Monday, July 25, 2005
Way too long of a sojourn out to a lake (Clarity 10.3, Algae 1.5, PH 7.1) in the middle of New Hampshire. The state is made entirely of rock (Granite, you know that, right?) with the inspiring -- and yet absurd given these hardy souls are fused to their local governments -- state motto Live Free or Die, which appears on EVERY New Hampshire license plate. On one occasion the state motto took on a passionate relevance when buzzing RR 11 at a frenetic clip trying to make the lobster pound by 6; pot-to-dock-to-plate-by-7:00 pm lobster can do that to a person.
On the political side,
The Union Leader did offer some section one coverage of the National Governors Association conference, and one AP story even included a too big head shot of our own Governor Vilsack. I assume the paper assumes that they expect to see a lot of him in
The really interesting reading was the Boston Globe's coverage of Mitt Romney's purported dissembling on the abortion issue.
Clarity sought on Romney's abortion stance
Groups perceive muddled message
Advocates on both sides of the abortion debate say they are confused over Governor Mitt Romney's position on abortion and are seeking to understand the meaning of recent comments he has made, in light of the positions he outlined during the 2002 gubernatorial campaign.
When he ran for US Senate in liberal-leaning
in 1994, Romney said abortion should be ''safe and legal." As a candidate for governor in 2002, he said he would keep the state's abortion rights laws intact and has since said that he kept that promise. But this year, as he began preparing a potential run for president, Romney said he is ''in a different place" than he was when he first ran for office in 1994 and has stressed that he is ''personally prolife." Massachusetts
Romney was asked repeatedly by the Globe last week to elaborate on his abortion stance, and he refused. ''I think I've said it a few hundred times through my campaign the same thing I'll say today, which is that I personally do not favor abortion. But as governor of
, I will keep the laws as they exist," Romney said Wednesday. Massachusetts
We now know he's a pro-life candidate, but in order to win in
The pro-life types in
This bit of Boston Theater has everything to do with Mitt Romney's future, but it's also a sucker punch to the Massachusetts GOP, as