I mentioned that Dick Morris had recently opined that Romney was taking a huge (and unwise) potilical risk in taking over the "Big Dig" (See article here with this comment: “I think he is digging himself into a hole as big as the Big Dig,” said Dick Morris, a former top adviser to President Clinton. “He is now going to be held responsible for every delay, every cost overrun and every construction defect. Some things are best kept at arms length.”) I asked Gov. Romney what he thought of Morris's opinion; the answer he gave was great!
AMES, Iowa -- Nearly three weeks after a ceiling collapse in a Big Dig tunnel killed a Boston woman, Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney yesterday portrayed his stewardship of the crisis as a sign that he is ``willing to take action."Just, for the record, this question was not scripted, or "a plant." I just wanted to know his opinion on the issue and I suspected that he'd give a strong answer. He did not disappoint me!
Romney, in his first significant out-of-state political trip since the July 10 accident, told 200 people at a Republican lunch yesterday that he had stepped in to oversee the beleaguered $14.6 billion project when others would not.
``The best thing for me to do politically is stay away from the Big Dig -- just get as far away from that tar baby as I possibly can," Romney said, answering an audience question about whether his new responsibility for the project's safety carried political risk. ``But I got elected as governor of Massachusetts. It's part of my job to do what I think is the right thing."
He cast himself as willing to tackle a seemingly intractable problem. ``One thing's for sure, I am sure tired of people who just have nothing but talk and are not willing to take action. I'm willing to take action, and that's what I'm going to do," he said to rousing applause.
Over the next couple of days I'll give my commentary on both events (In Ames and in Cedar Rapids) which I attended with friends and family. It was again a great experience to see and speak with Gov. Romney. He seems quite appreciative of the support we, as "Iowans for Romney" are giving to him.
Update 7/31 in the afternoon:
Apparently, "race baiters" are trying to paint Romney as a racist for using the term "tar baby".
A new Iowa Political Blog, RealWorldPolitico, by Kevin Schmidt (who was at the event too) has his take on the comment as well as his own audio file (mp3 link) to the 10 second comment to put it in context.
The comment section in this entry and the preceding one reveal these kind of people for what they are . . . In coordination with The Caucus Cooler, we caught someone from a server in Little Rock, Arkansas who posted under multiple names about how horrible it was for Romney to use the term.
This subject is also being discussed at blog entries of "The Caucus Cooler" and "The Krusty Konservative"