By Jeff Fish
Romney only gets one dope-slap for cavorting with Donald Trump, but John Kerry and Colin Powell get a joint high-five for criticizing Romneyís abysmal foreign policy rhetoric. Also, Deval Patrick gets a high-five for painting a truthful and surprisingly balanced picture of Bain Capital.
High-Five: Menino thinks highly of Brown, but says enough is enough with the minority controversy. Mayor Menino has made headlines recently by not making headlines. He hasnít endorsed anyone for the Senate race, most likely because he likes Scott Brown, but will not endorse a Republican, ever. He prefers to remain mum. But that hasnít stopped him from criticizing Brown for his incessant hammering on the Warren/Native American issue.
ďI think she has come clean but nobody has let her off the hook,Ē Menino told the Boston Globe. ďItís not relevant at all in the campaign. Letís talk about the real issues... This is one of the issues that you [use to] try to divert as a candidate because you canít deal with the real issues.Ē Thank you, Mayor. Youíre absolutely right.
After disseminating all the information, I do think that Harvard may have been in the wrong. Legally, there is no paperwork to prove Warren is part Cherokee, so Harvard shouldnít have used her to try to boost their minority credentials. But that doesnít mean Warren is lying about her heritage. Iím ⅛ Cherokee, much more than Warrenís 1/32, and Iím pretty sure my family and many others are not listed on the Dawes Rolls. But we grew up learning about our heritage and itís something to be proud of. Iíve never listed myself as a Native American, but Iíve considered it. Warren said she wanted to find people like her and it didnít work. Oh, well. Time to move on from this non-issue.
Dope Slap: Shame on Romney for giving Trump political legitimacy. I hate Donald Trump. Republican politics have turned into a three-ring circus this election cycle and Trump is yet another sideshow freak. I guess I donít blame Romney for tapping into the Donaldís vast resources, but to actually appear in public with him is to legitimize him as a political force -- the same man who continues to assert that Obama was born in Kenya and who hosts a reality show, one of the lowest forms of culture in our society.
Jon Huntsman and Ron Paul had it right when they refused to partake in a Newsmax debate moderated by Trump in January, which was ultimately canceled. Romney eventually backed out Ė†a week later, really showcasing that leadership. The fact that Romney ever intended on going and didnít immediately balk at the idea is a troubling sign that he is content with the way our system currently operates. Trump has helped make a mockery of our political system and Romney appearing with him only furthers that stigma.
High-Five: John Kerry and Colin Powell hit Romney hard on foreign policy. Russia is ďwithout question our number one geo-political foe.Ē No, this is not a quote from the 1980s. Itís quote from from the man currently running to unseat Barack Obama from the presidency. And Iím giving John Kerry a high-five for pointing out how ďbreathtakingly off-target,Ē and naive this statement is on Bloomberg TVís ďPolitical Capital with Al Hunt,Ē according to the Globe. Colin Powell echoed those statements in an interview with MSNBC.
This is a prime example of just how much Romney lacks in foreign policy experience. Itís typical for Republicans to take hard-line stances to sound tough, while ignoring the deep complexities routed in international diplomacy. But this quote is extreme, to say the least. I still get the feeling a President Romney would be more moderate than candidate Romney, but itís hard to say because we really donít where his values lie on any issue.
High-Five: Patrick hits the nail on the head for Bain Capital. There has been a lot of criticism of Mitt Romney and his private equity firm, Bain Capital Ė some warranted and some unfair. Deval Patrick had it right when he said: ďI get that some people just think the whole idea of private equity is bad and doesnít contribute. Iím just saying Iím not one of those people. But I do think that it is fair to ask whether a person who represents himself as having a record of creating jobs has actually done so, and weíve seen a number of examples made public recently of that not actually happening,Ē in an interview with CNNís John King, according to the Boston Herald.
Iíve been looking for a good, succinct statement about Romney and his involvement with the company. Itís true that there are those that oppose the very premise of the company, but it does serve a purpose in the economy and has saved businesses from failure. It just so happens that saving companies from bankruptcy usually requires streamlining, including layoffs. Itís an unfortunate side-effect of the ebb and flow of the economy. He could definitely say that heís saved jobs by saving companies from bankruptcy, but whether he actually created a significant number of new jobs, or any at all, is iffy.
About Jeff†-- I'm a senior at Suffolk University, majoring in journalism and political science. I'm the editor-in-chief of my college newspaper,†The Suffolk Journal, and I did a six-month co-op at†The Boston Globe. I love politics, reading, movies, TV, and anything pop culture. My mind is a font of useless knowledge.
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