Tuesday, April 17, 2007

It Takes a Varmint

Not everyone agreed with my Varmint-Gate post below, but this story from the Associated Press shows what I'm talking about when it comes to Mitt Romney:
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, also a candidate for president, is wrong when she says "it takes a village" to raise a child.

"I think it's time for us to recognize every child deserves a mother and a father," Romney said during a speech to New Hampshire Republicans this weekend in Newbury.

The statement, however, runs counter to what The Boston Globe quoted him as saying in 1998:

"Hillary Clinton is very much right, it does take a village, and we are a village and we need to work together in a non-skeptical, no-finger-pointing way..."

Romney's problem is that a lot of people in the press seem to have decided that he's a phony. I previously made the comparison to the way reporters decided in 2000 that Al Gore was a liar. The difference here, of course, is that Gore was not, in fact, a liar, while Romney is, in fact, a huge phony. But his problem now is that whenever he says something like, Hillary is wrong when she says it takes a village, the immediate response from at least some reporters will be, "Huh. I wonder if he ever said anything about that in the past?" And minutes later, through the magic of Lexis/Nexis, a story about yet another opportunistic Romney flip-flop - complete with an obligatory reference to Varmint-Gate - will be in the works.

And this guy is blowing his Republican colleagues out of the water in the money race. Anyone wonder why Republicans are nervous about 2008?

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