Many pundits thought that during the debate, Romney etch-a-sketched himself away from his "severe conservative" self to the "moderate" version. That didn't sit quite right with me. And today I finally figured out why.
Who knew that he'd take this flip-flopping thing to a whole new level and perform feats unheard of in political history by taking multiple sides of most issues in one debate?
Don't believe its possible? Well...how about saying you aren't going to cut taxes for the wealthy one minute and then talk about cutting rates for everyone the next? There was the one where he talked about killing Obamacare and bragged about Romneycare - almost in one breath. And then there was the one about supporting alternative energy development and criticizing Obama for investing in same.
This all started coming clear to me when I read this paragraph from his foreign policy speech today.
In Afghanistan, I will pursue a real and successful transition to Afghan security forces by the end of 2014. President Obama would have you believe that anyone who disagrees with his decisions in Afghanistan is arguing for endless war. But the route to more war -- and to potential attacks here at home -- is a politically timed retreat that abandons the Afghan people to the same extremists who ravaged their country and used it to launch the attacks of 9/11.So he's promising a transition to Afghan security forces by 2014 AND saying that politically timed retreats are the route to more war.
Romney's plan seems to be to criticize whatever Obama supports - and then to embrace Obama's goals as his own while proposing policies that would accomplish the opposite. I know that sounds ridiculous and impossible. That's because it is. And its why, if anyone is actually paying attention, Romney's campaign will go down as the most craven in our history.
The sad thing is that President Obama has to debate this guy. And his so-called "supporters" are suggesting that the best way to do that is to give this nonsense the credence of attacking it.
I have a hunch what he'll do with that shit next time around.