No, not Bill Weld, silly. Mitt Romney, who, you may recall, sold his Belmont house awhile back.
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That darn tax-and-spender! Lance explains how the court case that started it all was launched in 2003 by the Romney administration's Revenue Department - not by Deval Patrick:
... [T]he next time Mitt Romney runs for president, he should be asked over and over again from Keene to Laconia why he wanted to impose a Massachusetts sales tax on New Hampshire businesses.
Aw, our own Mittster is already running for president again.
The Outraged Liberal ponders Romney taking a different tack in 2012 to outflank hard righters like Palin and Huckabee:
... Could we be witnessing yet another metamorphosis, with Romney blooming as new (pretty) face and voice of the "pragmatic" wing that is expected to emerge? ...
Jay Fitzgerald doesn't doubt it for a second:
... Of course there'll be another metamorphosis -- and another and another. When Mitt finally develops a consistent message, we'll know he's not running anymore.
Oh, no, Romneyoids couldn't possibly be behind all those nasty Palin stories. Romney and his minions would NEVER stoop so low. Just ask Jane Swift.
But maybe it doesn't matter. Seth Gitell quotes a top Romney aide as saying he doubts Romney will run in 2012. And we know Romney's word about not running is his bond. Just ask Jane Swift.
Does anyone really think Mitt Romney won't run in 2012?
Mitt's spokesman, Eric Fehrnstrom, says Mitt isn't thinking about 2012 and he is giving 110% to McCain/Palin.
McCain didn't pick Romney - good!
At first I thought he was clever to pick a women- all the Hillary women who are picking McCain would be happy about that. Then I read her bio:
governor for 2 years
mother of a 2-year old with Downs Syndrome
former beauty pagent contestant
got her start in politics by whistleblowing
Talk about no experience. What if McCain is elected and dies? Would the conservatives really like this woman?
In addition to attack dog, a purpose Romney is filling as we speak, the top contender must also be uncertain about how many houses he owns.
Republicans have governed the country with a willful disregard for the issues facing the middle class. There is nothing about the Republican ticket in 2008 that would make one believe they have any intention of changing.
We should all write questions for Romney - we know him best!
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Michael Prager reports:
... [T]his morning, for the second time in a couple of months, I ran into him in the market. The other time, I was with Georgie but he was alone, cruising the produce section of the Shaw's Market in Belmont. This time, I was alone but he was with his wife, Ann, when we met up at adjacent cash registers at Wilson Farms. ...
The Real Estalker takes us on a virtual tour of Mitt Romney's new pied-a-mer on the beach in La Jolla, Ca.:
... It goes without saying all those hideous chairs and the beige rugs will be hauled out to the dumpster and Your Mama suggests that the Romney's spend a few hundred thousand doing over the kitchens and bathrooms in a style befitting someone of their financial stature. We hope the couple will bring in a local landscaper who knows a thing or two about indigenous vegetation and do something about the paltry and pathetic landscaping on the ocean side of the house that gives the rear facade the vague visage of an upscale mobile home. Your Mama would also consider opening up the ceilings to gain some volume, particularly in the living and dining rooms. This is a single story house and there's really no need to feel smashed down by vast planes of just slightly too low ceilings. ...
Spotted by Margalit.
He sets up another North End PAC to run for president in 2012 on the assumption McCain will lose, Boston Daily reports.
Enough to do a story on his thoughts on the California same-sex marriage ruling.
Harry catches the Globe getting the name of our former presidential candidate wrong.
Mitt Romney to sub for Paul Harvey today. So lock it in for WEIM 1280 out of Fitchburg. What? Can't get WEIM? Click on the link and scroll down a wee bit for the Tubes version of today's broadcast.
John Ellis compiles a Romney Campaign Mistake List - which includes the Mittster's you'll-still-have-me-to-kick-around speech yesterday:
... Having mismanaged their candidate to political defeat, the Romney team added insult to injury by spinning his departure as reminiscent of Ronald Reagan’s defeat in 1976. This is preposterous. Reagan electrified the conservative movement in 1964 with his televised address on behalf of Barry Goldwater. Reagan came within one endorsement -- Strom Thurmond's -- of wresting away the Republican nomination from Richard Nixon in 1968. And when he arrived in Kansas City in the summer of 1976, he had carried any number of critical states by majority votes (and in some cases, by wide margins) in Republican primary elections. Reagan left the stage as a force because he was a force. Romney leaves the stage having carried Michigan and Massachusetts and a number of caucus states. ...
Via Jay Fitzgerald, who has a much shorter list:
... At what point do you stop blaming the consultants and blame the candidate who so casually brushed aside integrity and honesty? Mitt lost because Mitt's character allowed him to be multiple Mitts.
Speaking of the speech, Mike Ball dissects it. David Bernstein takes a few whacks at the speech as well.
For the good of the country, of course.
Two Cambridge men pleaded innocent today to charges they broke into Mitt Romney's national campaign headquarters and tried to make off with an iMac computer.
Daniel J. Bradley, 28, and Michael J. Sauer, 30, both of Cambridge, are charged with breaking and entering at night with the intent to commit a felony and possession of burglarious instruments.
Sauer is also charged with possession of an open container of alcohol for the two open bottles of Bud that allegedly spilled out of the duo's car when they were arrested early this morning in the parking lot at 585 Commercial St.
Suffolk County DA Dan Conley said in a statement:
Daniel J. Bradley, 28, and Michael J. Sauer, 30, both of Cambridge, were arrested around 1 a.m. at Romney's national headquarters at 585 Commercial St. in the North End and will be arraigned today in Boston Municipal Court, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.
Channel 5 reports the duo were arrested in the parking lot with a computer taken from the office, and that Bradley has a long police record.
This was at least the second time the place has been broken into, the Herald reports, adding:
The political party affiliation of the two men could not be determined by the Herald this morning.