June 29, 2004


A Republican Subs for Kerry With Relish: After John Kerry decided not to attend the annual meeting of the nation's mayors, Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts seized the chance to needle Democrats. (PAM BELLUCK, 6/29/04, NY Times)

"I wanted to indicate my support of Mayor Menino," Mr. Romney said.

"He's a man of courage and integrity," he added, saying, "In the executive responsibility, you put first the people and not the pickets."

Mr. Romney had declined an invitation to attend the conference on Saturday because of scheduling conflicts, said his spokeswoman, Shawn Feddeman. But when he heard about Mr. Kerry's decision on Sunday night, he called to ask if he could take the senator's slot.

Mr. Romney insisted Monday he was "not here to make any comment or statement on Senator Kerry."

So, to whom might he have been referring when he said:

"A mayor, a governor and a president have a responsibility to make tough decisions and balance budgets. A senator doesn't, and that's a big difference. Senators don't have to balance budgets. Senators don't have to make those kinds of trade-offs. That's what the mayor has to do, and that's why I want to be here for him."

Mr. Romney capped his comments by calling Mr. Menino a "good Democrat."

In an interview on Monday, Mr. Menino said: "I love that. To be called a good Democrat by a Republican - that's great. That shows respect."

Not like Mr. Kerry, the mayor suggested.

Paging Mr. Dionne....

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 29, 2004 4:28 PM

Wouldn't it be great to have a show on Fox or MSNBC, say, around Nov. 8th or 9th, which detailed all the nonsensical statements of *pundits* like EJ, Mark Shields, Al Hunt, etc.? Forget the leftist flacks, just look at those who purport to be "centrists". Time for a review, just like in elementary school.

Remember the Biffle poll was the most accurate in 1948. Hard to believe that Mark Shields seems to have forgotten.

Posted by: jim hamlen at June 29, 2004 4:43 PM

Instapundit's got a goodie - Kerry crossed a picket line in Chicago to talk to The Reverend's gang.

Posted by: Sandy P at June 30, 2004 1:01 AM
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