Republican Criticism of Mitt Romney
Here's what Bishop Willard Mitt Romney's conservative allies have to say about "Multiple Choice
Mitt's" serial flip-flopping, lack of honesty, and
general money-grubbing madness ...
Peggy Noonan, a former speechwriter for Ronald Reagan and longtime scribe for The
Wall Street Journal, has been "relentless in her criticism of Romney." She
recently said that an "intervention is needed" to save Romney's
"incompetent" campaign. The nominee is "too small and pinched and narrow," and
some voters are "starting to think Romney's a loser." Later she doubled down on
her criticisms, saying she had called his campaign incompetent "only because I
was being polite. I really meant 'rolling calamity.'"
Michael Gerson, the former speechwriter for George W. Bush, said that Romney's
comments on the 47 percent reflect an empty ideology that is both "simplistic
and callous." By "appealing to a common Republican belief that the expansion of
government has produced a class of citizens who live off the sweat of others,"
Romney unwisely joined a battle that less mature conservatives have wanted "ever
since they read Atlas Shrugged as pimply adolescents." This is an
obvious dig at Paul Ryan, who has described Atlas Shrugged as his
favorite book and intellectual touchstone.
David Brooks, the "reliable gauge of center-right opinion in America" brought
down the hammer on Romney, saying the candidate is "running a depressingly inept
presidential campaign," and wondering aloud, "When will the incompetence stop?"
Brooks said Romney's comments were a "country-club fantasy," the type of thing
only "self-satisfied millionaires say to each other." And in dissing the
military veterans, students, and Social Security recipients who compose the 47
percent, Romney revealed that "he really doesn't know much about the country he
Mark McKinnon, a former Bush aide, said Romney's remark reveal him to be a
"deeply cynical man, who sees the country as completely divided, as two
completely different sets of people." McKinnon said Romney "would likely govern
in a way that would only further divide us." He also declared the race all but
over, saying, "I honestly don't know what Romney can do to win support from
voters he needs to gain a majority… How can anyone support a candidate with this
kind of a vision of the country?"
William Kristol, the editor-in-chief of The Weekly Standard, a conservative
stalwart, described Romney's remarks about the 47 perecent as "arrogant and
Republican senator and former presidential nominee John McCain: "Gov. Romney has taken
two positions on every issue."
Reacting to Romney's constant gaffes and misrepresentations, McCain invoked his record as a Navy pilot
told Fox News, "I'm familiar with tailspins and I think he's in one."
McCain also said: "The best indicator that I am doing very well is when [I'm] attacked by Mitt
Another widely respected Republican presidential candidate, Texas Congressman Ron Paul,
said: "We just
call him a serial flip-flopper."
Former New York mayor and hero of 911, Rudy Giuliani: "I have run a lot of
elections, supported a lot of people, [and] I have never seen a guy change his
position on so many things, so fast, on a dime."
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum: "This is someone who doesn’t have
a core. He’s been on both sides of every single issue in the past ten years.
This is someone who will say anything to get elected. People want the genuine
article. If Romney is an economic heavyweight, we’re in trouble, because he was
47th out of 50 in job creation in his state of Massachusetts when he was
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told CNN:
"I think he's certainly being dishonest about his own record. When he said that
he had the endorsement of the NRA, he did not. When he says that he didn't raise
taxes, in fact there were $500 million in fees that were raised during his time
[as governor of Massachusetts] ... He's making up stuff ... It's just incredible
... It's not true ... Maybe you have another word for it, but in
Arkansas we kept it simple: we called it dishonest ..."
Another Republican presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich, in a campaign ad said:
"Mitt Romney will do and say anything to become President. Anything."
Asked directly by CBS News chief White House correspondent Norah O’Donnell if he
thought Romney was a liar, Gingrich said bluntly, "Yes." Her question was: "You
said of Mitt Romney, 'Someone who will lie to you to get to be president will
lie to you when they are president. I have to ask you, are you calling Mitt
Romney a liar?' "Yes," Gingrich replied. She repeated the question, "You're
calling Mitt Romney a liar?" He replied, 'Well, you seem shocked by it! This is
a man whose staff created the PAC, his millionaire friends fund the PAC, he
pretends he has nothing to do with the PAC ... it's baloney. He's not telling
the American people the truth."
