MA Rep. Marty Meehan (MA-05) announced he will not seek re-election in 2008. This presents a unique opportunity for the Republican Party to gain a seat in the MA delegation-- one that is now entirely composed of Democrats.
To date, there are 3 Republicans and several more Democrats who have expressed interest in assuming the seat, but as we all know, if a Republican actually expects to win, he or she must embrace the real Republican values of limited government and individual liberty. Without these basic standpoints, the GOP does not stand a chance.
Clearly, Governor Romney, who is now running as far right as one can go, understood this philosophy, and until his views "evolved" (as in he was seeking higher office and abandoned his principles) he embraced these basic tenets.
Hopefully the MA Republican Party and voters in the state will recognize the need for a centrist candidate who they can all rally around-- Massachusetts could prove to be a bright spot for hte GOP in 2008.