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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Romney's Flip-Flops Are Worrisome ...

... but has he really flipped?

This (from the Washington Post last month) isn't encouraging:
As governor, Romney worked to reassure liberals
By Peter Wallsten and Juliet Eilperin

Mitt Romney was firm and direct with the abortion rights advocates sitting in his office nine years ago, assuring the group that if elected Massachusetts governor, he would protect the state’s abortion laws.

Then, as the meeting drew to a close, the businessman offered an intriguing suggestion — that he would rise to national prominence in the Republican Party as a victor in a liberal state and could use his influence to soften the GOP’s hard-line opposition to abortion.

He would be a “good voice in the party” for their cause, and his moderation on the issue would be “widely written about,” he said, according to detailed notes taken by an officer of the group, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts.

“You need someone like me in Washington,” several participants recalled Romney saying that day in September 2002, an apparent reference to his future ambitions.

Romney made similar assurances to activists for gay rights and the environment, according to people familiar with the discussions, both as a candidate for governor and then in the early days of his term.

The encounters with liberal advocates offer some revealing insights into the ever-evolving ideology of Romney, who as a presidential candidate now espouses the hard-line opposition to abortion that he seemed to disparage less than a decade ago.
So is he or isn't he? Is Romney the conservative he says he is or the liberal he said he was? Is he "evolving," as the reporters suggest, or lying through his teeth?

And do we want to take the chance to find out?

I'm reminded of another guy who presented us with the same dilemma. Another candidate for president who told us that he wasn't - in 2008 - the radical he had been in years prior. As it turns out, now that he's in the White House, he never lost his leftist stripes at all. He was just lying to us.

So Romney tells us he's a conservative. After telling others that he wasn't.

I don't know but I really don't want to go through this again.

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice ...