Vineyard Hypocrisy

by Greg Pollowitz

Here’s Mitt Romney on the president’s vacation to posh Martha’s Vineyard:

Mitt Romney said Thursday on a radio program that “if I were president today, I wouldn’t be looking to go spend 10 days on Martha’s Vineyard.”

Mr. Romney added: “Now, Martha’s Vineyard is in my home state of Massachusetts, so I don’t want to say anything negative about people vacationing there. But if you’re the president of the United States and the nation is in crisis — and we’re in a jobs crisis right now — then you shouldn’t be out vacationing. Instead, you should be focusing on getting the economy going again.”

Well said! What politician would be silly enough to show his face on Martha’s Vineyard after Romney’s broadside?

Romney will hold a fundraiser on the Vineyard on Aug. 27, towards the end of the president’s stay. The Boston Herald reports the $2,500-per-person affair will be held “just across the island” from where the Obamas are staying, and comes at the tail end of a fundraising swing through some of the “tonier” summer communities of the Bay State, including Nantucket and Osterville, on Cape Cod.

A Romney campaign official points out that, as the former governor of Massachusetts, it is not unusual for him to be fundraising in his home state, and that he is not vacationing on the Vineyard — but simply attending a fundraiser, then leaving.

Ah. I guess the “not sleeping on the island” rule makes all the difference.

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