Dearly departed, we gather here today to celebrate what was our part-time Governor's political career. Almost four years ago, he came to Massachusetts a fresh face. He was a moderate, who was a bigger supporter of gay rights than Ted Kennedy. There was no difference between his stance on abortion and Shannon O'Brien's. He was for high environmental standards before he was against them. He saved the Olympics in Utah. He was a religious minority who won, as a Mormon, in a deeply Catholic state.
When he came to Massachusetts, it was with great fanfare. He was going to solve the impending fiscal crisis. He was going to go across the country and lure businesses here with the same sort of magnatism that attracted him to run for Governor in a state he didn't even live in. He was going to rebuild the Republican Party in Massachusetts so there would be a two party system again.
Sadly, he took a wrong turn. When Republicans realized he wasn't even a Republican in 1992, they realized their frustrations weren't ill founded. But it totally wasn't his fault. Republicans are never at fault. It's always someone else, making Mitt's downfall all the more tragic. He'll surely be missed.