Tuesday, August 02, 2005

More On Mitt

Pam Belluck of the NY Times has a pretty good profile of one of the more intriguing 2008 possibilities, Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney:
Gov. Mitt Romney says he will decide in the next few months whether to run for the Republican presidential nomination. And if he does, his resume will carry him a long way. He is the high-profile governor of a prominent state. He has a background as a turnaround specialist in the business world and as the savior of the scandal-plagued 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. He is telegenic and articulate, and he is wealthy.
Well, Romney will run, it's safe to say at this point; consider his quite noticable shift to the right:
Mr. Romney vetoed a...morning-after bill, but he went much further than [New York Governor George] Pataki, who supports abortion rights. Mr. Romney labeled the morning-after drug an "abortion pill" - not just emergency contraception, as the Food and Drug Administration calls it - and wrote an opinion article for The Boston Globe saying that he did not believe that abortion should be legal.

Mr. Romney, who in the past had said that abortion should be "safe and legal" and that he supported the "substance" of the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, wrote in the article that his views on abortion had "evolved and deepened."
Of course, some folks are never satisfied:
Although some conservatives welcomed Mr. Romney's actions last week, others were skeptical.

"Most pro-life voters aren't looking for 'evolving' views among candidates," Carrie Gordon Earll, senior policy analyst for bioethics for Focus on the Family, wrote in an e-mail message. "They're hungry for principled positions based on immovable morals - something that doesn't come from a veto and an op-ed."
I'm with Earll on this one, but others feel differently.

Instead of taking the pure conservative position of opposing all embryonic stem cell research, Mr. Romney, whose state is full of leading scientists, has said he supports using embryos if they are leftovers from fertility clinics, but not if they were created solely for research.

That is, of course, the Frist position...

What's the best thing about this article? One noticable omission - did you spot it (or rather, fail to)?...