September 24, 2007


Romney keeps distance from Bush: Unlike other GOP hopefuls, he offers no words of support for the president. It's a risky strategy. (Cathleen Decker, September 24, 2007, Los Angeles Times)

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney stepped further Sunday down a potentially treacherous path -- distancing himself from a Republican president who, though generally unpopular, retains the overwhelming support of most of those who will vote in the party's primaries.

In a nationally broadcast television ad and in comments Sunday at Chapman University in Orange, Romney implicitly suggested that the party had gone off course in the years President Bush had been in office and when Republicans controlled Congress.

When one questioner from the Chapman audience described Bush as "one of the most divisive presidents that we've had in a long, long time," the president got no words of support from Romney.

"In Washington, somehow we seem broken," the former Massachusetts governor said. "Washington is a mess."

In the ad, Romney strikes the same note.

"It's time for Republicans to start acting like Republicans," he says, echoing remarks from recent campaign events. "It's time for a change, and change begins with us."

While Ronald Reagan's 11th Commandment was that you should never badmouth another Republican, Mr. Romney's ad--which ran in NH during the Patriot's game yesterday -- sells out the entire Party and the Commander-in Chief.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 24, 2007 7:10 AM

Who sold out who?

Turn about is fair play, at least for the craven members of congress.

As for Bush, he may sell out his entire Middle East Strategy for some Wahabbist lobbyist cash.

This is no endorsement of Romney, he just happens to be on the right track re: the craven party.

Posted by: Bruno at September 24, 2007 7:40 PM

The extremists sold out the GOP. Romney seems to want to be one.

Posted by: oj at September 24, 2007 10:22 PM