Friday, November 11, 2005

Mittwit And The KKK

Boston Globe:

Romney also took heat yesterday when he did not swiftly disavow the remarks
of Federalist Society member Gerald Walpin, who introduced Romney by praising
him for fighting against what he called the ''modern-day KKK . . . the
Kennedy-Kerry Klan."

''Today, when most of the country thinks of who controls Massachusetts,
I think the modern-day KKK comes to mind, the Kennedy-Kerry Klan," Walpin, who
sits on the society's board of visitors, said to hearty laughter. ''One person
who has been victorious against that tide in Massachusetts is Massachusetts
Governor Mitt Romney."

Romney, along with members of the audience, laughed at the joke
and later thanked Walpin for the ''very generous introduction."
later in the day, as Democrats got wind of Walpin's remark and began circulating
it, Romney distanced himself from the joke and said it was wrong.

''I agree with the critics," Romney said in an interview with the Globe
after a meeting on renewable energy with Gale A. Norton, the US secretary of the
interior. ''It is ill-advised and inappropriate to raise the KKK even in a joke,
and I think it was unfortunate."
Asked to respond to criticism from Democrats
that he should have condemned the remark from the podium, Romney said, ''You
know . . . I was trying to figure out what I was going to say" in the

Other sources say he said he wasn't really paying attention. So what else is new? He hasn't been paying attention to Massachusetts for 2 years now.


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