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It was bad enough when two consecutive Republican governors decided that their job and responsibilities to the citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts was not important enough to them, and left the corner office for attempts at bigger and brighter things.

Now, however, things are worse, as Governor MItt Romney has decided to abandon his responsibilities to the Commonwealth and attempt for bigger and brighter things, but still keep his title and paycheck while doing so. He has abandoned his duties as governor, leaving most of them to Lt. Governor Healey, and has traveled around the country bashing Massachusetts in an attempt to show that he isn't really one of us, and that he would be a good presidential candidate. Well, he's right about the former, at least.

This morning's Boston Globe contains an article by Maria Cramer ( describing Governor Romney's most recent Massachusetts-bashing, which he decided to combine with good ol' fashioned gaybashing at Boston's Tremont Temple Baptist Church.

At an event where speakers described how the "homosexual agenda" was someone interfering with the religious freedom and dissent constitutional rights of the religious bigots-er, religious right, that is, Governor Romney said, "Today, there are some people who would like to establish a single religion, the religion of secularism."

Beyond the utter stupidity in the contradiction in terms of religion of secularism, apparently my Governor simply cannot understand the concept of separation of church and state. Judging from some of his other remakrs, perhaps we should excuse Romney for just not being that bright. At the same event, he described Massachusetts as the birthplace for traditional marriage, which I'm sure is news for all those folks who were married before the Plymouth Bay Colony was established in the early 1600s. On the other hand, perhaps we should welcome Romney's claim. Afterall, if Massachusetts could have redefined traditional marriage some time between its founding and now, why can't it do so again to incorporate same-sex marriage?

Romney also made the bombastic statement, "Every child deserves a mother and a father." Really, Mr. Romney? Is that really your claim? Then tomorrow morning at a press conference, I'd like to see you announce your proposed legislation to require that all widows and widowers with children remarry within six months. Sounds utterly absurd, right? But gee, I thought that every child deserves a mother and a father... So all single parents, be it a result of divorce or never marrying or death of a partner, etc., are all unfit, right Mr. Romney?

As long as Governor Romney is Governor of Massachusetts, he has a responsibility to the people of the Commonwealth. His duties are to be our governor, not to be a presidential candidiate. He can do both, but where the two collide, he should pick the interests of the Commonwealth over his personal interest. Of course, that may be asking for too much. One can hardly expect greatness from a petty, intolerant, selfish bigot.

Originally posted to jedidiah on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 05:16 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  he's toast (3+ / 0-)
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    theran, alwaysquestion, condoleaser

    the Southern Baptists and other heavy duty evangelicals won't vote for a Mormon.  Bob Jones U says they are a cult and worse than the Pope.

  •  My husband says he has no chance of being (2+ / 0-)
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    Osiris, alwaysquestion

    president but he just doesn't know it yet. At least we will be rid of him.

    THe GOP's message: We're going to screw you figuratively and literally.

    by lecsmith on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 05:29:33 AM PDT

  •  Go home indeed, Mitt. (4+ / 0-)

    By "home" I mean your newly adopted home of Iowa, where you've spent more of your time as governor than Massachusetts.

    Hey, Mitt: Iowa already has a governor; they didn't need for you to pitch in.  I realize it's too late for you to rectify your neglect of the Bay State, and we don't want you back, anyway.

    At this point, George Romney has a better shot at getting elected president.  Knock it off, Mitt; we don't need your distortions.  Secularism is no more a "religion" than is communism or cubism or refracting prism.

    A conservative is just a liberal who hasn't needed a second chance yet.

    by Larry McAwful on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 05:33:18 AM PDT

  •  That is from a Mormon whose religion principles (2+ / 0-)
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    alwaysquestion, Allogenes

    included polygamy. There's a winning statement of marriage.  Romney should be careful talking as
    a Mormon in massachusetts or he might be surprised
    exactly how catholic Massachusetts is.

  •  Romney is under investigation of all things lying (2+ / 0-)
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    alwaysquestion, Allogenes

    to the bondholders regarding the Big Dig inspections. Romney assured bondholders that
    there was ongoing inspections in order to secure financing. SEC thinks otherwise

    Hey hey watta say how many lies did you tell today.

    This time the holier than thous come in Morn=man clothes. I hope God is watching him.

  •  Stupid irony in comments... (1+ / 0-)
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    "Today, there are some people who would like to establish a single religion, the religion of secularism."