Brit Hume on FOX News Sunday: "You're only allowed a certain number of flips
before people start to doubt your character. And I think Romney exhausted his
quota sometime back. And these fresh ones, I think are over the limit, and I
think they hurt, and I don't think the fact that he's flipping in the direct
that the Republicans would like will help very much because I think they don't
Another Republican presidential candidate, Jon Huntsman, told CNN:
"You can’t be a perfectly lubricated weather vane on the important issues of the
day, whether it’s Libya, whether it’s the debt ceiling, whether it’s the
discussion around the Kasich bill in Ohio, where Gov. Romney has been missing in
action in terms of showing any kind of leadership."
Rand Paul told National Review: "I do not yet know if I will find a Romney presidency more acceptable on foreign
policy. But I do know that I must oppose the most recent statements made by Mitt
Romney in which he says he, as president, could take us to war unilaterally with
Iran, without any approval from Congress."
"I think it’s that program, just updated."
—RNC spokesman Alexandra Franceschi, admitting that Romney’s economic plan is
the Bush give-more-money-to-the-super-rich plan on steroids, The Fernando Espuelas Show, April 2012
"They (voters) want to know what’s the truth. They’re not interested in a
—Michele Bachmann, criticizing Mitt Romney’s flip flopping, speech in Florida,
"Gov. Romney has claimed to have created 100,000 jobs at Bain and people are
wanting to know, is there proof of that claim? And was it U.S. jobs created for
United States citizens?"
—Sarah Palin, Hannity, January 2012
"Romney, supposedly the Republican most electable next November, is a recidivist
reviser of his principles who is not only becoming less electable; he might
damage GOP chances of capturing the Senate … Republicans may have found their
Michael Dukakis …"
—George Will, blasting Romney’s flip flopping, Washington Post, October 2011
"Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes.
It’s almost like an Etch-A-Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all
—Romney Communications Director Eric Fehrnstrom, describing his boss's
flip-flopping as part of his campaign tactics, CNN, March 21, 2012
"Mitt Romney is running a very desperate and, frankly, very dishonest campaign."
"I don't know how to respond [to Romney] because his position
may change tomorrow."
"If a man's dishonest to get a job, he'll be dishonest on the job."
"What you have with Governor Romney is someone who is simply not the genuine
—Rick Santorum, quoted by Reuters, March 5, 2012
"Someone who will lie to you to get to be president will lie to you when he is
—Newt Gingrich, quoted in the Washington Times, January 2, 2012
Mitt Romney is "someone who will lie to you."
—Newt Gingrich, during an interview with Norah O'Donnell of the CBS Early Show, January 3,
Donald Trump told Daily Beast columnist Meghan McCain that Romney is going to
lose because he can’t connect with voters: "No, he’s going to lose. He doesn’t
resonate, you know? Or he would have won last time, in all fairness to your
father! He was scheduled to win last time, and he didn’t because your father
outdid him. You understand. I watched [Romney] make a speech, and it was all
these little trivial statements."
Trump told CNN that Romney killed jobs at Bain Capital: "Mitt Romney is
basically a small business guy. He walked away with some money from a very
good company that he didn’t create. He worked there, he didn’t create. He would
buy companies, he’d close companies, he’d get rid of jobs."
Trump slammed Romney’s record as governor on ABC: "If you look at his
record as governor, it wasn’t totally stellar. His job production was not great
at all. In fact, it was the third worst in the nation. There are some pretty
negative things with respect to Mitt Romney, which frankly he’s going to have to
Trump chided Romney’s $10,000 bet: "I don’t talk about how rich I am.
Other people do. I don’t want to talk about how rich I am."
Here's an example of Romney's immature use of hyperbole. In his 2008 concession
speech, he said, "If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I
would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that
Senators Clinton or Obama would win. And in this time of war, I simply cannot
let my campaign, be a part of aiding a surrender to terror." But obviously
President Obama did not "surrender to terror."
