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is the title of this New York Times story just up on their website.   I suspect the former Governor of Massachusetts will not be happy with what Michael Wines wrote.

Here are the first two paragraphs:  

BOSTON — He came into office with a mandate to shake things up, an agenda laden with civics-book reforms and a raging fiscal crisis that threatened to torpedo both. He sparred with a hostile legislature and suffered a humiliating setback in the midterm elections. As four years drew to a close, his legacy was blotted by anemic job growth, sagging political popularity and — except for a landmark health care overhaul bill — a record of accomplishment that disappointed many.

That could be the Barack Obama that Mitt Romney depicted in Wednesday’s presidential debate as an ineffective and overly partisan leader. But it could also be Mitt Romney, who boasted of a stellar record as Massachusetts governor, running a state dominated by the political opposition.

One more paragraph to persuade you to go read and pass on this article:  
But on closer examination, the record as governor he alluded to looks considerably less burnished than Mr. Romney suggested. Bipartisanship was in short supply; Statehouse Democrats complained he variously ignored, insulted or opposed them, with intermittent charm offensives. He vetoed scores of legislative initiatives and excised budget line items a remarkable 844 times, according to the nonpartisan research group Factcheck.org. Lawmakers reciprocated by quickly overriding the vast bulk of them.
In other words, along with his lies about his tax plan, his health care "plan," about Obama's record, about the success of MA schools (for which he really is entitled to almost no credit), even his claim to bipartisanship is baloney.

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  •  Tip Jar (32+ / 0-)

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 08:22:45 PM PDT

  •  And of course, he was such a FABULOUS (8+ / 0-)

    governor that Massachusetts is currently +25 for Romney!

  •  This is probably the reason the phrase (5+ / 0-)

    "why am I not surprised"™© was invented.  To be honest, it could be the tagline for just about every fact-check of any comment Romney has made since it first occurred to him that, by golly, he could erase the blot on the family name from his daddy's defeat and be the President of the United States...

    I haven't really seen any rationale other than family redemption to explain his effort (well, OK, besides his passionate desire to make the world safe for corporate raiders and the truly wealthy).  He's certainly not been the savior that the Republican Base has been clamoring to see carrying his party's battle flag into the general campaign.  Kinda reminds me of somebody else from the first decade of this century...

    "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upward mobile..." - Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    by Jack K on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 08:48:47 PM PDT

  •   I said this would come out when (3+ / 0-)
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    Mitt talked about his working with dems. In fact, not many Rs think he was hands on.

    "The one big advantage to being a boring candidate is that you give the appearance of calm and stability. But, suddenly, Romney seemed to want to go for a piquant mélange of dull and hotheaded."-- Gail Collins

    by Inland on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 09:06:36 PM PDT

  •  Of course he lied about that too (5+ / 0-)

    Is that already counted in the 27 myths in 38 minutes, or is this yet an additional lie?  How could the media possibly be propping up a pathological liar?  Remember how they helped skewer Kerry for a couple flip-flops?

    Oh yeah . . . . the media bosses are corporations supporting Romney.  

    How do we go about busting up the media conglomerates?  They're killing us.

    We're ALL better off when we're ALL better off!

    by susanWAstate on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 09:44:08 PM PDT

  •  This needs to go viral (4+ / 0-)

    Please take this viral so others who don't read Kos will know about how Romney and the Ma Legislature got along.

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

    by Rosalie907 on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 10:08:52 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for this diary, Ken, as I was wondering (3+ / 0-)
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    myboo, teacherken, JamieG from Md

    about how he truly was a Governor and not what he says. I was wondering about his record and how he worked with Democrats and what they thought of him.

    So Thanks for this information as really no one else is talking about. The media is not talking about this and they should. The Media is not doing their job of fact checking and talking about Mitt's true record as Governor.

    Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

    by wishingwell on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 10:43:09 PM PDT

    •  his signature achievement was health care (1+ / 0-)
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      but he did not turn to that until he decided he wanted to run for President and needed a signature achievement to offer the nation.   It is about the only thing he did his final two years in office.

      As far as his using his bipartisanship in opposition to Obama, that did give the President an opportunity he chose not to use - to point out the January 20 2009 meeting where the Republicans conspired to block him, and Mitch McConnell's remarks after the 2010 election that their primary duty was to make him a 1-term president.  He could have pointed out that Republicans voted against their own legislative proposals in order to prevent him from achieving progress for the American people.  And he could have quoted Richard Mourdock's statement that his idea of bipartisanship was for the Democrat's to cave and take the Republican ideas.  When you have a Republican party that is more interested in blocking the President than in advancing programs that help the American people, it is pretty hard to be President.

      Or he could have invoked the Bill Clinton example, which is what I would have done.  He could have said that not a single Republican voted for Bill Clinton's budget, claiming it would destroy our economy.  Instead it created 23 million new jobs, and surpluses as far as the eye could see, surpluses that Bush and a Republican Congress threw into massive debt.  Maybe moving a legislative agenda without Republican votes is the best thing for the country?

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 04:42:52 AM PDT

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