    And I'm sure none of the bobbleheads in his audience SAW THE IRONY of that statement.

    "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross" - Sinclair Lewis

    by Loboguara on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 06:10:55 AM PDT

  •  The Boston Herald... (4+ / 0-)

    a conservative tabloid if there ever was one, seems to have it in for both Romney and Kerry Healy (lt. gov. running for gov).  Today's headline, in BIG, BOLD TABLOID style is:

    MITT v. MASS.

    I know there's alot of hard work ahead for the election, but with "friends" like this, Healy could claim that Deval Patrick is the illegetimate child of Martin Bormann and Imelda Marcos and he would still win in a walk.

    "We're all working for the Pharoah" - Richard Thompson

    by mayan on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 06:17:53 AM PDT

    •  I've always given credit to the Herald (2+ / 0-)
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      for being an equal-opportunity scandal-monger. Their editorial positions are close to the NY Post's, but it was their front page that gave us all the details of Acting Gov Swift's misuse of State property etc; and it was the Herald that gave us that nice picture of the topless young woman on the "Booze Cruise."
      It did occur to me that their going after Swift might have been just to make it easier for Mitt to come in as a candidate in '02; but really, if you look at their "scandal of the day"regularly over a period of time, you'll see they go after all sides.

      "I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat." -- Will Rogers

      by Allogenes on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 06:50:23 AM PDT

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      •  As a colleague pointed out... (0+ / 0-)

        the Herald does seem to want, at least to some degree, to protect the people of Massachusetts from predator politicans who want to use the offices of the Commonwealth as springboards to national exposure.  Sound like anybody you know?  

        I never thought of them as populist protectors but I might have to reconsider.  They are NAILING Romney and Healey with each and every headline.  If Healey doesn't get the Herald crowd, she's totally screwed...really, REALLY totally screwed.

        "We're all working for the Pharoah" - Richard Thompson

        by mayan on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 08:03:21 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  No! Don't send him back to MA! (3+ / 0-)
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    We don't want him!

    "I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat." -- Will Rogers

    by Allogenes on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 06:50:52 AM PDT

  •  This was covered as ... (2+ / 0-)
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    a small article in our local paper today.  The statement from the article that says:

    Conservative religious and political leaders rallied Sunday in opposition of gay marriage, arguing tht their rights to religious expression are being threatened


    What an absurd statement.  One might as well claim that freedom for Americans to choose being Catholic threatens other Americans ability to be Baptist or Methodist. Lets face it folks, these modern day pharisees have no agenda other than keeping power and control of everything they possibly can.

    I'm sick of these folks and their anti gay amendments.  If these good "moral" folks want to put their money where their mouth is, and they really want to "save" marriage, they should be working to repeal divorce.  In each and every state where they have these amendment drives, we should counter act with our own that would read "One man, One woman, ONE TIME".  Have both those amendments on the ballot and make the "moral" folks show their true colors by forcing them to choose between a law that actually "saves" marriage (and upholds their biblical tenets), and a law that simply discriminates against homosexuals.

    I'm sick of America being covered by conservative crap

    by emsprater on Mon Oct 16, 2006 at 06:59:08 AM PDT

  •  Mitt inspects his bolt (1+ / 0-)
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    Finds it hard.

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  •  Ummmm, Michigan doesn't want him back. (0+ / 0-)

    Sorry,  Hot potato is yours for now.  And besides, we have the homophobic and religious freak running for governor to deal with: Dick DeVos.

    Let's make a deal then, ok?  You kick the shit out of Mitt and we'll kick the shit out of Dick and we'll both move on to better days.

    Or we could just send them both to Utah where neither one stands out as a freak.  (My apologies to all progressives in Utah.)

    OK, so now we have Michigan and Massachussets taken care of in terms of freaks, but since I just mentioned Utah, I feel obligated to solve their problems as well.  So here goes:  progressives get out NOW and move to North Dakota.  See there?  Now I just solved another state's problems because if all the progressives in Utah moved to ND, they could turn every office up and down the ticket blue given ND's low population.  Progressives are wasted in Utah but could be saviors to this nation if in ND.  I shall leave the migration details up to Robert Redford as I think he could do his gig in North Dakota the same as in Utah.

    There, four state solutions, if at least in part.

    Some days, I am pure genius. ;)

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