, Newburyport, MA


November 17, 2012

Foot in mouth disease afflicts Romney, again


“His problem is he’s politically deaf. That’s suicide for a politician. He’s a very smart, decent man who wants to solve the messes we’re in. His heart’s in the right place, and, who knows, he might even have been able to do it, but shooting yourself in your foot is not the way to get there.”

“Getting out of this mess is up to Obama now,” I said.

“Give him credit for not quitting, but it’s going to take more than the President,” Freddy said.

“We’ve faced the worse of times way back when, you and me and we’re not there yet. But he’s going to have to find ways to get both parties to come together, and he hasn’t had much luck so far with that, even over health care. He got no support at all from the Republicans and some states are opting out. Democrats had a tough time ramming it through because Republicans wanted no part of it.’’

“There’s irony there,” I said. “Romney didn’t have to ram it through in Massachusetts.”

“Because Democrats wanted it, and what Republicans there were at the State House supported it,” Freddy said.

“But Romney’s against the federal program,” I said.

“Because he sees it the way a lot of states see it - overloaded with one size fits all,” Freddy said.

“There’s talk about maybe Obama reaching out to Romney to help with it,” I said.

“Which he might just do because, at heart, he’s a good man who wants to do what he can to help,” Freddy said. “But it’s his foot in mouth disease that gets in the way so he should shut up already and let the dust settle because there’s too much of it already.”

Bill Plante is a Newbury resident and a staff columnist.

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