One of two things must be happening at The Boston Globe:
- It must really be gnawing at the editorial writers at The Globe that the GOP has controlled the governor's mansion in Massachusetts, nearly the bluest of all blue states, for over a decade, and they just couldn't take it any more.
- The Editorial Board has raised the standards of conduct for presidential aspirants to dizzying heights.
OUR NEW YEAR'S wish: a governor who wouldn't rather be elsewhere. By thumbing his nose at Massachusetts after less than three-quarters of one term as its chief executive, Mitt Romney, yesterday surrendered his clout and squandered his legitimacy. If, as it appears, his heart and mind are no longer in Massachusetts, he should resign. Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey is inexperienced. But the state would be far better off in the hands of someone focused on state problems, rather than someone touring the country ridiculing the people he was elected to serve.Keep in mind that Mr. Romney has not declared that he will run for president, has not even formed an exploratory committee, and that it is 2 years before the Iowa caucuses and the early primaries. The Globe's 2005 standards for continuing in the Governor's Mansion now include a total lack of presidential ambitions. This has to a new standard at The Globe, as they failed to demand the resignations of at least these past governors:
- Democrat Michael Dukakis, who stayed on as Massachusetts governor during and after his unsuccessful 1984 presidential campaign.
- Democrat Bill Clinton, who stayed on as Arkansas Governor during his successful 1992 presidential run.
- Then-Texas GOP Governor George W. Bush, who stayed in office until he won in 2000.
- 2004 Presidential candidate John Kerry.
- 2004 Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards.
- 2004 Democrat aspirants Bob Graham, Joe Lieberman, Dennis Kucinich, and Richard Gephardt.
- 2000 GOP candidate John McCain.
- The Globe will of course demand that Hillary Clinton not run for reelection as senator from New York unless she renounces any presidential ambitions. Failing that, they will surely demand that she resign as soon as she forms an exploratory committee.
- The Globe will require the resignation of Senator John McCain, and any other senator or congressperson from either side of the aisle, once they indicate that they are setting their sights on, or even a furtive glance at, The White House.
I'll be watching The Globe to ensure that they continue to insist on their new standard. Wait. It couldn't be that The Editorial Board is merely taking gratuitous shots at Mitt Romney, could it?
(Cross-posted at BizzyBlog.com)