Snow Pond, NH -
Here in New Hampshire, I am a transplanted Massachusan. But when I lived in Mass, I was a transplanted Washingtonian. Although I lived in the Bay State for two years I have never voted in a major election (opting out of the 2006 foregone conclusions of Ted Kennedy, Deval Patrick and John Olver). Furthermore, while there, I had my eyes set North and West, up to New Hampshire and perpetually back to Olympia. Mass politics never really interested me outside of the Presidential candidacy of John Kerry, the legend of Teddy Kennedy, and the olden hijinx of Willie Weld.
So Mitt Romney never really concerned me, especially since it was clear from the day I set foot in the state that he wouldn't run for a second term in a race he certainly would have lost. But the thing that really struck me was how much disdain my friends had for Governor Romney. Maybe they were just a bunch of single-minded liberals who repulsed at the thought of their Republican governor, but it always seemed like more than that. There was real, genuine disdain in their voice. I guess familiarity breeds contempt, for I know my own feelings toward the likes of Slade Gorton.
Nevertheless, it has remained a pebble in my boot ever since. What's the deal with Mitt Romney? I haven't followed him too much on the trail, and if anything I have preferred his commercials to those of any other GOP candidate, whether he is presenting himself as a fresh face or implying vigor and wisdom. I mean, the GOP has to pick somebody. Well, today's Washington Post has a long article about Governor Romney. While it highlights many of his strengths, it also details the political betrayal felt by many in Massachusetts and sets the tone for what we may be able to expect in the future, should he last beyond February 5.