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Monday, September 10, 2012

How's that again?

Chameleons don't change colors as much as Myth Romney.

In a rare national televised interview not on Fox, Romney said he would retain some of the health care law, tweaked Republicans for agreeing to defense cuts as part of the fiscal cliff and said America is in "some ways safer" under Barack Obama.

Did someone drop the Etch a Sketch? Or is his staff reading polls?

In an interview with the less-than-tough David Gregory, Romney appeared to backtrack on several key planks of his campaign:
“I’m not getting rid of all of health care reform,”Romney said, while emphasizing that he planned to replace the president’s plan with his own. “There are a number of things that I like in health care reform that I’m going to put in place. One is to make sure that those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage.”
Not to get too technical Myth, but the "president's plan" is your own.

On the subject of the financial headaches facing the nation, Romney, as usual, offered no explanation of how he would both cut taxes and balance the budget, that same GOP recipe that created the mess in the first place. But he did say defense cuts are not the way to go:
“I thought it was a mistake on the part of the White House to propose it. I think it was a mistake for Republicans to go along with it,” he said.
And the man whose foreign policy experience consists of insulting the British and the Palestinians, offered an olive branch to Obama on drone strikes and the assassination of Osama bin Laden.
“That was a great accomplishment,” Mr. Romney said on Sunday. “Using the drones to strike at Al Qaeda targets. I think those are positive developments.”
While somewhat encouraging for Obama partisans, polls that reflect a post-convention bounce are notoriously unreliable and it is safe to assume even the Romney brain trust is smart enough not to pivot slightly toward the center as a result.

More likely, the slight drift in a number of key states -- such as Pennsylvania and maybe even Ohio -- is creating the need to move toward the middle.

Or maybe Myth just confused because he has taken so many contradictory positions on so many issues.

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