Welcome to pro-Equality NJ, Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney’s in New Jersey, at the Parsippany Hilton, getting his picture snapped with the big dogs (maxed at $2,500/primary), shaking hands with the GOP hoi polloi forking over their $500 bucks, and sharing a stage in Jersey with his #1 BFF and a stronger player in his campaign even than he is, Chris Christie.

Mitt: You should know New Jersey’s a pro-equality state. Voters here – yeah, Mitt, even a lot of Republicans – want the rights of gay people’s unions to be respected by our laws. That’s where we are, even if some of our legislators aren’t there with us yet.

Bob Garon, Mitt Romney I tell you this, Mittster, because this morning you had an encounter in a diner in Manchester, New Hampshire, with an older guy in a flannel shirt and Vietnam Veteran ballcap. And Mitt, you didn’t come off too well there, buddy.

Boston Globe tells it. The flannel fella was Bob Garon. He asked you if you want to repeal New Hampshire’s same-sex marriage law. Here’s how that went (you’re in bold):

You said yes:  “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. That’s my view.”

Bet you were surprised the vet was sitting at the table with his husband. Didn’t see that coming? Garon said: “If two men get married, apparently a veteran’s spouse would not be entitled to any burial benefits or medical benefits or anything that the serviceman has devoted his time and effort to his country, and you just don’t support equality in terms of same-sex marriage?”

You said you supprt DOMA. “And we apparently disagree.”

“It’s good to know how you feel,” Garon said. “That you do not believe that everyone is entitled to their constitutional rights.”

Romney: “No, actually, I think at the time the Constitution was written it was pretty clear that marriage is between a man and a woman. And I don’t believe the Supreme Court has changed that.”

Yeah, that was an itchy little moment, wasn’t it, Mitt, ‘specially with all those pesky reporters leaning in. Your aide tried to hustle you out, muttering about getting late to Fox News.

Garon: “Oh, I guess the question was too hot.”

Romney: “No, I gave you the answer.”

“You did,” Garon said. “And I appreciate your answer. And you know, I also learned something and New Hampshire is right. You have to look a man in the eye to get a good answer, and you know what, Governor, good luck.”

“Thank you, appreciate it,” Romney said. “Have a good day to you, sir.”

Garon’s parting words: “You’re going to need it.”

Good luck, Mitt. Pullin’ for ya, little buddy.

p.s. We hear ole’ Newt Gingrich just pledged personal fidelity to his spouse. Right? A little late, considering she’s #3 and he cheated on #2 with her. He’s all talking up DOMA, too. Ironic, yes? But, whatevs. You people are freakin’ hilarious, until I remember this is serious business, Mitt. … Mittster.

Comments (5)

  1. Bertin Lefkovic

    I know that I am still hoping that Michele Bachmann wins the Republican nomination, because in my opinion, she is the only one who I feel completely comfortable calling unelectable.  This has more to do with my lack of faith and trust in the American voter during times as volatile as ours than the field of GOP candidates.

    With regards to the front runners du jour, I am not entirely sure which concept I fear more; Romney as GOP nominee or Gingrich as President.  Either way, I find it very hard to find a sense of humor about any of this.

  2. Rosi Efthim (Post author)

    Well, apparently Chris Christie had to do a lot of cajoling to get people to show up tonight. The oomphless Mitt apparently didn’t get too many butts in seats on his own.

  3. Bertin Lefkovic

    I remember being at the event where most of the Democratic establishment endorsed Howard Dean about a month or so before the 2004 Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary.  The support that they provided was a mile wide and an inch deep as they sent nobody to Iowa and just token representation to New Hampshire.  A week or so after New Hampshire, Ray Lesniak co-hosted a fundraiser for Dean at his home with Jim McGreevey.  When this fundraiser was scheduled prior to Iowa and New Hampshire, they pledged to raise $1 million.  The event actually raised less than $100K.

    The moral of this story is that when it comes to Presidential politics, the Democratic and Republican establishments are all talk and no action.  The only thing that matters to them is the maintenance of their fiefdoms.  Who the President is only concerns them as much as what that person can do for them or how that person makes them look.  It should come as no surprise to anyone that NJ fares as badly as it does with regards to sending more money to Washington than what it gets back, because nobody in the Democratic and Republican establishments takes the federal government seriously and as a result, nobody in the federal government takes New Jersey seriously.

    That said, regardless of what he is trying to get out of all of this for himself, to his credit, Christie has done far more for Romney than McGreevey ever did for Dean.  If Gingrich self-destructs soon enough for Romney to win the nomination and he is able to take advantage of the economy that the Republicans have wrecked to defeat Obama next November, I hope that Christie gets what he deserves in Washington.  He will have earned it and we will be happy to be rid of him, even as our country’s demise takes its next step forward.


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