Thursday, July 19, 2012

Easy to forget

Mitt Romney's many reversals ("flip-flops") have become such a part of our common currency that it is easy to forget the important issues on which he has been prepared to switch his positions 180 degrees in pursuit of his ambition for the White House.  But it's important to remind ourselves--and the voting public--because these cynical shifts demonstrate just how unsuited to the presidency he is, and would be even if his credentials and policy prescriptions were not as weak as they are.

Among the vital issues on which Romney has turned around are:

  • Healthcare for all, particularly the individual mandate.
  • A woman's right to choose (Roe v. Wade)
  • The Dream Act (limited amnesty for minors brought here as undocumented aliens)
  • Stem cell research
  • Insurance coverage for contraceptives, and other protections for women's health
  • Higher taxes on higher incomes
  • Strong enforcement of environmental protections
And it's not just the fact of Romney's turn-arounds that is telling.  think of the contrast between the way he explains his reversal on the healthcare mandate and how President Obama described the way he came to change his mind on same-sex marriage.  The President spoke of a process familiar to all of us who have changed our minds about something important as our thinking progresses.  Romney has never really given an explanation for his differing positions.

To give him the benefit of the doubt, maybe Mitt's unconvincing explanations are a good sign--perhaps they reveal discomfort with the positions he has had to take to win the Republican nomination.  But even if that is the case, Romney reveals himself to be profoundly unqualified to be President.

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