If Romney has been making up stuff about his Republican allies, just imagine
what he's been making up about President Obama. Romney's wild lies about the
Obama administration not supporting Israel are a good example. Israeli Prime
Minister Bibi Netanyahu, a right wing war hawk, recently praised Obama in a
speech to his General Assembly, saying, "I very much appreciate the president’s
position, as does everyone in my country." Israeli Defense Ehud Barak told CNN's
Wolf Blitzer that when it comes to his nation’s security and the Obama
administration, "I think that from my point of view as defense minister they are
extremely good, extremely deep and profound ... I should tell you honestly that
this administration under President Obama is doing in regard to our security
more than anything that I can remember in the past."
"He spent more time on the road to Damascus than a Syrian camel driver. And
we thought nobody could fill John Kerry’s flip-flops!
—Mike Huckabee in his book Do The Right
As the saying goes, it takes one to know one. Here is what serial flip-flopper
John Kerry said about his Republican doppelganger, Mitt Romney:
"He was against setting a date for withdrawal—then he said it was right—and then
he left the impression that maybe it was wrong to leave this soon. He said it
was 'tragic' to leave Iraq, and then he said it was fine. He said we should’ve
intervened in Libya sooner. Then he ran down a hallway to duck reporters’
questions. Then he said the intervention was too aggressive. Then he said the
world was a 'better place' because the intervention succeeded. Talk about being
for it before you were against it! Mr. Romney—here’s a little advice: Before you
debate Barack Obama on foreign policy, you better finish the debate with
Romney's record was
"anything but conservative until he changed all the light bulbs in his
chandelier in time to run for President."
—Mike Huckabee in his book Do The Right
"I believe most Americans want their next President to remind them of the guy
they work with, not the guy who laid them off."
—Mike Huckabee, describing Mitt Romney in a 2008 campaign ad
"We’re not going to beat Barack Obama with some guy who has Swiss bank accounts,
Cayman Island accounts, owns shares of Goldman Sachs while it forecloses on
Florida, and is himself a stockholder in Freddie Mae and Freddie Mac while he
tries to think the rest of us are too stupid to put the dots together to
understand what this is all about."
—Newt Gingrich, Mt. Dora, Florida. January 26, 2012
"I don’t think that Mitt Romney can legitimately say that he learned anything
about how to create jobs in the LBO (leveraged buyout) business. The LBO
business is about how to strip cash out of old, long-in-the-tooth companies and
how to make short-term profits. All the jobs that he talks about came from
Staples. That was a very early venture stage deal. That, you know they got out
of long before it got to its current size."
—Former Reagan OMB Director David Stockman, on Romney’s job creation experience,
Fox News, May 2012
"Now you have to ask a question ... is capitalism really about the ability of a
handful of rich people to manipulate the lives of thousands of other people and
walk off with the money? Or is that in fact somehow a little bit of a flawed
system? And so I do draw distinction between looting a company, leaving behind
broken families and broken neighborhoods and then leaving a factory that should
—Newt Gingrich, Manchester, NH, January 9, 2012
"Maybe Governor Romney in the spirit of openness should tell us how much money
he’s made off of how many households that have been foreclosed by his
—Newt Gingrich, CNN debate, January 26, 2012
"There’s a real difference between venture capitalism and vulture capitalism.
Venture capitalism we like. Vulture capitalism, no. And the fact of the matter
is that he’s going to have to face up to this at some time or another ... That’s
not what we’re looking for in a president of the United States. We’re looking
for someone that knows how to build jobs, create jobs ... So there’s no use
trying to paper this over. That is a problem for Mitt, and he’s going to have to
—Rick Perry, Hannity, January 2012
"If you’re not sure about whether to support Mitt Romney, whether you’re
liberal, or whether you’re very conservative, you ought to be excited, because
he’s been on your side at one time or another. So I’m not completely
misunderstood: I’m not as excited as I am desperate."
—Louie Gohmert, Republican conference, April 2012
"Pick any other Republican in the country. He is the worst Republican in the
country to put up against Barack Obama."
—Rick Santorum, calling Mitt Romney the worse Republican candidate imaginable, Racine, Wisconsin, March 2012
"He glosses over and doesn’t even tell the truth. … Here is a guy who is the
ultimate flip-flopper running for president, and he’s attacking me for not being
principled? That doesn’t wash."
