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All politicians flip-flop from time to time; but Mr Romney could win an Olympic medal in it
And the title and the words are from this piece in The Economist, not exactly a bastion of progressive thinking.

The piece is subtitled Too much about the Republican candidate for the presidency is far too mysterious

I urge you to read and pass on the pass,  and to encourage you I will quote exactly one paragraph more:  

But competence is worthless without direction and, frankly, character. Would that Candidate Romney had indeed presented himself as a solid chief executive who got things done. Instead he has appeared as a fawning PR man, apparently willing to do or say just about anything to get elected. In some areas, notably social policy and foreign affairs, the result is that he is now committed to needlessly extreme or dangerous courses that he may not actually believe in but will find hard to drop; in others, especially to do with the economy, the lack of details means that some attractive-sounding headline policies prove meaningless (and possibly dangerous) on closer inspection. Behind all this sits the worrying idea of a man who does not really know his own mind. America won’t vote for that man; nor would this newspaper. The convention offers Mr Romney his best chance to say what he really believes.
That last sentence, The convention offers Mr Romney his best chance to say what he really believes., is perhaps a little silly, given that Romney always says what he thinks he needs to say to get to 50.1% of the vote.

Still, given the publication, this piece is not exactly what Romney wanted on the eve of his convention, is it?

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

    by teacherken on Sat Aug 25, 2012 at 06:33:09 AM PDT

  •  I think he believes whatever his church (1+ / 0-)
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    says he should do and believe in, and that is conveniently kept secret.

    So, why even bother to ask?  There is nothing to ask because there is no answer. That's the rule - not to answer. That is, if there are no answers, all answers would be valid ones. Which makes the whole thing absurd.

    If the church is elected and its human face in form of Romney, it's a coup. Nothing less.

    •  Agree (0+ / 0-)

      This is why I don't think we can afford to ignore his religion and his religious beliefs.

      Re-elect Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI). Screw Pete Hoekstra.

      by BitterEnvy on Sat Aug 25, 2012 at 09:24:29 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  right, but if you don't ignore it and talk about (1+ / 0-)
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        it in public, you are just silenced by accusing you of intolerance, not support freedom of religion and speech.
        That's why you can't succeed in this environment.

        So, I don't expect that there is a way a public discussion about this specific religion will take place, especially because it is not obvious to most people, what is "dangerous" in this religion. Mormoms are so "family-oriented and friendly and loving", most people just aren't that easily convinced that there are "damaging" aspects to this religion.

        •  I've seen the damaging aspects (1+ / 0-)
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          up close and personal.

          But,

          So, I don't expect that there is a way a public discussion about this specific religion will take place, especially because it is not obvious to most people, what is "dangerous" in this religion.
          this is definitely true.

          Re-elect Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI). Screw Pete Hoekstra.

          by BitterEnvy on Sat Aug 25, 2012 at 12:16:12 PM PDT

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  •  Thanks for the link. I find this piece (3+ / 0-)
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    particularly telling:

    Indeed, all this underlines the main doubt: nobody knows who this strange man really is. It is half a decade since he ran something. Why won’t he talk about his business career openly? Why has he been so reluctant to disclose his tax returns? How can a leader change tack so often? Where does he really want to take the world’s most powerful country?
    •  The other thing to remember is that Romney (4+ / 0-)
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      would not have been re-elected as Governor of MA.  He was polling at 36%, he did not run because he would have lost.

    •  BS, imho ... (but read on) (0+ / 0-)

      Why won't The Economisters admit what is patently obvious?  Willard is obsessively driven to be as rich, and now as powerful, as possible.  

      • He has no core beliefs.
      • He has no character.

      He is, on the surface, inconstant, shifting, hard-to-pin-down.  Under that protean surface lies a life-long constancy: accumulation of wealth by any safe means possible.  Everything else is subservient to that overweening ambition.

      That anyone thinks this is in question, or will change, reflects their own magical thinking.  We know exactly who Mitt Romney is.  He is a spectacularly ambitious bully who will do or say anything he can get away with in order to get money.

