Monday, April 02, 2007

De-Romnefying Massachusetts

Today's quote of the day comes from former Governor Mitt Romney's communications director, Eric Fehrnstrom on the news that current Governor Deval Patrick is going to allow 26 out-of-state same-sex marriages to be entered into the state's vital records.

"Now that Governor Romney is out of office, we are seeing an erosion of the previously strong defense of traditional marriage coming out of the executive branch."
And thank goodness for that.

This move comes after Governor Patrick reversed two other Romney era policies, first reversing Romney's restrictions on stem cell research, and then giving the go-ahead to Cape Wind. Part of me wonders whether Patrick would have kept more of the goodwill he earned shortly after the election if these decisions had been made in January. Massachusetts voters wanted a change of course and the media wanted something to talk about. Perhaps if the media narrative would have been about undoing Romney's legacy and not about drapes and cars and helicopters.