—Rick Santorum, campaign event in Tennessee, February 2012
"He changed his position on virtually everything. I’m a moderate Republican,
that’s what I am, so I’d be inclined to support someone like Mitt Romney. But
all those changes give me pause."
—Rudy Giuliani, February 2012
"He should release the tax returns tomorrow. It’s crazy. You’ve got to release
six, eight, ten years of back tax returns."
—Bill Kristol, criticizing Romney’s refusal to release tax returns on Fox News,
July 15, 2012
"He’s not a bold decision maker like Newt Gingrich is. Every time I talk to him,
he says, ‘Well, let me think about it.’"
—Sheldon Adelson, describing Romney as an indecisive vacillator, Jewish Journal, March 28, 2012
"There are a lot of other people out there that some of us wish had run for
President, but they didn’t."
—Republican Senator Marco Rubio, "endorsing" Romney while wishing there were other candidates to pick
from, The Daily Caller, March 2012
"If you have things to hide, then maybe
you’re doing things wrong. I think you ought to be willing to release everything
to the American people."
—Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, calling for Romney to release more
tax returns, AP, July 14, 2012
"He has a number of problems. It’s hard for blue collar families like mine to
identify with him. It’s hard for economic conservatives to identify with him. He
needs to do more to reach out to Latinos…"
—Former Republican NY Governor George Pataki, "endorsing" Romney
while explaining his deficiencies, MSNBC, April 2012
"Santorum connects with some people. Unfortunately, my guy has a hard time doing
—Former AZ Republican Party Chairman Randy Pullen, "endorsing" Romney, CNN,
"I do know that all of the Michigan delegation worked very hard as related to
the revival of the auto industry. There was really a choice between bankruptcy
and liquidation. There was no one that was willing to come up not only with the
cash to keep them afloat but also to serve the warranties of everyone, you and I
that drive all these cars. There was no one that could have picked up those
pieces other than the federal government. [The auto bailout was] ￼￼bipartisan
from the get-go. [Without it,] Michigan would have hit 40 percent unemployment
—Republican Michigan Rep. Fred Upton, endorsing Romney while disagreeing with
him about the auto bailout which Romney opposed, WMUK
Radio, February 2012
"Mitt Romney and I don’t agree on every issue and certainly housing is one of
them. When you look at what is going on here in Southern Nevada, you can’t say
you got to let the housing market hit bottom. We have been bouncing along the
bottom for years. And the fact is we have to do everything possible to: (1) keep
people in their homes and (2) get people who are out of their homes back into
—Republican Nevada Rep. Joe Heck, endorsing Romney, then blasting
Romney’s call to let home foreclosures hit the bottom, Las Vegas Sun, February
"Gone are the days when the Republican Party used to put forward big bold
visionary stuff …We’re gonna have problems politically until we get
some sort of third party movement or some alternate voice out there that can put
forward new ideas."
—Jon Huntsman, saying that we need a third party not long after endorsing
Romney, while implying that Romney is not a bold, visionary leader, "Morning
Joe," MSNBC, February 2012
"He may not be Mr. Personality, uh, you know, this is a guy who gives a
fireside chat and the fire goes out."
Former GOP Virginia Rep. Tom Davis, endorsing Romney and then announcing how
bland and boring Mitt is, News Channel 8 interview, March 2012
"Self-deport? What the heck does that mean? I have no doubt Hispanics have been
alienated during this campaign. But now there’s an opportunity for Gov. Romney
to have a sincere conversation about what we can do and why. I absolutely
advocate for comprehensive immigration reform. Republicans want to be tough and
say, ‘Illegals, you’re gone.’ But the answer is a lot more complex than that."
—New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, slamming Romney’s stance on immigration,
Newsweek, May 2012
"Mitt Romney’s losing at this point in a big way. If something’s going to come
out, get it out in a hurry. I do not know why — given that Mr. Romney knew the
day that [Sen. John] McCain lost in 2008 that he was going to run for president
again — that he didn’t get all of this out and tidy up some of his offshore
accounts and all the rest."
—George Will, criticizing Romney for not releasing more tax returns, ABC, July
"We can’t nominate such a weak candidate. I’d love to be able to get one-on-one
with Gov. Romney and expose the record that would be the weakest record we could
possibly put up against Barack Obama."
