Once upon a time, a governor of Massachusetts ran for president, proudly proclaiming that he was "a card-carrying member of the American Civil Liberties Union."
Michael Dukakis badly lost that 1988 race to George H.W. Bush, who gleefully seized on his opponent's ACLU membership. The ACLU card may have been the least of Dukakis' problems, but ... it didn't help.
Now the ACLU has begun a modest campaign to persuade Mitt Romney that he really ought to get a card. The organization announced Tuesday that it had placed billboard trucks outside each of Romney's three homes (in Boston, Wolfeboro, N.H., and La Jolla) and in Washington, proclaiming: "Governor Romney, your membership card is waiting. Come back home to civil liberties."
The gist of the campaign is that Romney once held views in line with the ACLU's on three core issues: rights for gays and lesbians, abortion and immigration. "Since then, his views have changed dramatically," the organization said in its announcement.