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Massachusetts Liberal

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Thursday, December 01, 2011

Battle of the shape shifters

As the calendar flips closer to the start of the primary season, Republican presidential hopefuls are starting to behave like Democrats, rejecting Ronald Reagan's 11th Commandment.

Regular readers know I have tried to catalog the twists and turns of Myth Romney, the man who has more positions than the Kama Sutra. But now comes the Ron Paul campaign with documentation of the flexible positions of the last man standing against the Mittster -- Newt Gingrich.

Is this really the best the once Grand Old Party has to offer the American people?

As we enter December -- with the Iowa caucus five weeks away and New Hampshire's primary immediately following -- GOP field is starting to solidify. Or maybe just melt down. As improbable as it once seemed, Gingrich has emerged as the anti-Romney.

And as we all know, Newt is not shy about speaking his mind, even on topics where his own position is not wrapped in glory:
"I wouldn't lie to the American people. I wouldn't switch my position for political reasons ... I don't claim to be the perfect candidate. I just claim to be a lot more conservative than Mitt Romney and a lot more electable than anybody else."
While the Paul video gives lie to Gingrich assertion of honesty, there is a basic truth in his statement. He is a lot more conservative than Multiple Choice Mitt and his basic fault is hypocrisy rather than inconsistency.

And to the true believers who drive the Iowa caucuses -- and make up the GOP's Tea Party wing -- it's better to be a hypocrite than a liar, which is how they view the core-less Romney.

So while Michele Bachmann closes non-existent embassies and Rick Perry struggles with the difference between the voting age and drinking age, those true believers may well decide to suck it up and go with the devil they know rather than the shape shifter they think they know, today.

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