Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Romney Watch '08'

Mitt Romney made alot of noise saturday, when he vetoed a bill the would expand access of the after morning pill to hospitals. Romney explained his decision to veto the bill in a Boston Globe opinion piece today (subscription only):

For all the conflicting views on this issue, it speaks well of our country that we recognize abortion as a problem. The law may call it a right, but no one ever called it a good, and, in the quiet of conscience people of both political parties know that more than a million abortions a year cannot be squared with the good heart of America. You can't be a prolife governor in a prochoice state without understanding that there are heartfelt and thoughtful arguments on both sides of the question. Many women considering abortions face terrible pressures, hurts, and fears; we should come to their aid with all the resourcefulness and empathy we can offer. At the same time, the starting point should be the innocence and vulnerability of the child waiting to be born.

Here's another interesting Boston Globe article entitled "Are We Ready for a Mormon President?"

''Catholics like to talk about anti-Catholicism and Jews like to complain about anti-Semitism. But a hundred years ago, Mormonism was the most hated religion in America. Since then the religion has changed dramatically. It's almost like a new business taking off -- it's a quintessential American success story."

Wolfe thinks that if Romney's ambitions take him to the 2008 Republican primaries, he's likely to be slimed by political operatives of the Karl Rove mold. ''I think there will be rumors spread about how Mitt Romney has six wives, all of them 14 years of age, stashed in a house in Utah. These rumors will be denied, but they will stick in people's minds. There is some subterranean sentiment about curious practices in Mormonism."

It will be interesting to see how mormonism fairs in 08. Of course, no Democrats will make an issue of Romney's faith:

Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, brought up Romney's Mormon faith with the Atlantic interviewer. "The question you didn't ask," Kennedy said, "was about Mormonism, whether it would hurt him in a national campaign."
"The answer is no," Kennedy answered. "We've moved on. That died with my brother Jack."

Wow, JFK was Mormon?

Here is a MUST READ article on Romney.


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