A 200-page white paper languishes on the internet casually termed the Romney Book.Â ItsÂ assumed origin is the 2008 McCain campaign, containing as it does comprehensive background on Mr. Romney's utterances, stances, and actions during his long political and private careers:
Â Gov. Romney's views on a plethora of matters emerge, and dipping into itÂ one explores aÂ wellspring of modern concerns.Â On the Confederate flag issue, for instance, The Romney Book quotes The New York Sun that the governor believed it to be a state issue.Â
On the matter ofÂ his business experience, the Romney Book concludes that the self-proclaimed "business legend" led Bain Capital in its "relentless focus on bottom line at expense of workers and jobs."
Â The funnest bits in the Book or Romney are under the heading Awkward Moments, containing quotes and descriptions of video where the candidate has shown tendencies toward the tone deaf.Â "I thought becoming rich and famous would make me happy.Â Boy, was I right." Ah yes, the lighter side of Mitt Romney, who is increasingly drawing comparison with Reggie from the Archie comics.
Â I'mÂ compelled to contrast such a sentiment with the wisdom ofÂ the Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 26: "But the laborer in Zion shall labor for Zion; for if they labor for money they shall perish."
Â Mr. Romney is, of course, more profit than Prophet, and should he win the GOP primary, the general election will be an interesting referendum on America's fundamental values.