Skip to main content

He won't condemn booing a soldier
and you can't make him.
(Larry Downing/Reuters)
It isn't easy to distinguish oneself in this Republican presidential primary cycle as the craziest. Or dumbest. Or meanest. But you at least have to give Mitt Romney credit for trying:
Mitt Romney said it isn’t his role to “scold” the sometimes vocal audiences at Republican presidential debates — whether crowd members are booing a gay solider or applauding the number of executions of Texas prisoners.

“I would tell you that in these debates there has been a lot of booing and a lot of applause. Cheering and booing,” Mr. Romney said Monday during a 70-minute interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader, which was broadcast on CSPAN. “Now I have not made it my practice to scold the audience and say, ‘I disagree with this person. I agree with that person.’ Because it goes a lot of different directions.”

And specifically, on the booing of a soldier?

“I don’t know when they booed, and I don’t know why people booed. I will tell you that the boos and the applause has not always coincided with my own views.”

Putting aside, for the moment, the well-established fact that Romney doesn't actually have his own views—he just has moment-to-moment pander points—does he really think running to the right of Rick freakin' Santorum is a good strategy? Even Santorum—the guy whose hatred of gay people is so infamous that Googling his name is NSFW—was willing to condemn the audience's boos:

"I condemn the people who booed that gay soldier," Santorum said on Fox News Friday. "Certainly had I heard them, I would have said, 'Don't do that. This man is serving our country and we are to thank him for his service’."

Sure, Santorum tried to weasel out of it by claiming he didn't hear the boo that everyone else on the planet heard (except his fellow candidates on stage, apparently). But eventually he got to the obvious, seemingly indisputable point: that you're not supposed to boo soldiers.

But Romney can't even say that? Romney, the guy who once promised to be a better advocate for gay rights than Ted Kennedy? He can't bring himself to say, "You know what? Booing someone who's willing to put his life on the line for this country so the rest of us can enjoy our right to boo him is wrong."

Maybe Romney's problem isn't that he's a perpetual flip-flopper. Maybe his real problem is that he's completely amoral.

Originally posted to Kaili Joy Gray on Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 09:22 AM PDT.

Also republished by Milk Men And Women, Angry Gays, and Daily Kos.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site