When I first heard about the Boston 'Big Dig' tunnel collapse, one of my first thoughts was: tomorrow evening on the news... Mitt Romney wearing a hard hat. Well, it took longer than I thought, but it did happen. The Governor of Massachusetts, and a probable Presidential candidate, knows a good photo op when he sees one. Don't get me wrong... he should be there inspecting the scene first hand, and he should wear a hard hat in the work zone, but that doesn't change the fact that it's a great photo op. The orange vest is a nice touch. A heavy equipment driver might have missed seeing him otherwise, what with all the distractions provided by the lights, the cameras, the reporters, the entourage... I wonder if he was wearing work boots?
And, I love this quote from Romney, which appears in an article posted on the Boston CBC affiliate's site:
And they're not going to be open until I don't have to cross my fingers, and at this stage, you just have to cross your fingers that they don't come down. The people who are working in the tunnel are wearing hard hats for a reason.
Note to Gov: a hard hat won't protect you if a 3 ton slab of concrete falls on your head. The people who are working in the tunnel are wearing hard hats in case a little bit of concrete chips off and falls, or a steel bolt fractures and goes flying as a result of the stress testing and repair work that is being done.
And if it was that dangerous, why was the media allowed in to capture the moment? Hmmmm....
1. Dave Cohen07/20/2006 07:25:42 AM
This is classic Mitt, the smiling moron (whoops mormon).
He's handsome; he's sexy; he's attractive; and the Republican party will make a huge mistake if they nominate him.
2. Carl07/20/2006 09:21:34 AM
Can a Mormon become president? Seriously, is there any chance?
I have to wonder, if the slab hadn't killed anyone, would the TPA have even closed the tunnel for more than a day?
3. Tim Brown07/20/2006 09:27:01 AM
@1 - so, who should the Republicans nominate?
@2 (a) - Who knows? Can a conservative, (Mormon) become governor of the bluest of blue states? Apparently.
4. Rob McDonagh07/20/2006 01:34:06 PM
@3 Liberals are more tolerant of different religions than conservatives. And Massachusetts has had a Republican governor for the past 12 years - Mitt is the norm, not the oddity. A better question would be, can a non-Christian cultist (that's what born-agains consider Mormons) be elected governor of an extremely conservative red state?
If Mitt wins the GOP nomination, he has a chance. His faith isn't a problem with (most) liberals or (most) moderates, just the far-right wing of the GOP - the same people who dominate the primaries.
5. Rob McDonagh07/20/2006 03:28:00 PM
I should probably clarify that comment (4) where I say that Mitt has a chance if nominated. I'm not saying I'll vote for him. No how, no way. He's presentable, charming, well-spoken, and absolutely useless in an executive government position. He's accomplished nothing in MA, and despite the fact that he'll blame the legislature (Dems, by far) previous Republican governors have been reasonably productive. Mitt flew back into MA to take on the Big Dig fiasco, but if that tile hadn't killed someone he'd have stayed away like he has for most of his term.
Come to think of it, the GOP seems to like executives who spend a lot of time on vacation, so maybe they *will* nominate Mitt...
6. Tim Brown07/20/2006 03:28:36 PM
@Rob - fair enough, but I've seen quite more than one analysis that says just the opposite: A lot of evangelicals christians would potentially weigh their political similarities with Romney over their theological differences and that liberals would have the biggest problem with the "mormon factor" b/c they (LDS in general, and Romney in particular) are so convervative.
Who knows? I don't yet see a viable front-runner in either party.
@Rich - Sorry - tangent. You're right - original photo opp is goofy politics.
7. Rob McDonagh07/20/2006 04:08:49 PM
@Tim: You wanted a viable front-runner?!? Oh, well, that's a whole lot trickier. I keep thinking that one of these days I'll find a candidate I actually like, as opposed to one I can sort of put up with. But I'm not holding my breath. *chuckle*