Matthews: Romney is not really interested in politics

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Let me finish tonight with where I started: I think there’s a lot of open space in this fellow, Mitt Romney. Wide open space.

I know he wants to cut taxes. That’s what people like him say just as they tend to play golf and follow pro-sports news. Mitt is like every other business type: he wants to cut taxes and regulation. He’s not all that interested in other things–those other things that people in politics and government get passionate about.

He’s not that interested, let’s admit it, in foreign policy. He’s not that interested in the world, really–not the world beyond the areas he needed to visit to make money. He’s not that interested in politics from what I can tell. Does anyone think he’d be watching this network at night, or FOX or CNN or anywhere that politics are being discussed? Would he be reading the columns where the debate is occuring?

I doubt it. He’s interested right now simply because he’s running for president.  

This is precisely why he makes such a handy tool for the Grover Nordquists and the Bill Kristols of the world. They’ve got purposes: Grover in tax cutting, Bill in an aggressive, hawkish foreign policy, and they can use Romney to get what they’ve never gotten out of Barack Obama–a useful tool. 

This is the giant reason to fear Romney’s election. Not that he may turn right on his own, but that he doesn’t care about any of the issues of government here in America or America’s place in the world as much the guys who do care very much and who will push him and shape him to their needs and ideologies once he’s in power.

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Matthews: Romney is not really interested in politics

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