Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Massachusetts' Real Flip Flopper

I can't say I have a whole lot of confidence in the field of candidates the demicrats have right now, but I do have confidence in how utterly crappy the GOP candidates are. Not only are they fairly unappealing to regular people, but it also seems to me most of them will have trouble motivating the GOP base.

Case in point: Mitt Romney. Remember how John Kerry was a bad man for "flip flopping" on a bunch of stuff? Sure, it mostly involved minor stuff and quotes taken out of context, but those gigantic flip flops at the GOP convention made for compelling TV. This guy Romney looks to be an even worse flip flopper, but instead of it being silly stuff, it's about the GOP meat and potatoes: he was for gays before he was against them, he was for a woman's right to choose before he was against it, and he was for gun control before he became a life-time member of the NRA. Ruth Marcus, talking about his abortion stance, puts it nicely:

But it was also hard to see how a man with deeply held convictions on abortion rights -- either for or against -- could take a position so calibrated and inconclusive. Listening to Romney that day was like watching a chameleon in the fleeting moment that its color changes to suit its environment. Indeed, several months later, after vetoing a bill to expand access to emergency contraception, Romney wrote in the Boston Globe about how his views on the subject had "evolved and deepened."

And did I mention he's from Massachusetts?


Otto Man said...

Good post. Plus, he's the son of the anti-Goldwater, George Romney. The old GOP hands with long memories aren't going to want to hand the party's reins over to a wishy-washy moderate family like that.

Thrillhous said...

It's going to be fun watching the tug of war between the moderates and the wackos.

Otto Man said...

Yeah, it'll be nice to watch a circular firing squad take place without the Democrats for once.

gerry said...

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