I have no problem with people attacking Mitt Romney for inconsistencies, policy shifts, opportunism, lack of credibility, and the rest. On the abortion issue alone, there is plenty of ammunition. But this particular story is just dumb, the self-righteousness of the anti-Romney Boston Phoenix aside.
At the very worst, Mitt Romney embellished his own recollection of his father’s strong civil rights record, which is hardly worse than the Rudy Giuliani time at Ground Zero controversy. George Romney marched in support of Martin Luther King, met with King and other civil rights leaders, and was a strong proponent of equal rights for black Americans. Given that there are many more promising lines of attack against Mitt Romney’s credibility and trustworthiness, there is no reason to focus on one where his father’s legacy can easily wind up as collateral damage.
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