Thursday, July 15, 2004
Backdoor Man

Yesterday, Willard Mitt went to Washington to speak before the National Press Club, an august group which has previously hosted such luminaries as Bob Newhart; Raquel Welch; Miss America Katie Harman; and, Jim Davis, the creator of Garfield.

Romney, whose invitation was based in part upon his role overseeing the legalization of gay marriage in Massachusetts, curiously downplayed his role in the controversial policy. In fact, his written remarks did not mention a proposed federal constitutional amendment to block gay marriage. (source: Associated Press, 7/14/2004)

Instead, Romney used the platform to blast the administration of President George W. Bush and the Republican Party, saying it funds "programs that don't work (and) tolerates abuse and cheating in the multiples of billions of dollars." He also said it is wasteful and doles out money "based on who will vote for us or for our party: in effect, we buy votes." (source: Associated Press, 7/14/2004)

Romney's shocking use of the first-person "we" pronoun in his description of slothful, illegal action contrasted poorly with the reformer image he has tried to force on the public, and indicates that the practice of 'wasting tax-payer dollars to buy votes' is not limited to Washington, but is also the currency of the Massachusetts Executive Branch.

It is not known if Romney's confession to selling state government will result in an ethics investigation.

It is also not known who penned Romney's remarks. Willard Mitt's slam of President Bush may have been a bold, calculated mechanism to reach out to undecided voters on the national level, a mechanism with minimal risk if Bush loses in November. However, if Bush beats Kerry, Romney may find himself sitting on a park bench next to Sandy Tennant, the one-time rising Republican consultant who, back in 1999, tried to cut across the grain by quizzing W about his (W's) youthful indiscretions.

Tennant's career is still waiting to recover from that bold, calculated mechanism.

Romney also used his first national speech to take a gratuitous swipe at labor unions, alleging that they prevent lean government.

He said that Sen. John Kerry would be a poor leader as he "can't face down the public employee unions." (source: Associated Press, 7/14/2004)

Ironically, when Willard Mitt showed up for his speech, he was greeted by 30 union members from Massachusetts labor groups who had rented a bus to protest Romney's remarks.

Rather than "face down" the public employee union members, the Fraud Governor scuttled around the building and went in a back door to avoid them. (source: Rat Line)

There is no truth to the rumor that he was carrying a copy of John F. Kennedy's book, Profiles in Courage.


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