"I think the impacts of this are going to be large. We in the Western world may have the money to work our way out of the problem. But what are poor people in Bangladesh going to do?"
Governor Romney in 2004 speaking of the role of Massachusetts and the West in combating climate change.
At this point I’ve come to view Governor Romney almost as a tragic figure—wanting the prize of the presidency so much that he’s willing to bend in increasingly disconcerting and jarring ways; someone willing to say anything about the environment, foreign policy, taxes, or gay marriage in order to get the acceptance of his chosen party; and someone who went from a “no regrets” environmental policy that, as shown in the above quote, went from “If not us, then who? If not now, then when?” to a policy that the only answer is less regulation and more drilling. Which is to say nothing of health care reform. As a business man, I respect and admire him. As a man, I’m left with a lot of questions.
Irrespective of your stance on Obama or the issues, it’s tragic to want the prize so much that you give up your credibility and self in the process.