Those of us squirreled away in that media bubble known as New York don't get a chance to see and hear from Mitt Romney, Massachusetts governor/matinee idol on a regular basis.
So, he definitely got our attention a couple of weeks back on one of the morning shows chatting about the snow in New England. He wasn't just another politician spewing out boilerplate babble between ribbon cuttings.
No, this was a guy who looked like he could, or should, be right on the couch with Katie, spooning out the sound bites smooth as silk in a friendly yet authoritative tone. In fact, it was just enough gravitas that we've come to expect from our network anchormen (Andrew Heyward and Less Moonves, are you listening?).
But the Mittster appears bent on not introducing the film at 11, he wants to appear on it regularly. Last night he was in South Carolina, and not just to get away from the latest storm. Never mind that Romney hasn't said whether he's going to run for the GOP nomination. Everyone thinks he doth protest too much. http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=536&e=4&u=/ap/20050222/ap_on_re_us/gop_romney.
The Boston Globe, perhaps used to this thing already, didn't drum the White House angle to the top of its story, but did note the reliably centrist Romney took a tilt to the right with his rhetoric in Spartanburg. http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2005/02/22/romney_talks_right_on_social_issues_in_sc/.
The righty Boston Herald spent more time parsing Romney's statements opposing gay marriage and an apparent flip-flop on civil unions http://news.bostonherald.com/politics/view.bg?articleid=69748 that could come back to haunt him come New Hampshire.
Still, as the Spartanburg Herald-Journal revealed, however charming Romney may be, he's a long way from home and has a long road to hoe to get some street cred down South.
Indeed, some in the audience gasped when he told them that only 12 percent of Massachusetts voters were registered Republicans.Indeed, some in the audience gasped when he told them that only 12 percent of Massachusetts voters were registered Republicans.