—Rick Santorum, ABC, March 2012
"I heard Governor Romney here called me an economic lightweight because I wasn’t
a Wall Street financier like he was. Do you really believe this country wants to
elect a Wall Street financier as the president of the United States? Do you
think that’s the experience that we need? Someone who’s going to take and look
after as he did his friends on Wall Street and bail them out at the expense of
Main Street America."
—Rick Santorum, Rockford, Illinois, March 2012
"Running a business is not the same as being president of the United States."
—Rick Santorum, CNN, March 2012
"Governor Romney supported the bailout of Wall Street and decided not to support
the bailout of Detroit."
—Rick Santorum, Detroit, Michigan, February 2012
"At some point he has to show that he has a vision of a better way. He can’t
just say ‘The future is bleak, follow me.’ Because no one will."
—Republican strategist Mark McKinnon, according to Politico
"This is the free enterprise system. The only place in the world that I can
recall where companies never failed was the old Soviet Union. This is what
investors do in the free enterprise and capitalism system. And, yes, the free
enterprise system can be cruel. But the problem with this administration is that
small businesses have been the ones that have suffered the most, the kind that
need investors, the kind that don’t need the hundreds of pages, the thousands of
pages of regulations that continue to plague them and have them continue to hold
back on hiring and investment."
—John McCain, calling Romney’s tenure at Bain ‘cruel,’ Fox News, May 2012
"If Mitt Romney can be pushed around, intimidated, coerced, co-opted by a
conservative radio talk show host in Middle America, then how is he going to
stand up to the Chinese? How is he going to stand up to Putin? How is he going
to stand up to North Korea if he can be pushed around by a yokel like me? I
don’t think Romney is realizing the doubts that this begins to raise about his
—American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer during his radio program,
"Don’t just talk about Hispanics and say immediately we must have controlled
borders. It’s kind of insulting when you think about it. Change the tone would
be the first thing. Second, on immigration, I think we need to have a broader
—Jeb Bush, criticizing Romney’s stance on immigration and his attitude toward
Hispanics, Q&A session, June 2012
"[Mitt Romney is a] Massachusetts moderate who, in fact, is pretty good at
managing the decay." He’s "given no evidence in his years in Massachusetts
of any ability to change the culture or change the political structure."
—Newt Gingrich, Des Moines, Iowa, January 4, 2012
"You can talk about the other back and forth, and flip-flopping and the other
things. … If you’ve wrapped yourself up in too many pledges, that diminishes
your ability to do what needs to be done in the final stretch to some extent."
—Jon Huntsman, MSNBC, April 2012
"Can we drop a little bit of the pious baloney? The fact is, you ran in ’94 and
lost. That’s why you weren’t serving in the Senate with Rick Santorum. The fact
is, you had a very bad re-election rating, you dropped out of office, you had
been out of state for something like 200 days preparing to run for president.
You didn’t have this interlude of citizenship while you thought about what you
do. You were running for president while you were governor."
—Newt Gingrich, NBC News/ Facebook debate, January 8, 2012
"I would just have a different policy than what he has espoused … We need to
recognize we are not going to deport 12 million people, and … we shouldn’t."
—Haley Barbour, criticizing Romney’s ‘self-deportation’ immigration stance,
Christian Science Monitor breakfast, June 2012
"Clearly while the president is overseas, he’s at a conference and while the
president is overseas I think it’s appropriate that people not be critical of
him or our country."
—John Boehner, in response to a question by NBC News on whether Mitt Romney’s
criticism of President Obama is inappropriate since Obama was in Russia at the
time, March 2012
"Now, for Romney to believe that somebody’s grandmother is going to be so cut
off she is going to self deport … He certainly shows no concern for the humanity
of people who are already here … I think you have to live in worlds of Swiss
bank accounts and Cayman Island accounts and automatic $20 million a year income
with no work to have some fantasy this far from reality."
—Newt Gingrich, Univision, January 25, 2012
"This is a man whose staff created the PAC, his millionaire friends fund the
PAC, he pretends he has nothing to do with the PAC – it’s baloney. He’s not
telling the American people the truth … I just think he ought to be honest with
the American people and try to win as the real Mitt Romney, not try to invent a
poll-driven, consultant-guided version that goes around with talking points, and
I think he ought to be candid. I don’t think he’s being candid and that will be
a major issue. From here on out from the rest of this campaign, the country has
to decide: Do you really want a Massachusetts moderate who won’t level with you
to run against Barack Obama who, frankly, will just tear him apart? He will not
survive against the Obama machine."
