After watching the verbal contortions
The soon-to-be presidential nominee of the
Yet, almost simultaneously, to keep the party's conservative base from thinking he was shying away from Ryan's fiscal rigor, Romney contradicted himself by describing his own plan as essentially the same as Ryan's, apart from a few minor details.
And then, when the Romney campaign began running ads slamming the
In response, Romney announced that, as president, he would restore the money Obama took away -- which makes it hard to imagine he will become a champion for Ryan's cuts. Implicitly, Romney has joined a growing list of Republican candidates running from the Medicare piece of Ryan's budget.
Of course, if he gets to the
Not that he would stick with it if it brings him political heat. Almost daily, Mitt Romney reinforces the perception of himself as a man with no deep political convictions. There seems to be no position he will not give up if it has become a political liability. Much has been said about his switcheroos on healthcare, immigration, gay rights and
Romney could not even stand by his wife when her Olympics-bound dressage horse became another symbol of the family's elite economic status. Where once he talked with expertise about horse breeds and training, Mitt suddenly pretended the entire horse thing was just one of Ann's girly hobbies about which he was oblivious.
He cannot even talk straight about campaign politics. During the Republican primaries when he was demolishing his opponents with a storm of attack ads, Romney scoffed at those who complained. Politics ain’t beanbag, he said, so grow some cojones and quit whining. However, now that he is facing an opponent as well-funded and as ready to play hardball as he was when he was gutting
It is abundantly clear that when he is not spouting generalities and platitudes about the greatness of America and the wonders of free enterprise, the few specific stands he takes are completely provisional. Romney goes beyond mere flip-flopping; he never really lands anywhere.