Mitt Romney is Busy, Busy, Busy

He wasn’™t wearing a bathing suit when he visited Alton, NH. He talked to veterans in the town and reaffirmed his support of Bush’™s surge, but didn’™t do his usual in the area near where he summers. His usual is to simply enjoy the summers in New Hampshire, and. . . umm, the [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

He wasn’™t wearing a bathing suit when he visited Alton, NH. He talked to veterans in the town and reaffirmed his support of Bush’™s surge, but didn’™t do his usual in the area near where he summers. His usual is to simply enjoy the summers in New Hampshire, and. . . umm, the talk to the veterans didn’™t go so well. . .

That wasn’™t quite the case Monday, when a Laconia man complained that he hasn’™t been able to get adequate medical care since returning from Iraq in January 2005 because he is neither an active duty soldier nor a veteran.

‘œHis foot has been broken since last July and he can’™t get it fixed,’ said Denis Joyal of Belmont, a friend who spoke on behalf of Army National Guard Sgt. Brian Roy. ‘œNo veteran, no person, deserves to walk around with three tendons holding his foot together for over a year.’

Romney questioned the man’™s status, wondering why the military wouldn’™t help him if he is active duty.

‘œHe’™s in the window,’ Joyal said, before Romney cut him off.

‘œDon’™t give me, ‘™he’™s in the window,’™’ Romney said. ‘œHe’™s either active duty or not.’

Romney said the story illustrated his argument that Washington is broken. But the only solution he offered was urging Roy to contact one of his U.S. senators.

‘œIf you’™ve done everything you can do and nothing does any good, what do you think we should do?’ he said. ‘œAn elected official is probably the best place to go.’

That answer appeared to frustrate Roy and his wife, Darlene, who said she already had contacted numerous state and federal officials.

‘œI keep getting these cards from different people but no one does anything,’ said Darlene Roy.

On Iraq, Romney repeated his support for President Bush’™s plan to send more troops, saying he predicts signs of success by the end of the year.

‘œIf it’™s working well, we’™ll be able to start bringing back our troops because the surge will have worked and established the ability of the government to provide security for themselves,’ he said.

Seems to me Mr. Romney’™s All-American and squeaky clean image took a bit of a hit with his snapping at the veteran, his ‘œcan do’ businesslike image took a bit of a hit with his passing the buck, then he tries to pass himself off as supporting the vets by supporting the failed Bush policies in Iraq. I can find only 24 google news hits that report this ugly performance in front of veterans, but I can find Veterans who have put out a press release on the subject.

And I can find Mitt Romney chatting up Republican Jews, and even find him saying he is not ‘œanti-gay.’ In each case there’™s lots of skepticism, of course. Hey, Ben Affleck is predicting Romney gets the nomination. Affleck was a big supporter of another politician from Massachusetts, and we know how well that worked out.

Thursday, May 31st, 2007 by Richard Blair |

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