Mitt Romney’s Many Faces
When RedState editor Erick Erickson announced he was “done” the “Multiple Choice Mitt,” it set off a heavy discussion around the blogosphere about Mitt’s viability. I particularly like Ruth Marcus’ take in the Washington Post:
Listening to Romney that day was like watching a chameleon in the fleeting moment that its color changes to suit its environment.
These skeptics are not alone, and the buildup to this opposition has been a long time running. As recently as his 2002 campaign for governor, Romney advocated a strong pro-choice stance. Then came the discovery of this video, highlighting the liberal positions Romney took in his 1994 Senate race.Although abortion is likely the most controversial leftist position Romney has reconsidered, it is by no means the only one. He has changed his position on gays in the military, supporting the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy after opposing it during the 90’s. Romney also supported a federal gas tax hike and opposed Bush’s tax cuts as late as 2003. Perhaps the most egregious sin in the eyes of some conservatives was the revelation that Romney voted for Democrat Paul Tsongas in the 1992 Massachusetts primary and then changed his story on why he did it.
Most of this probably comes as little surprise to pundits familiar with Massachusetts politics. But to most of the country this only reinforces an already skeptical view of the man. As this Gallup poll reveals, not a lot of people have heard of him, but the more they hear, the more his unfavorables rise. The GOP can do better.
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Posted by Joshua Claybourn at February 22, 2007 09:27 AM