Skip to comments.Boston Globe's 7 pieces on Romney - A Pretty Good Endorsement
Posted on 07/02/2007 8:25:01 AM PDT by Reaganesque
"He was just full of energy and excitement about the law and law school," said Garret G. Rasmussen, who, by virtue of alphabetical seating, sat near Romney their first year at law school. "There was nothing jaded about him, nothing skeptical, nothing ironic. He was all positive, and it was a very refreshing style."
"He didn't mind if we were drinking coffee or having a beer, but that wasn't what he did," Serkin said. "We respected him for being true to what he believed in, and I found him to be completely open and tolerant to everybody else."
On occasion, Mitt and Ann invited classmates to "family home evening," a Mormon tradition in which families set aside time each week to spend together. Visitors to their house at the time, on Winn Street near Belmont Hill, remember it as modest, without any obvious trappings of wealth.
In spending time with Romney, "you got the feeling you were dealing with a guy with a very strong moral fiber who is very devoted to church and family," added Brownstein. "You're not going to hear from Mitt a joke at anyone's expense, and you're not going to hear any swear words. You know when you meet him and when you're with him that you're dealing with a very serious-minded guy."
He approached his consultant job with the complementary skills that had been sharpened during his parallel lives at Harvard. His legal training taught him to ask challenging questions, to play the role of devil's advocate, and to use an adversarial process in an effort to get answers. Business school developed his ability to reconcile conflicting data and differing points of view. It also helped shape him as a leader and team-builder
In 1997, he balked again, at the acquisition of a Los Angeles video distributor and movie producer that would be renamed Artisan Entertainment and become famous for producing the movie ''The Blair Witch Project.''
Romney worried that Bain Capital's image would suffer from the perception it ''had gone Hollywood,'' according to Rehnert, the Bain partner who proposed he deal.
Romney had another problem. The studio had an extensive library of R-rated films, which the Mormon Church discourages its members from watching.
Rehnert calmed Romney's image concerns by enlisting a Chicago firm to join the deal, sharing the risk and deflecting attention from Bain.
Romney, balancing his duty to make money for his investors with his religious beliefs, let the deal go through, but declined to co-invest his own money, which partners usually did.
''I didn't want to profit from a studio that made R-rated movies,'' Romney said recently.
''Think about it,'' Tagg says, ''a 12-hour drive and the only time we stop is to get gas. When we stop, you can buy your food and go to the bathroom, but that's the only time we're stopping, so you'd better get it all done at once.'' Yet there was one exception to Mitt's nonstop policy. ''As soon as my mom says, 'I think I need to go to the bathroom,' he pulls over instantly, and doesn't complain. 'Anything for you, Ann.'.''
Tagg didn't get it back then, but now at age 37 he finally understands why his father has been willing to suspend his regimented ways when it comes to his wife. ''When they were dating,'' Tagg says, ''he felt like she was way better than him, and he was really lucky to have this catch. He really genuinely still feels that way, thinks, 'I'm so lucky I've got her.' So he puts her on a pedestal.''
And so they take his record and try to find something, anything that they find to be familiar. They want, they need a frame of reference that they can deal with. So if it can reasonably be spinned into charges of corruption, hypocrisy or worse, then so be it. Any verbal inconsistencies, real or perceived, no matter their significance, no matter how he actually behaved, become the basis for "he has no principles". A 24 year-old story about his dog becomes "he's a cruel monster." Anything to bring Romney down to a level they can wrap their heads around. Anything to make him fit their mold.
Problem is, Romney is such an engaging personality and such a genuine person that when people get to know him, they tend to like and support him. The polls in NH and IA and the rising decibels of the hysterical cries of "phony", "fraud" and "cultist" attest. The primary season is a long one and one in which Romney will have the ability to meet more and more of the country's voters either in person or via television or the Internet. As the average voter compares the man they met with the image that Romney's opponents have created, the more people will turn to Romney for the alternative that they are looking for to the "politics as usual" atmosphere they now see in Washington. The electorate is not stupid.
I hear that the dog lobby has him on their sh!t list, but the cat lobby loves him.
That's NOT why he seems like a phony.
Perhaps he’ll tape the dog lobby to the top of his station wagon and drive them to Ontario too.
After Thompson’s boneheaded remark about Cuban refugee terrorists, I’m leaning toward Romney.
Just what is so suprising about a Lib paper praising a RINO?
Its their way of trying to win the election with either outcome.
Mike Gallagher was going on about this dog carrier on the roof issue this morning on the radio. I finally had to turn the channel. Mike must not get out of DFW much or he would see that every other vehicle in Texas is a guy or gal with a dog in the back of the pickup. Do it myself; the dogs love it.
Also scary for some power brokers is a person in the office of President that they can’t control. Think of the classic mobster blackmail of getting a picture of a local politician with a hooker. The mobster keeps the pictures to himself, but calls in favors every once in awhile on threat. And uses the carrot of campaign contributions and bribes on the other side.
Wow... you accept Hillary Clinton's words at face value?
LOL. What happens in Disneyland stays in Disneyland...
Not sure having the Boston Globe’s support is much of a endorsement.
They’d never endorse him, they hate him.
What boneheaded remark?
You are homophobic.
Nonsense. I'm not afraid of you at all.
Mitt’s story is the kind of story they’ll play at the convention to introduce Mitt to the nation. The Olympics scenes will be very inspiring.
you really are into smearing people.
Really? His poll nos. have dropped 7 points in a little over a month.
FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. June 26-27, 2007.
N=900 registered voters nationwide.
Results below are among Republican voters
"If the 2008 Republican presidential primary were held today,
for whom would you vote if the candidates were [see below]?"
Rudy Giuliani 29%
John McCain 17%
Fred Thompson 15%
Newt Gingrich 8%
Mitt Romney 8%
They are only going up in key states. Too bad for you.
And the bonehead remarks keep coming...
Drink all the cool-aid you want. Look it up on youtube or read his rambling defense if it makes you feel better. He took a big stumble with a swing population in a swing state we can't lose, whether you accept it or not.
That's so true. Thanks for posting this --- it is heartening that, no matter how they tried to spin it, the Boston Globe didn't have much trash to throw.
The electorate is not stupid.
This, I am not so sure about! Otherwise, the "electorate" would have already chosen Mitt as the #1 guy. Only someone stupid would not see that Mitt is clearly the most qualifed and electable candidate with proven executive experience, a squeaky clean image, a conservative track-record of governance and the most articulate and sharp mesenger of the conservative platform we could ever ask for. Anyway, like you said, I am hopeful that as more people come to know him, the more people will like him.
I think this is part of the reason I like Romney so much. He is in control of himself. In every religious philosophy and tradition, a main goal for liberation/enlightenment/mystical union is the conquest of self. The man who conquers himself is truly free. The man who has not is a slave to his passions.
National polls are meaningless at this point. Let’s see what Mitt’s fundraising totals are in the next few days. If Guiliani or Thompson do win, then that says to me that Republicans have given up on the prospects for 2008. Either they are going to stick with the “If you don’t elect us, the Dems will kill us all strategy” or the “Y’all come back now, ‘ya hear” southern approach. Neither strategy is a long-term winner.
I’m still very hopeful for Mitt, but after the latest immigration debacle, I’m more and more persuaded that the party will go for the “safe” choice (Thompson) and go over the cliff in ‘08 (see Dole in 1996). I hope I am wrong.
The same people who criticize Mitt based on the negative things the Globe has said about him are now going to say that the Globe endorses him. No surprises there.