Saturday, December 17, 2011

Making Lemonade

The Des Moines Register has endorsed Mitt Romney in the GOP Iowa caucuses.  The paper opines that Romney has shown sobriety, wisdom and judgment.  Sobriety, well, yes.  Wisdom? Judgment?  Well, maybe judgment when he was governor of Massachusetts and backed the healthcare plan that, as he never gets tired of denying, served as a model for President Obama's.  But the fact that he does keep denying that says much about his character, a factor that the Register ignores.

Making a virtue of hypocrisy, the paper praises Romney's asserted ability to "see the merits of tough issues from something other than a knee-jerk, ideological perspective."  I guess that's one way to describe flip-flopping.

Perhaps more than anything, this endorsement is testimony to how weak the Rebuplican field is, and how far to the netherworld of the Right the party has strayed.  

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