Romney Not Bipartisan

Romney - No We Can't - NopeDo you remember the first debate where Romney hammered Obama about not reaching across the isle and creating bipartisan consensus? If you are like me, you were angry because working with Democrats in Massachusetts is a hell of lot easier than working with Republicans who have publicly stated that they won’t work with you because they want to make you look bad.

As a result of this, you probably didn’t give Mitt Romney’s claim much thought. I didn’t. And I should have.

Just after the last debate, Michael Wines wrote an excellent news item that looks at this question: Romney Claims of Bipartisanship as Governor Face Challenge. You should read the whole thing, but here is the heart of the matter:

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.

So even Pretend Moderate Mitt is a lie. He was never the guy to reach across the isle. He is an ideologue and always has been.

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