—Newt Gingrich, CBS’ "The Early Show," January 3, 2012
"Now I have no doubt that Mitt Romney was worried about pink slips — whether he
was going to have enough of them to hand out because his company Bain Capital
with all the jobs that they killed, I’m sure he was worried that he’d run out of
pink slips. There is something inherently wrong when getting rich off failure
and sticking it to someone else is how you do your business and I happen to
think that’s indefensible. If you’re a victim of Bain Capital’s downsizing, it’s
the ultimate insult for Mitt Romney to come to South Carolina and tell you he
feels your pain, because he caused it."
—Rick Perry, South Carolina, January 9, 2012
"I think that it has to be a very humane approach to this issue, and we have to
come up with solutions to it. But we also have to do something about the drugs
that are coming across our southern border that are killing our kids… I think
there are some people who want to leave this country and return to the country
they came from, but obviously it requires a broader solution that that, and we
all know that."
—John McCain, slamming Romney’s ‘self deportation’ immigration plan as an
inhumane idea, Univision, February 2012
"I know the difference between venture capital[ism] and vulture capitalism.
Venture capitalism is a good thing, comes in, gives that gap funding to help
these companies get off and get started creating jobs, and work. But Mitt Romney
and Bain Capital were involved with what I call vulture capitalism. And they
walked into Gaffney and took over that photo album company for no other reason
than to basically pick the bones clean. And those people lost their jobs."
—Rick Perry, referring to a local photo-album manufacturer in Gaffney where 150
jobs were cut when Bain assumed control, January 10, 2012
"There’s one [presidential candidate] in particular who’s created jobs all
around the world [for non-Americans]. While he was the governor of Massachusetts
he didn’t create many jobs."
—Rick Perry, attacking Romney’s record of outsourcing and job creation,
"Bless his heart, I have respect for Mitt Romney, but I do not have respect for
what he has done through this debt increase debate. He waited until it was a
done deal that we would increase the debt ceiling and more money would be spent,
more money would be borrowed and spent on bigger government, and then he came
out and made a statement that he didn’t like the deal after all. You can’t defer
an issue and assume that the problem is then going to be avoided."
—Sarah Palin, ripping Romney for avoiding taking a position on the debt ceiling
debate until after Congress voted to raise it, Hannity, August 2011
"The fact is, there are a couple of years he may not have paid any taxes. Maybe
he’s concerned about that. But if it’s going to come out, he needs to get it out
now so he has a couple of months to explain it."
—Former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough, "Morning Joe," MSNBC, July 16,
"I still believe that the Romney campaign said things that weren't true."
—Newt Gingrich, to Wolf Blitzer on CNN's The Situation Room, May, 2012
"All we have to do is replace Obama. We are not auditioning for fearless leader.
We don’t need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what
direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. We just need a president to sign this
stuff. We don’t need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for
the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the
House and the Senate. Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a
pen to become President of the United States. This is a change for Republicans:
the House and Senate doing the work with the president signing bills. His job is
to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been
—Grover Norquist, calling for conservatives to elect a weak President they can
use as a puppet, CPAC, February 2012. NOTE: While Norquist did not specifically
mention Romney, other Republicans on this list have noted Romney’s weak
leadership skills and his lack of spine in standing for what he believes in.
Bryan Fischer stated in an earlier quote that Romney would be a pushover as
President, which is exactly the kind of President that Norquist wants.
These Republicans have hammered Romney because they know who he is, and what he
represents. Conservatives know that Romney is not a conservative, but an
opportunist who adopted a more conservative stance in order to get votes and
campaign contributions. Moderates don't know what to believe anymore about
Romney. I think it basically boils down to two essential questions:
(1) Does the integrity and character of an American president matter?
