by Mike Czech
In some ways Mitt Romney belongs to a political era of twenty or even thirty years ago. Back then, it was quite possible to go from town to town and say variations of essentially the same message. In his speech, the candidate could alter the tone, or emphasize a few of the words somewhat. Bill Clinton was able to turn on and off his country-boy accent when necessary, for example. This sort of thing is nothing new, of course, been around since people began running for public offices.
However, where Romney falls into trouble- in any day and age- is being so adamant about one particular view, only to come back years later and be so equally adamant about its opposing side. He really seems to ooze sincerity and strength of character but then.. it all means nothing.
I submit as evidence these two clips. Here is Romney in 2008.
It all seems pretty clear cut without much doubt to where Mitt Romney stands on the issue, doesn't it? Mitt Romney is against abortion. Mitt Romney is pro-life.
But hold up a sec. Check this out. It comes from 1994 in a debate with the late Edward Kennedy. It is clear that- when taking on Kennedy- who Mitt perceived as weak because of the changing political tide against the Democrats- it was obvious that Romney was in way over his head.
I think the same thing is happening all over again. A very slick Don Draper type but when push comes to shove, he's very hollow.
By the way, I love the way Kennedy gently punctures Romney's balloon. Mitt Romney- the Multi-Choice Candidate.
As one endures the endless Republican debates, it gets easier to feel that what the GOP lack is both consistency and class. Two things that the Kennedys- whether you liked their views or not- seemed to have in abundance.