Like a twit on a wire
The good day for Massachusetts ended quickly when Mitt Romney, the coiffure hovering over an empty shell who will not, under any circumstances, be reelected as governor, gave a speech to the right-wing Heritage Foundation yesterday. In it he made recommendations for surveillance of international students ("Do we know where they are? Are we tracking them?") and for wiretapping religious institutions (they "may be teaching doctrines of hate and terror. Are we monitoring that? Are we wiretapping? Are we following what's going on?") It might be reasonable to surmise that he was not thinking about treating all students and religious institutions in the same way, but singling out some groups based on origin or identity for special treatment. But of course, that would be illegal. Also destructive and foolish.