Skip to main content

Mitt Romney
Here's five examples of Mitt Romney deploying his favorite political tactic—speaking out of both sides of his mouth—from a single speech, delivered yesterday in Washington, DC to the American Society of News Editors. (Watch the full video here.)

1. Mitt Romney says he is for and against cutting entitlements and says Obama is against and for cutting Medicare.

I talked about this in greater detail yesterday, but in the span of just six sentences Romney manages to take both sides twice:

Of course, no fiscal challenge is greater than the one we face with entitlements. As the President himself acknowledged three years ago, this is not a problem that we can kick down the road any further.

I’d be willing to consider the President’s plan, but he doesn’t have one. That’s right:  In over three years, he has failed to enact or even propose a serious plan to solve our entitlement crisis.

Instead, he has taken a series of steps that end Medicare as we know it.

He is the only President to ever cut $500 billion from Medicare.

My translation: "I think nothing is more important than cutting entitlements, Obama sucks because he has not cut entitlements, and Obama also sucks because he has cut entitlements, and if you elect me, I'll repeal Obama's entitlement cuts and I'll also cut entitlements."

2. Romney is against regulations and he's for them

Mitt Romney will take a stand against regulations:

I will repeal burdensome regulations, and prevent the bureaucracy from writing new ones.
Because regulations are bad for business. After all:
When the head of Coca-Cola says America's business environment is less friendly than that of China, you know we've got a problem.
What we're going to have to do is encourage enterprise.
And how to encourage enterprise?
Encourage it with appropriate regulation.
Ah. So he's against regulations. And yet he's for them. Is that nuanced? Or evasive?

3. Presidents should admit America's mistakes ... unless they're named Obama.

Mitt Romney was asked:

Is there a time when a president should apologize?
He answered:
Oh, when there are mistakes that occur, of one kind or another, you acknowledge the mistakes.
But, he hastened to add:
This is very different, however, than the President's "Apology Tour."
Actually, it's not. First, there was no "apology tour." President Obama didn't go around the world saying "I'm sorry" on America's behalf. But he did acknowledge that we have made mistakes. Apparently, the problem is that he did it while being Obama.

4. Romney says shrinking government will allow us to expand it

According to Romney, the reason the economy isn't stronger is that government is too large:

The truth is we’re struggling because our government is too big.  As President, I will get the government out of the way and unleash the power of American enterprise and innovation.
Therefore, in order to grow the economy, Romney says:
Instead of growing the federal government, I will shrink it.
And why is a strong economy a good thing? Because it allows us to fund government programs!
A strong economy allows us to do a lot of good things. One, have good jobs, rising incomes, a growing middle-class. It also allows us to have the revenue from all the taxpayers who now have jobs to pay for great schools, wonderful care for our seniors, a strong military to defend us, but at the heart of these good things is a strong and vibrant economy.
5. Mitt Romney is for protecting confidential sources. Unless he wants to know their identity.

Asked if he supported the principle of protecting confidential sources, Mitt Romney said:

Do I see a role for confidential sources? Yes.
Clear enough, right? Except:
Could I ever imagine a time when a source would need to be revealed? Yeah, I can imagine that too.
So, yes. And no. Which would be perfect lyrics for a Mitt Romney theme song.

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