Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is basically re-inventing himself as he goes along—remember, only recently he was a pro-gay rights, Massachusetts liberal who votes Democratic—and he gets a free pass from editors and conservative talk shows hosts who are more impressed with his looks.
From the February 26 edition of Newsweek, an article by Jonathan Darman and Evan Thomas:
There is something a little too good to be true about Mitt Romney. The former governor of Massachusetts and candidate for the Republican presidential nomination is so buff and handsome in late middle age that when a brochure from a recent campaign showed him standing, bare-chested, on a swimming float, he was accused of sexually pandering to women voters.
Hmm. Not too sure about Romney "sexually pandering to women voters", but his recent changes of heart on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and abortion might be considered "pandering" to conservative voters.
Moving along. Media Matters documents more gushing by MSNBC's Chris Matthews. Taking a momentary break from heaping praise on Rudy Giuliani, the right-leaning host of Hardball heaps compliments on the former Massachusetts governor:
MATTHEWS: What do you think of him as an opponent? We're looking at him right now. He has the perfect chin, the perfect hair, he looks right. He looks like a Mountie. He looks like from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Can that guy capture the hearts of the American people?
Well, Chris, it's obvious that Romney has captured at least one person's heart.
Some Background ...Matthews on Giuliani: The Country "Wants a Little Bit of Fascism" (Rod 2.0) Matthews on Hillary: "How Many Times is She Going to Be Confused by Men?" (Rod 2.0) Matthews is Obsessed with Hillary's Sex Life (Rod 2.0) Romney's Latest Flip-Flop: Gays in the Military (Rod 2.0) Will the Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up? (Rod 2.0) One Question for Mitt Romney (Rod 2.0) Marriage Ban Advances In Massachusetts (Rod 2.0) Romney Voted for Dem Paul Tsongas In 1992 (Rod 2.0) Romney Defends Flip-Flopping (Rod 2.0) Mass. Court Will Hear Romney's Case (Rod 2.0) For Gay Rights Before He Was Against It (Rod 2.0)