Check out this NYO piece…Mitt was such a disappointment. This part about Commonwealth Secretary (or whatever his position was) Foy is particularly true:
In less ideologically charged policy areas, Mr. Romney has systematically sacrificed his reformer credentials to national political expediency.
Take the case of Douglas Foy, a former president of the Conservation Law Foundation. Mr. Romney, upon winning the governorship in 2002, deputized Mr. Foy to develop an environmentally friendly “smart growth” blueprint for the commonwealth.
It seemed a perfect illustration of why the state’s independent suburbanites had flocked to Mr. Romney: A machine Democrat would have made a patronage pick, while a right-winger would have sought out a James Inhofe clone.
Mr. Foy didn’t disappoint, promptly teaming with counterparts throughout the Northeast to create the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a miniature Kyoto Accord aimed at stemming carbon-dioxide emissions.
Then Mr. Romney made up his mind to go national-and suddenly, Mr. Foy’s work reeked of Al Gore-ism. So the governor, unlike his five fellow governors, refused to sign onto the agreement and pushed Mr. Foy out.
But that’s Willard Romney: He could have been an exceptional, ideologically independent governor, just as he could have been the real-deal conservative he now appears to be. It’s just a pity that he didn’t pick one face and stick with it.