This is Mitt Romney’s take, with some commentary:
[quote]“For decades, the Washington sun has been rising in the East - Washington has been looking to the eastern elites, to the editorial pages of the Times and the Post, and to the broadcasters from the coast,” Mitt Romney said Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention. “If America really wants change, it’s time to look for the sun in the west, cause it’s about to rise and shine from Arizona and Alaska!”
This would Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, as Eastern a state as they come, cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School.
He flung the “L word,” that would be liberal as an invective.
He painted a picture of fear, of a nation besieged by liberal influences including, if you believe it, the Supreme Court.
What Washington is Mitt Romney talking about here?
"But let me ask you, what do you think Washington is right now, liberal or conservative? Is a Supreme Court liberal or conservative that awards Guantanamo terrorists with constitution rights? It’s liberal! Is a government liberal or conservative that puts the interests of the teachers union ahead of the needs of our children? It’s liberal!
"Is a Congress liberal or conservative that stops nuclear power plants and off-shore drilling, making us more and more dependent on Middle East tyrants? – It’s liberal!
"Is government spending - excluding inflation - liberal or conservative if it doubles since 1980? – It’s liberal!
“We need change all right, change from a liberal Washington to a conservative Washington! We have a prescription for every American who wants change in Washington, throw out the big government liberals and elect John McCain!”
This goes down as the wiftiest convention speech of recent memory, a staunch Republican painting George Bush’s Washington and the John Roberts-Sam Alito-Antonin Scalia court as liberal.
Now, former presidential candidate and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckbee is attacking the “elite,” something the wealthy Romney is in no postition to do.[/quote]
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Truly bizarre for the Republicans who have dominated US politics in recent years (including the Presidency for the last 8 years, and 20 of the last 28 years) to be talking about this “liberal elite” that apparently controls Washington. Romney mentions government spending has doubled since 1980 as evidence of a liberal Washington! Were Reagan, Bush senior, and Bush junior also a part of this “liberal elite” then?
And for a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, a multimillionaire businessman, and former Governor of Massachusetts to talk about a US “elite” that he is somehow outside of is no less bizarre. The only thing I don’t understand is how he was ever elected as Governor of such a liberal state, given his apparent disdain for liberals.