The former MA Gov. must feel he is in a really bad position for the 2012 repub nomination if he thinks he needs to take shots himself at his Alaskan rival this early. As part of an attempt to land a backhanded attack against Sarah Palin, former Gov. Willard Mitt Romney went on Jay Leno and told one of his biggest whoppers yet: that he loved being Governor of MA and couldn’t imagine quitting on a job like that. HA! From the Boston Herald:
“It’s hard to imagine the circumstance where I would quit. I loved the job,” said Romney when asked about Palin’s early departure. But he added, “If someone is looking for me to say something negative about Sarah Palin, why, that’s not going to come from me. I mean, did you see what she did to the halibut the other night on her show? I mean, I am not in for that.”
The truth is Romney doesn’t need to imagine anything, he can just remember what actually happened. After getting crushed in the 2004 State Legislative election, Romney quit on the Commonwealth and dedicated himself to running for President. Does anyone who was living here even doubt the fact that Romney checked out for most of the second half of his one term? It’s certainly justifiable to criticize Palin for resigning, but that was (at least) a a far more honest form of quitting on a job than what Romney did. Who can forget our governor traveling all over the country bashing MA, whining to any repub group that would listen how he felt like a cattle rancher at a vegetarian jamboree (or something)? However, that feeling of alienation from those surrounding him may prove good practice for Romney when he campaigns soon as a chameleon Mormon, and co-creator of the evil (R)ObamaCare, among evangelical and true-believer republicans.
Finally…Willard, you might not want to make too many jokes about Sarah Palin pummeling your hide as you flop around helplessly on the floor, desperately trying to get into any position that will save your slippery skin. You don’t want to put negative images of yourself into anybody’s head and it is the kind of thing that could actually come true, electorally speaking of course.