Romney "Must Be Stopped"
Concord Monitor editorial board has leveled an extraordinary broadside against Mitt Romney, declaring in an editorial to be published in Sunday's paper that the former Massachusetts governor "must be stopped" in his quest for the Republican presidential nomination.
"If you followed only his tenure as governor of Massachusetts, you might imagine Romney as a pragmatic moderate with liberal positions on numerous social issues and an ability to work well with Democrats. If you followed only his campaign for president, you'd swear he was a red-meat conservative, pandering to the religious right, whatever the cost. Pay attention to both, and you're left to wonder if there's anything at all at his core."
This characterization is actually pretty amazing:
"When New Hampshire partisans are asked to defend the state's first-in-the-nation primary, we talk about our ability to see the candidates up close, ask tough questions and see through the baloney. If a candidate is a phony, we assure ourselves and the rest of the world, we'll know it.
Mitt Romney is such a candidate. New Hampshire Republicans and independents must vote no."
A pretty accurate read if you ask me, the guy just oozes slick and has the air of insincerity. It's actually quite interesting watching a supposed moderate run so far to the right that he brushes by Pat Buchanan on the political spectrum. In another sign that Romney might be getting desperate, the bloom coming off the rose, he is taking direct aim at McCain in his speeches, much like he did with Huckabee in Iowa, when the threat materialized.