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Massachusetts Liberal

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Myth Romney

The national press corps is starting to catch on about our not-so-beloved former governor.

This opinion piece by the Washington Post's Richard Cohen captures the essence of the Romney Myth with breathtaking accuracy. Sadly it will be trashed as liberal claptrap by the voters Romney is appealing to, but it could help prompt a more critical look by so-far easy-going campaign reporters at Romney and his shameless transformation.

Here's the money graf:
Romney is not the only Republican candidate to mothball principles for the campaign. Rudy Giuliani is now not as pro-choice as he used to be, and John McCain has hired the very mudslingers he once wanted to garrote. But Romney is in a class of his own. He used to have fairly reasonable positions on gun control. Within the past year, though, he joined the National Rifle Association -- an admission made under some duress Sunday to George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week.'' In fact, to watch Romney on the show was to see a thoroughly counterfeit man. If he were a coin, a vending machine would spit him out.
Then there's this piece from Newsweek, which begins:
There is something a little too good to be true about Mitt Romney.
You just need to turn an educated eye to his first television ad to appreciate the rationale. The Post duly notes that Romney needs to make the transition from candidate with great potential to great candidate -- and that he can afford to make a buy designed to help him catch up the Rudy Giuliani and John McCain.

And while the Romney "brain trust" would never admit it, there is a third reason: the intensity of flip-flops is reaching critical proportions. The cynical calculation to join the NRA on the cusp of the campaign reveals his lack of values with incredible clarity

Romney needs these ads to change the subject. And they will -- for a time. But I would be shocked if the blood now in the water doesn't begin to attract the rest of the press corps for a better view of the Man and the Myth.

UPDATE: This clip of "Multiple Choice Mitt" only adds fuel to the idea that the man stands for what seems politically advantageous at any given moment in time.

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