When it comes to whining about crossover voting, Mitt Romney does not have a leg to stand on:
In my state of Massachusetts, you could register as an independent and go vote in which—either primary happens to be very interesting. And any chance I got to vote against Bill Clinton or Ted Kennedy, I took.Mitt Romney, today:
It's outrageous to see Rick Santorum team up with the Obama people and go out after union labor in Detroit and try to get them to vote against me. [...] Look, we don't want Democrats deciding who our nominee is going to be. [...] I just think it's outrageous and disgusting. [...] This is reminiscent of the dirty tricks of the past, and it's got to end, and I think Rick Santorum has a lot of explaining to do.Mitt Romney, February 18, 2007:
When there was no real contest in the Republican primary, I'd vote in the Democrat [sic] primary, vote for the person who I thought would be the weakest opponent for a Republican. [...] I'd go in their primary, just like a lot of other folks, and voted against the person who I thought was the strongest Democrat. [...] So, yeah, as an independent, I'll go in and play in their primary, but I'm a Republican, and have been through my life. [...] But a registered independent, so I could vote in either primary.As Mitt would say, what's sauce for the goose is now sauce for the gander. And as you can see, it's all on video.
Plus, if Republicans liked him, this wouldn't be an issue at all. Michigan is his home state. He should be destroying Rick Santorum there.
8:15 AM PT: One point worth emphasizing: Romney was bragging about lying about his true party preference in order to influence the Democratic primaries. Democrats in Massachusetts did not invite Republicans to participate. In Michigan, however, the primary is open, and Republicans have invited Democratic and independent participation. So what Romney did in Massachusetts was actually more extreme than anything anyone has talked about in Michigan.
"A lot of my Democratic friends are going to vote for (Rick) Santorum tomorrow in something they are calling, Operation Hilarity," Moore said Monday on the Rachel Maddow Show on CNBC. "We do have a good sense of humor in the state of Michigan."