(2) Do American citizens have the right to know a presidential candidate's real
positions, and can they expect him to live up to his campaign promises, or at
The Republicans who know Mitt Romney best, because they've worked with him and
campaigned against him, seem to doubt his character and integrity. And they seem
to be telling us in no uncertain terms that they don't understand or trust his
real political positions, if he has any. In my personal opinion, Mitt Romney is
a narcissist who thinks his past success as an "investor" will somehow magically
translate into success as a president. He seems to be ready to make things up as
he goes, waving his magic wand. So there is no need to explain exactly what he
intends to do to the American public, beforehand. Magicians never reveal the
source of their magic, because they are only creating illusions. I think Romney
is an illusionist, but not a very good one.
Multiple Choice Mitt is America's first ultra-liberal conservative!
"I’m a strong believer in stating your position and not wavering." —
Mitt Romney's assertion to
NARAL Pro Choice, Massachusetts, 2002
But as we will see, Romney changes his positions more frequently
than even the most adventurous porn stars. (Romney's onetime presidential rival John Hunstman called him a
"perfectly lubricated weathervane.") Here are a numerous examples of why Romney
has earned nicknames like Flip Flopney, Mitt the Flopple and Multiple Choice
"It's not worth moving heaven and earth, spending billions of dollars just
trying to catch one person." ... [but] ... "Of course I would have ordered taking out Osama bin Laden."
So it seems Mitt Romney would only have taken out Osama bin Laden if the task
was easy and inexpensive.
Romney has accused President Obama and even his conservative rivals of being
Washington insiders guilty of pork barrel spending. But here is what Romney told
people about himself, when he wanted to impress them with his ability to get
money out of the federal government:
• "I am a big believer in getting money where the money is. The money is
• When Romney addressed the New Bedford Industrial
Foundation, his advice in a Power Point presentation was to "boost federal
• Romney also said,
"I've learned from my Olympic experience [that] if you have people that really
understand how Washington works and have personal associations there you can get
money to help build economic development opportunities ... We actually received
over $410 million from the federal government for the Olympic games. That is a
huge increase over anything ever done before and
we did that by going after every agency of government."
• Romney also cited more than $1 million that one his colleagues managed to get
for the Olympics from the Department of Education, concluding: "That kind of
creativity I want to bring to everything we do."
Romney has also flip-flopped repeatedly on women's reproductive
• "I respect and will protect a woman's right to choose."
• "I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country."
• "I sustain and support that law [Roe v. Wade] and the right of a woman to make
that choice [abortion]."
• "I will preserve and protect a woman's right to choose and am devoted and
dedicated to honoring my word in that regard."
• "I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years we should
sustain and support it." ... [but] ... "Roe v. Wade has gone too far."
• His position was clear and he gave his word to
NARAL Pro Choice ... [but] ... "I never really called
He has also done a U-turn on mandated health insurance:
• "I like [compulsory health insurance] mandates. The mandates work." ... [but]
... "I think it's unconstitutional on the 10th Amendment front."
• "Being called 'the grandfather of Obamacare' is 'a compliment.'" ... [but] ...
"I would repeal Obamacare" ... because it's a "costly disaster."
Romney likes mandates when he's the one doing the mandating. And according to
Mitt the Flopple, it is a compliment for him to be called the grandfather of a
costly disaster that he would repeal. Does that make any sense whatsoever? Here
are more u-turns on healthcare:
• "I'm proud of what we've done. If Massachusetts
succeeds in implementing [Romneycare], then that will be a model for the
• "At the time I crafted the plan in the last
campaign I was asked is [Romneycare] something that you would have the whole
nation do, and I said no. This is something that was crafted for Massachusetts.
It would be wrong to adopt this as a nation."
• In a Fox News interview,
Bret Baier noted: "Governor, you did say on camera and in other places, at times you
thought [Romneycare] would be a model for the nation." only to be told by Romney: "You're wrong, Bret."
Here are more about-faces by Flip Flopney:
• "I saw my father march with Martin Luther King." ... [but] ... "I did not see it
with my own eyes." [Because they never marched together.]
• "I think the minimum wage ought to keep pace with inflation." ... [but] ...
"There's no question raising the minimum wage excessively causes a loss of
• "I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our
country there." ... [but] ... "It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam."
• "I will work and fight for stem cell research." ... [but] ...
"The stem-cell debate
was grounded in a false premise."
