Then Canellos reaches his “but paragraph”. I call it the “but paragraph” because this is the paragraph in a Globe story where conservative points of view (which have been stated in the interest of fairness) are dismissed, and the modulated voice of liberal reason ends the conversation. Canellos ends his column this way, and I find his “but paragraph” to be weak and inaccurate. Here it is:
But Romney, in preparing for his presidential campaign, made moves as governor that often appeared bloodless and cynical -- vetoing spending programs while knowing his successor will restore them; ordering police to round up illegal immigrants at just the moment that immigration becomes a big national issue; denying protection to a visiting Iranian politician to demonstrate toughness on Iran.
These moves may get him closer to the Republican nomination, but whether they reflect deep principles or merely a venture capitalist's professional sense of what's required to achieve his goal is already the defining question of the Romney campaign.
First, “vetoing spending programs while knowing his successor will restore them”.
What Romney did was not a veto. Rather, Romney exercised a
Romney hit the ball into Patrick’s court and very clearly differentiated himself, with help from Patrick. I would call that a fine political ploy. The precedent of using emergency powers is not a good one, but otherwise, this move effectively illustrated a difference between the major political parties. That’s how a skilled politician communicates.
Second, “ordering police to round up illegal immigrants at just the moment that immigration becomes a big national issue”. Again, Canellos’ claim is inaccurate. The program in question was an agreement between the Commonwealth and the Federal INS which would allow a very small number of
Third, denying protection to a visiting Iranian politician to demonstrate toughness on
These three moves were certainly political ploys, but they were pointed and well executed ploys. Far more pointed and well executed than the shabby analysis of them that Canellos scribbles in today’s Globe.