What a long, strange journey it has been for Massachusetts and Mitt Romney.
Romney made his fortune here. Then he launched the political career that took him where he is today — about to be anointed in Tampa as the Republican presidential nominee. To get to the point of acceptance in a party pitched sharply to the right, he renounced much of what he said he stood for when he first ran for office.
He shed his Bay State political garments with the guilt-free ease of a practiced stripper. It wasn’t gut-wrenching. It was strictly business.
Because of that, there’s a bitterness to his legacy in a state that has an outsized sense of its own importance and a no-compromise commitment to litmus-test liberal politics.
Massachusetts was a means to an end for Romney. For other Bay State pols, Massachusetts is an end in itself — even for those with eyes on the same prize as Romney. John Kerry lost his presidential bid, and eight years later, he’s still in the Senate, hosting hearings for Gloucester fishermen.
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