The Republican Establishment’s Golden Boy Shape Shifter Mitt Romney and the War against Conservatism
The photograph to the right of Mitt Romney was taken at a fund-raiser for the pro-abortion rights group, Planned Parenthood, in Cohasset, Mass, it was June 1994, and he was running for the Senate seat held by Sen. Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts.
How many times have we seen the headline “In a position shift” when it comes to presidential candidate Mitt Romney. It is almost like he has some sort of flip flopping quirk that keeps him from sticking to a principle position he had once supported. His ostentatious display has never really surprised the people who really don’t like him, but what had once been a knack for making position switches look almost unordinary, he has now developed it into an art, or so it would seem.
I’ve always felt that Romney had a megalomaniacal streak about him, he always seemed to believe that not only should he be president, others do not have any right to challenge him. I may be wrong, but how else can one explain his seemingly lack of willingness to take a stand on an issue, or except that people really are bothered by his constant positions switches.
I often hear people who support Romney for president say that he is not flip flopping, only adjusting his position as he gets older.
The problem with this premise is twofold. First, he had taken his stance of pro-choice while in his 50’s and at the time he had told reporters that he has been pro-choice since his mother ran for the U.S. senate, that’s over four decades. This was about the same time as the above picture was taken, in which he happens to be donating money to Planned Parenthood.
While governor, Romney did once veto a bill in 2005 that came to his desk that would have expanded access to the so-called morning after pill, but even this was a switch because he had already signed a pledge that promised increased access to the same pill, and then the same year (2005) he later signed another bill that expanded the number of Massachusetts citizens eligible for family planning services, including the morning after pill. By December he had decided politics was more important than principles when he instructed all state hospitals to comply with the emergency contraception law which made the morning-after pill available to rape victims.Continued on the next page