Here's a link to the Register's editorial that came from the brief 20-minute conversation the Register editorial board had with Mitt Romney on Thursday. It's not as easy to judge somebody over the phone as it is face-to-face. When I did that much earlier this year with a question about Iraq based on what he thought was a misrepresentation of his position -- it was a disagreement about facts -- he got quite huffy. In the phone conversation he was gracious and responsive -- though we couldn't bait him into saying anything negative about John McCain's fabled temperament. He did have some other criticisms though.
If he didn't look so transparent in the desire to be all things to all people, or whatever he thinks it will take to get elected, or whatever, I might like him better. He is bright, he certainly has been successful in business and there's little doubt that he was the key to pulling off the Salt Lake Olympics after a scandal-ridden and disorganized beginning. And maybe he's been a conservative all along but ony played a liberal to get elected governor in Massachusetts. Or maybe he has few deep convictions. I just don't know.