Johnson never met Willard Mitt. But we don’t think he would have liked him.

Johnson, of course, said that patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

It’s also the last refuge of a grotesque press machine, as headed by Romney’s loathsome $150,000-a-year spokesman, and his assistant, a cheap, Reese Witherspoon-wannabe dye-job.

On Tuesday, Team Reform threw a hissy fit when the Legislature overturned Romney’s plan to name the ‘Liberty Tunnel’ to honor “the sacrifices made in the name of liberty." (source: enr.construction.com, 4/07/03)

So they sent out the assistant to Romney's loathsome $150,000-a-year spokesman to spat that “Over the last month, (Fraud) Governor Romney has attended a funeral a week for servicemen killed in Iraq. He feels strongly we should honor the men and women who sacrificed for our nation by naming the I-93 tunnel ‘Liberty.’ Clearly the Transportation Committee has a different priority than the (Fraud) Governor.” (source: State House News Service, 10/14/2003)

The Committee clearly does have a different priority. They proposed that a tunnel be named the ‘Veteran’s Tunnel’ in honor of veterans. Romney’s ‘Liberty’ appellation could very well be honoring a Wakefield-based insurance company. (And knowing Romney, it probably is!)

What we find repulsive is that Romney, who dodged the Vietnam draft by fleeing to France (source: Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, 3/24/2002), waved the ‘bloody flag’ to ... win a naming rights contest. His staff invoked the memory of dead soldiers for the grand and noble purpose of ... spotting the legislature. Their action exposed Romney as a base, pathetic creature - so focused on the singular ideal of winning that no means are too extreme.

Further, Team Reform's statement indicates that Romney’s attendance at the funerals was but political strategy. Every politician regularly attends funerals. But only the craven use them to score cheap political points.

Finally, if Romney truly wanted to honor veterans, he would have fully funded the veteran’s outreach centers and cemetery accounts that he vetoed for FY04. Instead, SuperPatriot Willard cut veteran’s centers by $165,000 (line item 1410-0012) and veteran’s cemeteries by $86,018 (line item 1410-0630).

Yes, the Legislature over-rode each of these vetoes.

Much, we are sure, to Team Scoundrel’s chagrin.


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