Mittens takes the missionary position…except when he doesn’t
As has been demonstrated numerous times by Willard Mitt Romney himself, the man has no core. To repeat what we’ve said here:
Consider his ongoing plethora of policy flip-flops, of his penchant for saying whatever a particular audience wants to hear, no matter how much it conflicts with his previous positions to previous audiences.
For instance, in an interview he did with Sean Hannity in February, he suggested that Obama’s relationship with his former pastor, the Rev. Jerimiah Wright, was fair game in the 2012 presidential election:
“…Judeo Christian philosophy is an integral part of our foundation…I’m not sure which is worse. Him listening to Reverend Wright, or him saying we should be less a Christian nation.”
Can’t recall Obama ever saying or even remotely implying anything like that. But that’s how the Rethug narrative rolls: say whatever is necessary to move discussion away from the real to the imagined, from the actual present to a fantasized, idealized past or future. In other words, whatever is necessary to confirm the daily Rethug talking points.
From ABC News:
“I’m not familiar with precisely what I said, but I stand by what I said, whatever it was. I’ll go back and take a look at what was said there.”
Romney’s explanation today fit right into a frame opponents have tried to put around him – that he doesn’t know what he supports and what he opposes….
See, that’s the major problem with lying. After a while, the sheer quantity of lies becomes a house of cards, dependent on what went before. Remove even one card from the stack, and the whole house comes a tumblin’ down. Hard to keep track, as former Nixon counselor John Dean said in defense of his decision to come clean with the American people and the world at large. No wonder Romney’s handlers are working overtime to make sure that he is insulated from the press as much as possible, to “availabilities” that are strictly scripted and controlled.
As ABC News points out, the Obama campaign was all over Romney’s response:
“Today, Mitt Romney had the opportunity to distance himself from his previous attempts to inject the divisive politics of character assassination into the presidential race,” read a statement from Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt. “It was a moment that required moral leadership, and once again he didn’t rise to the occasion.”
Question: When did pointing out an obvious flaw in an opposing candidate’s assertions become “character assassination?”
Answer: When the object is a Rethug on the hot seat, of course.
Question: When did you, Governor Romney, as the former CEO of a corporate chop shop, ever demonstrate moral leadership?
Inquiring minds would like to know. I’m sure that the Obama Administration would relish any opportunity to compare instances of their moral leadership to that of former vulture capitalist, Willard Mitch Romney.
Mankind’s struggle to perfect government on Urantia has to do with perfecting channels of administration, with adapting them to ever-changing current needs, with improving power distribution within government, and then with selecting such administrative leaders as are truly wise.
The political or administrative form of a government is of little consequence provided it affords the essentials of civil progress — liberty, security, education, and social co-ordination. It is not what a state is but what it does that determines the course of social evolution. And after all, no state can transcend the moral values of its citizenry as exemplified in their chosen leaders. Ignorance and selfishness will insure the downfall of even the highest type of government.
-The Urantia Book