During Mr. Romney’s four-year term as governor of Massachusetts, he cumulatively spent more than a year — part or all of 417 days — out of the state, according to a review of his schedule and other records. More than 70 percent of that time was spent on personal or political trips unrelated to his job, a New York Times analysis found. ...NYT
What the heck was he doing? Well, he spent time up at his lake house in New Hampshire. He took time off in Utah. His vacations, the Times reports, were extended, his weekends long. And he wasn't just goofing off. He was "laying the groundwork for his presidential ambitions." During one October (thirty days hath September, thirty-one hath October) he was out of state for 25 days. That was 2006. The governor was gearing up for 2008. The time he spent in Boston was just a pause on the road to Washington.
Many believe being governor wasn't about leading Massachusetts but about nailing the presidency. Stuffed with megabucks and sending out slick lies, here he is, once again, on the campaign trail.