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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Monday, December 11, 2006

The many faces of Mitt

It's been noted elsewhere, but it's important to mention it here too. Solid evidence is mounting to prove Mitt Romney changes his positions to match audience he seeks to woo.

This bald-faced hypocrisy (a much nicer term than lying) requires fresh air now more than ever as he continues to snooker national Republican leaders.

The words from the 1994 letter seeking the support from Log Cabin Republicans sought to position Romney to the left of Ted Kennedy on gay rights:
I am more convinced than ever that as we seek to establish full equality for America's gay and lesbian citizens, I will provide more effective leadership than my opponent. If we are to achieve the goals we share, we must make equality for gays and lesbians a mainstream concern. My opponent cannot do this. I can and will."
Romney sycophants will no doubt mention that the word "marriage" does not appear in the text of the letter. But the tone is unmistakable: "If we are to achieve the goals we share, we must make equality for gays and lesbians a mainstream concern."

As I have noted here repeatedly (to the point of nausea no doubt to many) Romney has blown in the wind on issues such as gay rights and freedom of choice as it suited his political goals. In his runs against Kennedy and Shannon O'Brien, the middle seemed appropriate. For this national race, the farther right the better.

There is NO consistency in his "evolution" (which he no doubt will soon tell us he doesn't believe in). Mitt Romney is the ultimate pandering pol -- telling people what they want to hear. In that sense, he makes the stubborn but consistent George Bush seem like a paragon of virtue.

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