It’s refreshing and encouraging to hear Mitt Romney’s comments about the Larry Craig situation. Encouraging because Romney comes right out and speaks to and about the reality of this situation without couching or framing his positions; and, refreshing because I can’t recall hearing this sort of direct response to a problematic event — such as is this one — with the efficiency and swift confrontation shown by Romney.
Leadership. It’s good to hear it again.
In his interview on CNBC’s Kudlow & Company (which will air later this afternoon), Mitt Romney had some sharp words for Sen. Larry Craig, who had endorsed the former Massachusetts governor’s presidential campaign and was his Idaho chairman. “Once again, we’ve found people in Washington have not lived up to the level of respect and dignity that we would expect for somebody that gets elected to a position of high influence. Very disappointing. He’s no longer associated with my campaign, as you can imagine… I’m sorry to see that he has fallen short.”
And Romney also included this jab at Bill Clinton as he continued to talk about Craig: “I think it reminds us of Mark Foley and Bill Clinton. I think it reminds us of the fact that people who are elected to public office continue to disappoint, and they somehow think that if they vote the right way on issues of significance or they can speak a good game, that we’ll just forgive and forget. And the truth of the matter is, the most important thing we expect from elected–an elected official is a level of dignity and character that we can point to for our kids and our grandkids, and say, `Hey, someday I hope you grow up and you’re someone like that person.’ And we’ve seen disappointment in the White House, we’ve seen it in the Senate, we’ve seen it in Congress. And frankly, it’s disgusting.”
Jonathan Martin in POLITICO does his wan best to refrain from bashing Romney and writes a relatively level article (“Romney throws Craig under bus“). But the headline needs work. Oh, on second thought, leave it be.