Monday, September 11, 2006

Hello Willard

I can't believe we didn't realize that Mitt Romney's real first name is Willard. We wonder how that would effect his Presidential aspirations if he went by Willard instead of Mitt. Anyway the Examiner (we don't even know what the Examiner is- will someone enlighten us in the comments please) did a thorough feature on Mitt Romney's Presidential ambitions. It hits on all the same stuff with Willard: polygamy, his growing prominence in the race, his father, and the glowing reviews he's received from the media. He also addresses the abortion flip-flop, with an interesting back story. Here are some pertinent excerpts:

“When I talk to each of the presidential candidates, every one of them brings up Romney — unsolicited — because they’re all focused on him as the smartest, toughest guy in the race,” Norquist said last month.

Romney says his epiphany occurred just two years ago, when discussing stem cell research with a pair of experts from Harvard.

“At one point, one of the two said, ‘this is not a moral issue because we kill the embryos at 14 days‚’ ”
Romney recalls. “And I looked over at Beth Myers, my chief of staff, and we both had exactly the same reaction, which is it just hit us hard.

“And as they walked out, I said, ‘Beth, we have cheapened the sanctity of life by virtue of the Roe v. Wade mentality.’

“There’s nothing I’d like better than seeing someone else out there as the front-runner,” he says. “Back in 1968, my dad was the front-runner and he lost.”

Indeed, former Michigan Gov. George Romney was the early favorite to capture the Republican presidential nomination nearly four decades ago. But he torpedoed his own campaign by remarking that his early support for the Vietnam war had been the result of “brainwashing.”

What do the Romney folks think about this article? Is it a fair assessment of your guy? Let's try and stay away from rehashing the same arguments as in the two below posts.


Blogger smartchick2008 said...

Oh heck. Why don't I start first. I'm tired of debating Gary anyway.

The thing I found lacking in the Examiner piece is any discussion of Romney's record, like tax cuts, spending cuts, or education reforms. Bill Sammon is a good reporter (I enjoy watching him on Fox), so I'm a little surprised the bulk of the article was about polygamy, religion, and abortion.

And I think the Examiner is a free paper in DC.

8:59 PM  
Blogger murphy said...

Looks like you get what you pay for with the Examiner. I too find it surprising that Mitt's lengthy record is largely passed over in favor of quotes about him taking the oath of office with his hand on the Book of Mormon.

...which by the way is untrue. He would take the oath with his hand on the Bible just as he did in MA.

9:49 PM  
Blogger Jeff Fuller said...

Not sure the Examinier is a free paper . . . see this URL

Looks like they have circulation (? different papers in Baltimore, SF, and DC).

Definitely not a "hate piece" . . . sort of balanced on the issues they chose to discuss.

Gotta agree with SmartChick and Murphy that the issues chosen are the "shock value" issues. Hardly a comprehensive piece.

10:20 PM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

While we agree with the trio of romney posters to an extent, what sells papers is what's interesting and controversial, so these are the kind of topics you're going to have to expect.

If nothing else Willard is interesting, Jeff pointed it out last week, he seems to be the only subject that garners muxh back and forth around the Cooler

10:46 PM  
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Blogger Burton Rider said...

Agree with SmartChick. Choosing nominees and electing presidents is serious business. There's a lot more to this story, and I wish Sammon had at least paid some cursory attention to something that matters -- how he would govern.

I do find it interesting what Grover points out - all the others bring up Romney. Haven't we found that to be true? Not just on the blogs, but out in the counties, too? I certainly hear it alot.

10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

meh. other than what's already been said above, it's a "so what?" piece.


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Blogger Kevin Davis Jr. said...

Those Napoleon Dynamite style "Vote for Mitt" shirts are funny!

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