Kudos to Daily Kos! I cracked up watching this. The question remains. Who won? 🙂
This is another example of how Mitt Romney is the undefeated champion of flip-flopping. He will say anything to get elected. How is that different from any other politician you ask? Usually during the primaries, you’ll see a candidate pandering to the base. They espouse every Conservative (or Liberal) talking point, beating their chests like they’re God’s gift to Conservatism (or Liberalism). Then, during the general election, they move to the center. They have to court Independent voters, so they can’t seem too partisan.
Mitt Romney didn’t just do this. He goes from sounding like a Left wing Liberal to a card carrying Conservative. The change is pretty startling. Here are some examples:
“I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years, that we should sustain and support it. I sustain and support that law and the right of a woman to make that choice.” — Debate, Sen. Edward Kennedy, 1994
“What I would like to see happen would be for the Supreme Court to say, look, we’re going to overturn Roe v. Wade and return to the states the authority to decide whether they want to have abortion or not, state by state. That’s the way it was before Roe v. Wade. So I am firmly pro-life.” — Town Hall Meeting, Hopkinton, NH, 2011
“Deadly assault weapons have no place in Massachusetts.” — Assault Weapons Ban Bill, Signing Ceremony, 2004
“I don’t support any gun control legislation, the effort for a new assault weapons ban, with a ban on semi-automatic weapons, is something I would oppose.” — Interview, Conservative Bloggers, 2008
HEALTH CARE REFORM
“I’m proud of what we’ve done. If Massachusetts succeeds in implementing [Romneycare], then that will be a model for the nation.” — Speech, Baltimore, 2007
“At the time I crafted the plan in the last campaign I was asked is [Romneycare] something that you would have the whole nation do, and I said no. This is something that was crafted for Massachusetts. It would be wrong to adopt this as a nation.” — GOP Primary Debate, 2011
“I was not planning on signing up for the military. It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam.” — Quote, Boston Herald, 1994
“I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our country there and in some ways it was frustrating not to feel like I was there as part of the troops that were fighting in Vietnam.” — Quote, Boston Globe, 2007
Wow. I guess he can reach across the aisle…to tap the opposite version of himself when needed.
October 10th, 2012 at 4:54 AM
“to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our country there”
Out of touch with reality much, Mitt? Your language gives you away. Soldiers didn’t go to Vietnam to ‘represent’ the United States. They went there to fight, to kill, to die, to hope to survive. It was dirty, it was ugly, it was primal. What did you think you’d be doing there, Mitt? Selling some of your precious stock to convince the VC to leave you alone?
You’re a sick bastard, Mitt. You’re a disgusting, privileged, arrogant little white boy who doesn’t give a damn about this country, its people, its society. You’re a user who knows nothing but money and privilege, and cares for nothing but money and power and privilege.
October 10th, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Soldiers didn’t go to Vietnam to ‘represent’ the United States. They went there to fight, to kill, to die, to hope to survive. It was dirty, it was ugly, it was primal. What did you think you’d be doing there, Mitt? Selling some of your precious stock to convince the VC to leave you alone?
Amen. It’s such a slap in the face to those who fought in Vietnam. *big hugs* to Larry and lobo.
October 10th, 2012 at 5:08 AM
Last night’s PBS “Frontline” on Obama and Romney showed that Romney sided with his dad who was for the war in 1964 and young Mitt actually protested the Vietnam protesters on the Stanford college campus as seen in this early photo with other like minded kids who probably also got deferments from enlistments.
October 10th, 2012 at 5:11 AM
This would make him more than a flip-flopper. Flip-floppers usually acknowledge they are changing directions. I would call such a persona liar. There are some things you can forget and allowed to make mistakes in recollection on. This wouldn’t be one of them. Of course his father later changed his mind about the war and it was perhaps then that young Mitt did the same and performed what was likely his first public flip-flop.
October 10th, 2012 at 10:09 PM
There must have been something to him saying his sons are liars. Genetic. It’s quite unnevering seeing someone be so chameleon-like
October 10th, 2012 at 10:03 PM
October 10th, 2012 at 1:39 PM
As I said before, Romney is a used car salesman who dresses well, speaks well, is always smiling & friendly and will say LITERALLY ANYTHING to convince his current customer to buy his jalopy.
October 10th, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Yup. The used car salesman comparison is bang on.
October 11th, 2012 at 4:50 PM
And all without an eye blink or a drop of sweat. A true sign of an ice cold sociopath.
October 11th, 2012 at 3:37 AM
I think change is inevitable and change in thinking and beliefs should be more readily accepted by the society. Obviously, if that change is genuine and not motivated by selfish interests. Unfortunately in Romneys’s case, the change comes across as grossly motivated!
October 18th, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Summed up beautifully.