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Thursday, March 01, 2012

First you say you won't...

Myth Romney just retired the gold for serial flip-flopping.

The man with more positions than the Kama Sutra managed to be against and for the Blunt amendment within the space of an hour, first telling an Ohio reporter he opposed the Senate Republican effort to create a "conscience exemption" allowing employers to exclude medical services from workers’ insurance on moral or religious grounds.
“I’m not for the bill,” Romney told ONN-TV, when asked if he had a position on the legislation. “But look, the idea of presidential candidates getting into questions about contraception within a relationship between a man and a women, husband and wife, I’m not going there.”
After a mini-firestorm over staking a position in sharp contrast to Rick Santorum, the campaign furiously backpedaled, blaming the reporter for asking a confusing question:
“The way the question was asked was confusing,” spokeswoman Andrea Saul said. “Governor Romney supports the Blunt bill because he believes in a conscience exemption in health care for religious institutions and people of faith.” 
Romney himself took to the friendly confines of Howie Carr to say he thought the reporter was asking about "some state law." You decide:
“Blunt-Rubio is being debated, I believe, later this week. It deals with banning or allowing employers to ban providing female contraception. Have you taken a position on it?”
Let's see: Marco Rubio is being touted as one of his potential running mates and you would have to live on the moon not to get the reference to Roy Blunt in this context. Apparently Romney was confused because the amendment would not "ban" providing female contraception.

The Obama campaign was quick to pounce:
"In one hour, Mitt Romney showed why women don’t trust him for one minute. It took little more than an hour for him to commit his latest flip-flop. Even worse, he ended up on the wrong side of an issue of critical importance to women."
The incident opens a window into what passes for a Romney soul. His first inclination, not to get involved in a relationship between a man and a woman, reflects an instinct for privacy.

But as a candidate for the nomination of a party that believes government should stay out of the board room and not the bedroom, he can't take what is a libertarian position everywhere else in the world.

File under pretzel logic.

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