The EFM Feature

I don’t normally read the Huffington Post, but this James Boyce post was mentioned in The Corner:

…current Governor and 2008 Republican Hopeful Mitt Romney will not be on hand for the festivities nor will he, as Massachusetts Governors for generations past have done, do what is known as the “lone walk” where after he hands over the state to Deval Patrick, he leaves the State House one last time, by himself and walks away from his office.
Instead, Mitt Romney will leave the State House under the cover of night the night before and refuses to take part in the festivities on the 4th. Local historians believe this is the first time in history an exiting governor has departed under the cloak of darkness.
Nothing stinks quite like the smell of hypocrisy of Republican leadership.

He later deduced Gov. Romney is either a coward or…wait for it…wait for it…a racist. The Corner, however, has the whole truth:

By tradition in Massachusetts, the departing Governor NEVER attends the inaugural swearing-in of his successor. The two meet in the Governor’s office, exchange some symbols of office, and then the outgoing Governor leaves the building via the front doors for his “long walk” down the steps. At the same time, the incoming Governor is escorted to the House chamber for his swearing in.
Because Deval Patrick wanted to hold an outdoor swearing-in on the front steps, it was not possible to do the “long walk” at the same time. For that reason, Governor Romney magnanimously offered to do the exchange of symbols and the long walk the previous evening in order to accommodate Deval Patrick’s change in the swearing-in.

The Governor’s spokesperson said, “Governor Romney has directed all of us to accommodate Governor-elect Patrick’s desire for an outdoor inaugural. This is Deval Patrick’s day, and we are happy to accede to his wishes.”
How quick the Left is to accuse others, I’m sorry, conservatives, of racism. Calling kind actions evil reminds me of this Scriptural admonition, found in Isaiah 5:20

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Of course, we should all be thinking of a different Scripture from Isaiah on this eve. So, before I wrap my final stocking stuffers, I’ll leave you with this verse from chapter 7:

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

May you all, dear readers, enjoy this divine miracle. Merry Christmas!
CHARLES adds: Nancy, I’m just catching up on EFM and e-mail after Christmas. Unfortunately for me, upon a quick skimming of this post I thought you were posting something from James Montgomery Boice. This James Boyce fellow, whoever he is, is a disappointment indeed! (For the curious, all zero of you, the Frenches and the Mitchells used to worship (at one point together) at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, where the late, famous Dr. Boice (that name is typically said there in a reverent tone) was the senior minister until his untimely death.)

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