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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Surrogates using 'You can’t trust Mitt' as a positive

Who’d have thought Mitt’s constant reversals could be spun into a plus? That’s exactly what two stories out today have in common — people speaking about the Romney campaign in terms of what a terrible liar the candidate is and how that’s a good thing. First, ThinkProgress:

Mitt Romney’s sister assured “Women for Mitt” that if her brother is elected President, he won’t pursue the anti-abortion policies he espouses on the campaign trail.

In an interview with National Journal, Mitt’s sister Jane Romney said that her brother won’t “be touching” the issue of abortion:

Mitt Romney would never make abortions illegal as president, Jane Romney said when National Journal asked her about the subject after a “Women for Mitt” event. “He’s not going to be touching any of that,” she said. “It’s not his focus.”

Yeah, Mitt talks a good game about being all pro-life and stuff, but that’s just to get the chumps to vote for him. Just between you and me, he’s on your side — and he’s lying about it.

Then a piece by Steve Benen tells an astonishingly similar story:

Mel Martinez wants his party to come to its senses on immigration policy. Since Martinez is a former U.S. senator and a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, one would like to think his opinions would carry at least some weight, but whether he realizes it or not, it appears Martinez is being ignored.

This morning, the Floridian conceded his party “did the exact opposite of what we needed to be doing” for much of the last two years. Yesterday, however, Martinez told ThinkProgress he’s optimistic Mitt Romney will be less extreme after the election.

[ThinkProgress’] Scott Keyes asked the former senator whether Romney is likely to stick to his support for a self-deportation agenda. “I don’t think so, no I really, really don’t,” Martinez replied.

I don’t think Martinez is being ignored, I think it’s a deliberate talking point; that Mitt’s lying to get all these racist Tea Party nuts to vote for him, but luckily you can’t trust the guy — so everything’s going to work out OK.

I don’t know about you, but after reading these stories I have absolutely no idea where Mitt Romney actually stands on these issues. And I honestly wonder if even Mitt knows. It seems that he believes in exactly one unshakeable core principle — that Mitt Romney should live in the White House.

Beyond that, all bets are off.

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