Friday, August 10, 2012

Romney's Chutzpah

Even by the standards of a candidate desperate for national office, Mitt Romney has an unusually fluid approach to the issues. He’s been on both sides of pretty much every major question of the last twenty years:

 

(Citations here.)

Romney’s not a political newcomer, and he’s certainly not stupid. So how can he imagine that this extraordinary record of flipflopping won’t cost him votes?

Adam Gopnik offers a possible answer towards the end of this long article on Mormonism:

When, in 1978, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints abandoned the rule prohibiting blacks from serving as priests, one church leader, Bruce McConkie, explained, “It doesn’t make a particle of difference what anybody ever said about the Negro matter before the first day of June 1978.” You could find, or think you’ve found, a similar logic behind Romney’s blithe amnesia when it comes to the things he used to think and say.

Maybe. Or maybe it has nothing to do with Mormon culture, and it’s some kind of Mitt-specific moral void. Either way, it’s a fascinating, brazen attitude in a presidential wanna-be. Etch A Sketch indeed.

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