• "Ronald Reagan is ... my hero/" ... [but] ... "I'm not trying to return to
• "This is a completely airtight kennel mounted on the top of our car." ... [but] ...
"[Animal lovers] are not happy that my dog loves fresh air."
• His favorite novel was Battlefield Earth ... [but] ... after people
pointed out the book's mountainous flaws, he switched to
• "I don’t line up with the NRA." ... [but] ... "I’m
a member of the [NRA]."
• "I believe the tax on capital gains should be
zero." ... [but] ... "It’s a tax cut for fat cats."
• "I’m going to take burdens off the back of the
auto industry." ... [but] ... He wrote an essay titled "Let Detroit Go
In a 1994 letter to the Log Cabin Republicans, Romney wrote that he was in favor
of "gays and lesbians being able to serve openly and honestly" in the military.
But during the 2007 presidential debates, he insisted that they should continue
to serve secretly and dishonestly, under "Don't Ask Don't Tell," which he wanted
"I've been a hunter pretty much all my life." ... [but] ... I have hunted
varmints since then. More than two times."
After his staff corrected the first statement above by saying that Romney had
only been hunting twice in his life, he issued the second statement as a
"clarification." The only "varmint" hunter I can think of is Elmer Fudd, so it
seems obvious that Romney is utterly out of his element when talking about
"Deadly assault weapons have no place in Massachusetts." ... [but] ... "I
don’t support any gun control legislation, the effort for a new assault weapons
ban, with a ban on semi-automatic weapons, is something I would oppose."
"I believe the world’s getting warmer. I can’t prove that, but I believe based
on what I read that the world is getting warmer. And number two, I believe that
humans contribute to that. ... And so I think it's important for us to reduce
our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may well be significant
contributors to the climate change and the global warming that you're seeing."
... [but] ... "My view is that we don’t know what’s causing climate change on
this planet. And the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to try
to reduce CO2 emissions is not the right course for us."
"These carbon emission limits will provide real and immediate progress." ...
[but] ... "Republicans should never abandon pro-growth conservative principles
in an effort to embrace the ideas of Al Gore."
"The TARP program … was necessary to keep banks from collapsing in a cascade
of failures." ... [but] ... "When government is… bailing out banks… we have
every good reason to be alarmed."
"I would like to have campaign spending limits." ... [but] ... "The American
people should be free to advocate for their candidates and their positions
without burdensome limitations."
"Those… paying taxes and not taking government benefits should begin a
process toward application for citizenship." ... [but] ... "Amnesty only led to
more people coming into the country."
"I’m not in favor of privatizing Social Security or making cuts." ... [but] ...
"Social Security’s the easiest and that’s because you can give people a personal
"Based on the numbers of American Muslims… I cannot see that a cabinet position
would be justified." ... [but] ... "A person should not be elected because of
his faith nor should he be rejected because of his faith."
"I'm not intending to, at this stage, sign a document [pledge not to
increase taxes] which would prevent me from being able to look specifically at
the revenue needs of the commonwealth. " ... [but] ... "Signing the pledge now
sends a very clear message to those in Washington who have voted against tax
relief and for tax hikes that such actions will never grow our regional and
Shortly before the
U.S. Embassy in Cairo was attacked over an inflammatory anti-Islam film, it
issued a press release which said that the U.S. "condemns the
continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of
Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions." The
embassy's press release concluded: "We firmly reject the actions by those who
abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of
others." Romney jumped on the statement, claiming that the Obama administration’s
"first response" was to "sympathize with those who waged the attacks." Romney was
wildly off base for multiple reasons. First, the embassy issued the statement hours
before the attack. Second, it came from diplomatic personnel in the field, far from the
White House. Third it included no "apology" for American values or sympathy for the
extremists, as Romney claimed. Then Romney did an
interview with "Good Morning America" and embraced embassy's position, saying: "And the idea of using something that some people consider sacred and then
parading that out in a negative way is simply inappropriate and wrong. And I wish people wouldn’t do it. Of course, we have a 1st
Amendment. And under the 1st Amendment, people are allowed to do what they feel
they want to do. They have the right to do that, but it’s not right to do things
that are of the nature of what was done by, apparently this film."