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Boston Globe's 7 pieces on Romney - A Pretty Good Endorsement
My Man Mitt.com/The Boston Globe ^ | 07/02/07 | Jason Bonham

Posted on 07/02/2007 8:25:01 AM PDT by Reaganesque

Boston Globe's 7 pieces on Romney- A Pretty Good Endorsement
posted by: jason | posted at: 9:50 AM | permalink here

I finally had a chance to sit down and read the Globes 7 piece story on Mitt Romney. It's worth a read if you have the time. Long, but full of details.

Before reading it what struck me, was the Boston Globe does a 7 article piece on Romney, and the most negative thing the public can take away from it is that Romney strapped a dog carrier to the top of his car. You would think with a paper owned by the NYTimes that has a penchant for negative stories on Romney, a little more could have been unearthed, but alas, that wasn't the case.

Lets look at some of what they revealed on Romney.

1. College Days:


"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."


2. Bain Capital Days:

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.


3. Family Life:

''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.''


After these stories, the Globe goes onto a series of articles on Romney's life in the Olympics and Governor. Granted, Romney does have critics their. What public figure who is successful doesn't? And granted, Mitt is not perfect, there are some fair criticisms that can be made.

But I think what is most noteworthy, after reading the entire series, is that the Boston Globe has been following and digging up on Romney for years, and what do we get, a picture of an honorable man who has a strong inner core of values that revolve around his family and integrity.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: background; electionpresident; elections; globe; romney; series
I have stated this before but it bears repeating, what terrifies the media and so many of his opponents, on both sides of the aisle, so much about Mitt Romney is the fact that a man who doesn't smoke, drink, swear, cheat on his wife, taxes or business deals or take bribes is not within their realm of experience. Mitt literally comes out of nowhere for these people. Such people, according to the prevailing political culture, do not exist. Therefore, Romney must be a phony.

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.

1 posted on 07/02/2007 8:25:04 AM PDT by Reaganesque
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To: Austin1; bcbuster; beaversmom; bethtopaz; BlueAngel; Bluestateredman; borntoraisehogs; brivette; ...
Mitt Ping!

• Send FReep Mail to Unmarked Package to get [ON] or [OFF] the Mitt Romney Ping List


2 posted on 07/02/2007 8:26:07 AM PDT by Reaganesque (Romney 2008)
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To: Reaganesque

I hear that the dog lobby has him on their sh!t list, but the cat lobby loves him.


3 posted on 07/02/2007 8:27:51 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Reaganesque
Therefore, Romney must be a phony.

That's NOT why he seems like a phony.

4 posted on 07/02/2007 8:28:04 AM PDT by Petronski (imwithfred.com)
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To: Brilliant

Perhaps he’ll tape the dog lobby to the top of his station wagon and drive them to Ontario too.


5 posted on 07/02/2007 8:28:59 AM PDT by Petronski (imwithfred.com)
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To: Reaganesque

After Thompson’s boneheaded remark about Cuban refugee terrorists, I’m leaning toward Romney.


6 posted on 07/02/2007 8:31:49 AM PDT by elfman2 (An army of amateurs doing the media's job.)
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To: Reaganesque

Just what is so suprising about a Lib paper praising a RINO?

It’s their way of trying to win the election with either outcome.


7 posted on 07/02/2007 8:32:56 AM PDT by Hazcat (We won an immigration BATTLE, the WAR is not over. Be ever vigilant.)
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To: Reaganesque

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.


8 posted on 07/02/2007 8:42:05 AM PDT by texas_mrs (Good fences make good neighbors)
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To: Reaganesque

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.


9 posted on 07/02/2007 8:42:19 AM PDT by ran20
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To: elfman2
After Thompson’s boneheaded remark about Cuban refugee terrorists

Wow... you accept Hillary Clinton's words at face value?

10 posted on 07/02/2007 8:43:58 AM PDT by kevkrom ("Government is too important to leave up to the government" - Fred Dalton Thompson)
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To: Reaganesque
''I didn't want to profit from a studio that made R-rated movies,'' Romney said recently.

LOL. What happens in Disneyland stays in Disneyland...

11 posted on 07/02/2007 8:56:12 AM PDT by curiosity
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To: jbonham76

12 posted on 07/02/2007 8:56:57 AM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (<---- is vacationing from gnats)
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To: Reaganesque

Not sure having the Boston Globe’s support is much of a endorsement.


13 posted on 07/02/2007 9:00:28 AM PDT by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Congressman with pyschotic supporters)
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To: pissant

They’d never endorse him, they hate him.


14 posted on 07/02/2007 9:14:33 AM PDT by Andy'smom
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To: elfman2
After Thompson’s boneheaded remark about Cuban refugee terrorists

What boneheaded remark?

15 posted on 07/02/2007 9:31:15 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (Fred Thompson is Duncan Hunter without the training wheels)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

You are homophobic.


16 posted on 07/02/2007 9:50:53 AM PDT by jbonham76
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To: jbonham76
You are homophobic.

Nonsense. I'm not afraid of you at all.

17 posted on 07/02/2007 9:52:25 AM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (<---- is vacationing from gnats)
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To: Reaganesque

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.


18 posted on 07/02/2007 9:56:21 AM PDT by asparagus
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Wow,

you really are into smearing people.


19 posted on 07/02/2007 10:01:50 AM PDT by jbonham76
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To: asparagus
Mitt’s story is the kind of story they’ll play at the convention to introduce Mitt to the nation.

Really? His poll nos. have dropped 7 points in a little over a month.

From PollingReport.com
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]?"

6/26-27/07
Rudy Giuliani 29%
John McCain 17%
Fred Thompson 15%
Newt Gingrich 8%
Mitt Romney 8%

20 posted on 07/02/2007 10:04:23 AM PDT by greyfoxx39 ("We don't want to open a box of Pandoras." - Bruce King former governor of NM, DEM)
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To: greyfoxx39

They are only going up in key states. Too bad for you.


21 posted on 07/02/2007 10:08:09 AM PDT by jbonham76
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To: kevkrom
"Wow... you accept Hillary Clinton's words at face value?"

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.

22 posted on 07/02/2007 10:24:17 AM PDT by elfman2 (An army of amateurs doing the media's job.)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZKo69NdzkQ


23 posted on 07/02/2007 10:25:26 AM PDT by elfman2 (An army of amateurs doing the media's job.)
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To: Reaganesque
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 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.

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.

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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.

24 posted on 07/02/2007 11:19:39 AM PDT by redgirlinabluestate (SMART people 4 Mitt)
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To: ran20
Also scary for some power brokers is a person in the office of President that they can’t control.

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.

25 posted on 07/02/2007 1:02:06 PM PDT by Canticle_of_Deborah (Catholic4Mitt)
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To: greyfoxx39

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.


26 posted on 07/02/2007 1:38:46 PM PDT by asparagus
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To: redgirlinabluestate

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.


27 posted on 07/02/2007 1:46:36 PM PDT by asparagus
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To: asparagus
I know what you are saying. I hope you are wrong, of course! Well, I guess we will have to wait and see! BTW smart people do know how to spell "messenger." It's more the typing ability, or lack thereof, than the spelling. Oops. I don't usually correct my typos, just normally let 'em go. But when I joked about being a "Smart person 4 Mitt," I thought I better spell "messenger" correctly at least. LOL.

See tagline.

28 posted on 07/02/2007 2:15:50 PM PDT by redgirlinabluestate (BAD TYPISTS 4 Mitt too)
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To: Hazcat

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.


29 posted on 07/02/2007 4:41:49 PM PDT by Reaganesque (Romney 2008)
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