Monday, April 09, 2007

Over the weekend, a devastating article on Mitt the Flip appeared in his "hometown" newspaper, The Boston Globe. Some excerpts ...

"This week in Keene, N.H., Romney told a man in an NRA hat that he had "been a hunter pretty much all of my life," the Associated Press reported. The Romney campaign later acknowledged that Romney, 60, hunted one summer as a teenager and once in his late 50s. Earlier this year, Romney said, "I have a gun of my own." It turned out his son owns guns, not Romney. After boasting about his membership in the National Rifle Association, Romney later admitted he joined the group less than a year ago ...

Romney's effort to portray himself as a gun-loving hunter is part of a larger, well-documented strategy to present a conservative persona to Republican primary voters. So, Romney, the presidential candidate, brags about easing restrictions on gun owners. Yet, the Romney who ran for Senate in Massachusetts supported two gun-control measures strongly opposed by the NRA. As governor, he supported the state's strict gun control laws and signed into law new restrictions on assault weapons.

Romney, the presidential candidate, is against abortion; Romney, the Massachusetts candidate, said he believed abortion "should be safe and legal." Romney, the presidential candidate, opposes gay marriage; Romney, the Massachusetts candidate, sought and received the endorsement of the Log Cabin Republican Club, which promotes gay rights. As a gubernatorial candidate, Romney was open to stem cell research; as a governor planning a GOP presidential run, he called for restrictions on such research.

These are generally described as "flip-flops," and in that spirit, a man dressed as Flipper the dolphin occasionally shows up at some Romney events. But, when do flip-flops turn into something more ominous?

Changing from pro-gun control to anti-gun control is a flip-flop. Saying you are a longtime hunter when you hunted twice is an exaggeration. Saying you own a gun when you don't is a lie.


Read the rest for yourself. It's just a brutal indictment of a man with no firm political beliefs.

5 Comments:

At 10:42 AM, Blogger Ken C. said...

The strange thing about "scandals" like this is, why do some "take off" in attention, and others not? Bush's life story is awash in lies, for example. His series of lies about his National Guard service, his lies about his insider-trading profits from Harken, his "ranch", etc. Many of these lies are about issues that are much more important than whether Romney hunts or not, but even so, they are much less important than Bush's lies about things that matter to the world. Is it a matter of fitting a script, as Bob Somerby might say? Or what?

 
At 12:17 PM, Blogger Andrew said...

It's kindof a shame that, in this country, one cannot be taken seriously as a political candidate until he establishes himself as someone who likes to shoot at animals with guns...

 
At 1:08 PM, Blogger BC said...

I really don't have a problem with folks that hunt. It's not my bag, but to each there own. What bothers me is the idea that you can't relate to people in the South if you don't shoot things.

 
At 3:47 PM, Blogger Political Realm said...

"Leave it to Mitt Romney to shoot himself in the foot with a gun he doesn't even own." Ouch.

 
At 5:13 PM, Blogger The Truffle said...

The rhetoric among GOP campaign front runners is filled with enough flip flops to fill a beach. I almost feel sorry for the diehard righties having to choose from these guys. Note that I said "almost."

 

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