Bring out that old Etch-a-Sketch, because Flip Flop Romney is back. Recall the words of Romney communications director Eric Fehrnstrom back in March:
FEHRNSTROM: Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all of over again.
There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.
Romney went on: “[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
Mind you, for the last month – it’s been almost a month – Romney stood by the comments disparaging half the country. He admitted that they were “inelegantly stated,” but he stood by them. At length. From Politico:
Romney pushed back in an impromptu press conference Monday evening saying that the video did not fully capture his comments and that the video did not fully capture his views.
He did not step away from the major point of a government generated economy over a free enterprise-based approach.
“I am talking about a political process of drawing people in my campaign… My campaign is about helping people take more responsibility,” Romney said.
“This is ultimately a question (about) the direction of the country. Do you believe in a government centered society that provides more and more benefits or do you believe instead in a free enterprise society where people are able to pursue their dreams.”
Romney did say that he comments we’re “not elegantly stated.. I am sure I can state it more clearly and effectively than I did in a setting like that.”
He added, “The president’s approach is attractive to people who are not paying taxes because frankly my discussion about out lowering taxes isn’t as attractive to them and therefore I am not likely to draw them into my campaign as those that are in the middle.”
And RNC chair Reince Priebus stood by the comments as well, telling CNN that Romney was “on message.”
But now, nearly a month later, suddenly Mitt Romney has a life-changing experience and admits that his comments writing off half the country, at length, comments which he defended for a month, were “completely wrong.” A month later he realizes this.
Here’s Romney’s newest position on the 47%:
So Romney lied to his top donors. Why? Why did he lie to them? Has he lied to other top donors? Is he lying to us now?
Why didn’t Romney realize his comments were completely wrong a month ago? Why did he defend them if he knew they were “completely wrong”? So you mean, Romney lied to the American people for the past month when he said his comments were accurate (albeit inelegant)?
And what happened to cause Romney ton only now realize that his comments are wrong?
I’ll tell you what happened. Romney’s son Tagg is busy “reinventing” his dad for the 100th time, and one of the things he told poppy is that he has to come clean on the 47% remarks.
This man is incredibly disingenuous. He will say anything to anyone to get elected President. He used to claim that he was better on gay rights than Ted Kennedy. Now he panders to the farthest of the gay-hating far-right, while his wife campaigns at conferences sponsored by officially-designated hate groups. Ted Kennedy, he ain’t.
But then what is Mitt Romney? What does he actually believe on anything? He’s flip-flopped on gay rights. He flip-flopped on health care reform again and again and again and again and again and again. He’s flipped on immigration a few times, on gay adoption, the auto bailout, on guns, on his own college, on SuperPACs, on Solyndra, on carbon pollution, on stem cells, on abortion, on contraception, on Iraq, on climate change, on taxes, on the recession a lot.
He flip-flopped on catfish.
That’s why fellow Republican, fellow Mormon, John Huntsman called Romney “a perfectly lubricated weathervane on the important issues of the day.”
That’s a nice way of saying that Mitt Romney is a congenital liar.