“A different Romney shows up to party at his expense, smiling, unruffled, with Obama on his hip until time runs out.
“The right of center Romney?” I asked.
“Forget the right and left business,” Freddy said. “The practical dealer Romney who had no real trouble getting along with the Massachusetts House and Senate when he was governor to get his health care bill passed,” Freddy said. “The politically seasoned Romney who catches Obama off beat Wednesday night.”
“One night does not a winner make,” I said., “Obama still owns the bully pulpit of the presidency, and he’ll retool his race fast.”
“But he’s dealing with a Washington that’s torn apart with both sides are to blame,” Freddy said.
“He surprised everybody Wednesday night when he agreed with Romney on a couple of issues.
“He’s no dummy. He sees what Romney sees. Congress is a basket case, and he has to deal with all of it and not just his party because he is the president of the United States.”
“That’s what Romney’s getting credit for doing as a challenger on Wednesday night,” I said. “What he really did as the first step — he takes charge of his party, and that’s what Obama has to do as well.”
“Neither one of them is going to have a picnic as president as long as Congress is at stalemate. They need to find common ground — that means cool heads from both parties finding ways to do what needs doing. America is in crisis — the cause is from within, and it has to start with leaders of both parties to get their hard liners to ease up for the good of the whole.”
Bill Plante is a Newbury resident and a staff columnist.