      Vote rape. Vote torture. Vote War Crimes. Vote with the American top 1%.

      by Yellow Canary on Sat Aug 25, 2012 at 08:21:12 AM PDT

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  •  Like Mr. Bush, Mr. Romney believes only (3+ / 0-)
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    that he should be POTUS. Details can be supplied by others.

    •  Yes, the ineffable lightness of being. (3+ / 0-)
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      "To be or not to be.  That is the question."

      Willard is.  What is still to be decided. Reid said he must be an embarrassment to his father.  That was very upsetting.

      Fact is, Willard has reversed all his father's principles. Perhaps it's an act of revenge for having been conceived last.

      Willard's forte = "catch 'n' cage". He's not into "catch and release."

      by hannah on Sat Aug 25, 2012 at 06:59:50 AM PDT

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  •  What's the most troubling is not the flip flopping (5+ / 0-)

    All politicians do that to one degree or another.

    What most troubling is that he seems to always back down.  He'll stake out a position, but then if a "stronger" person disagrees and pushes him hard on it, he will back down.

    THAT is very dangerous in the world of foreign policy.  Leaders will immediately see that he has no face at all and in negotiations can be bullied.

    Which is why people like him ALWAYS use the military first.  They're HIDING the fact that they are rank cowards.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sat Aug 25, 2012 at 06:54:28 AM PDT

  •  "Anything, for Pete's sake!" (1+ / 0-)
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    Dudehisattva...

    "Generosity, Ethics, Patience, Effort, Concentration, and Wisdom"

    by Dood Abides on Sat Aug 25, 2012 at 06:54:43 AM PDT

  •  There will be no answers in Tampa. (2+ / 0-)
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    Willard is a person who doesn't know how anything works.

    Willard's forte = "catch 'n' cage". He's not into "catch and release."

    by hannah on Sat Aug 25, 2012 at 07:08:58 AM PDT

  •  Nothing! (1+ / 0-)
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    No, I can find you a dozen known incidents where Romney hasn't shown the principles of LDS at all, beginning at Cranbrook and moving through his life. "...a fawning PR man, apparently willing to do or say just about anything to get elected."

  •  I'm not convinced that Romney is a "beliving" (0+ / 0-)

    Mormon. While I don't pretend to know what is someones heart, Romney wouldn't be the first person to use religious or fraternal relationships to further themselves in business. In fact, a Mason friend recently remarked to me that the number of Masons has fallen in recent years since "individuals no longer join to further their business connections"!

    Consider that Romney was born into Mormonism and grew up realizing its business value. George Romney, Mitts father, sold the Mormon church on providing American Motors vehicles to thousands of Mormon missionaries when he was CEO in the 1960's increasing AMs bottom line profit. The fact that George Romney was a faithful member permitted him access to the church hierarchy which may not been granted to a non-Mormon. Mitt was a teenager at the time and would have understood the value of having direct access to policy makers.

    Romney often refers to his payment of Mormon tithing in conjuction with the payment of taxes in a way that he appears to consider it mandatory. Recently he stated after Queen Ann confessed crying when making out their tithing check that he "cries for a different reason" indicating some resentment for doing it even though he may have meant the statement as a joke.

    Hardly the reaction one would expect for a faithful member of a church. Most true believers express gratitude for having the financial ability to be able to give freely.

    Just a little food for thought.

    Keep the law out of women's lady parts!

    by Templar on Sat Aug 25, 2012 at 07:21:53 AM PDT

  •  The Man Without Character. (1+ / 0-)
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    (This space left deliberately blank.)

    Vote rape. Vote torture. Vote War Crimes. Vote with the American top 1%.

    by Yellow Canary on Sat Aug 25, 2012 at 08:11:05 AM PDT

  •  Mitt is the best flopper in the basketball sport (0+ / 0-)

    Really, he's the best flopper in sport, period.

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