Romney’s flip flopping on economic message now happens “within one sentence”

Mitt is apparently the GOP’s frontrunner. He’s a particularly loathsome character who has flipped and flopped on issues over the past decade. But even for Mitt, this is a new low. As the Los Angeles Times reports, Mitt changed his message “within one sentence”:

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has struggled to craft a consistent economic message in recent weeks — first blaming President Obama for driving the country deeper into recession and then backing off that charge during a visit to Pennsylvania. On Monday in southern New Hampshire, he appeared to offer those conflicting messages within one sentence.

The former Massachusetts governor’s remarks about the economy came at the end of a Fourth of July parade in Amherst, a heavily Republican town southwest of Manchester, during a pep talk with volunteers. He asked them to keep working for him all the way through New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary next year.

“Don’t forget what this is all about,” he told the group that crowded around him after he stepped onto a wooden replica of a soapbox in the town green. “We love this country; it’s the greatest country in the history of the Earth, and we face extraordinary challenges right now. Our president has failed us.

“The recession is deeper because of our president; it’s seen an anemic recovery because of our president. The people who want the status quo can vote for him, but people who want real change and jobs for Americans are going to vote for us.”

Those statements — that the president had driven the economy deeper into recession but also that an “anemic” recovery had occurred — not only seemed to be contradictory, but also at odds with what Romney has previously argued.

And, lest we forget, Mitt’s strength is supposed to be the economy. Shouldn’t surprise anyone, really. The GOPers destroyed the economy in 2008. They’re on the verge of pushing us over the edge with the debt ceiling. It’s no wonder their frontrunner has no economic maessage. That whole party is bereft of any sane economic thinking (which is why no one in the White House or Treasury Department should take any GOP advice on the economy. They’re willing to destroy it again if it means political gain.)

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