Mitt Romney Goes Shopping for Lawyers

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BOSTON, UNITED STATES:  US President George W. Bush (R) addresses a one million USD Republican fundraiser for Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Mitt Romney (L) at the Seaport Hotel o4 October, 2002 in Boston, Massachusetts. Both Bush and former president Bill Clinton are campaigning in the Bay State as Republicans try to extend a 12-year grip on the governorship of this otherwise Democratic-controlled commonwealth. The office is open because acting Governor Jane Swift, who moved up when Governor Paul Cellucci was named ambassador to Canada, stepped aside for Romney when polls showed he had a far better chance of winning.    AFP PHOTO/TIM SLOAN (Photo credit should read TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)
BOSTON, UNITED STATES: US President George W. Bush (R) addresses a one million USD Republican fundraiser for Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Mitt Romney (L) at the Seaport Hotel o4 October, 2002 in Boston, Massachusetts. Both Bush and former president Bill Clinton are campaigning in the Bay State as Republicans try to extend a 12-year grip on the governorship of this otherwise Democratic-controlled commonwealth. The office is open because acting Governor Jane Swift, who moved up when Governor Paul Cellucci was named ambassador to Canada, stepped aside for Romney when polls showed he had a far better chance of winning. AFP PHOTO/TIM SLOAN (Photo credit should read TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: TIM SLOAN

And finds some Bush hand-me-downs that were to his liking: The GOP frontrunner, who's been laying low of late, just released the list of his 63 official legal advisors. Several worked in the Bush White House, most notably Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Steven Bradbury, who signed three memos saying that waterboarding was OK and testified in favor of it before a House Judiciary Committee subcommittee. Ties to Bush's waterboarding policy would not exactly be something that would serve Romney well in a general election.

But Republicans want to align themselves with Reagan as much as or more than they want to distance themselves from Bush. And Romney does have a famous Reagan guy on the list, too: Robert Bork. What could ever be controversial about Robert Bork, right?

Mitt Romney picks George W. Bush lawyers as judicial advisers [Politico]