Dear GOP, we don't want him. You can keep him. (Scott Audette/Reuters)
Someone remind Mitt Romney that he's still running for president under the "Republican" line. Yesterday, he embraced progressive language
opposing further austerity
"If you just cut, if all you're thinking about doing is cutting spending, as you cut spending you'll slow down the economy," he said.
He's right! Of course, that statement is a dramatic departure from his previous position on austerity, as Jed has helpfully noted at that link above. It's such a dramatic departure, in fact, that he now finds himself directly at odds with his party's primary electorate—an odd place to be given his current electoral woes.
But that's not all! Today, the malfunctioning Romneybot embraced Occupy Wall Street language while discussing taxes:
And in order to limit any impact on the deficit, because I do not want to add to the deficit, and also to make sure we continue to have progressivity in our code, I’m going to limit the deductions and exemptions particularly for high income folks. And by the way, I want to make sure that you understand, for middle income families, the deductibility of home mortgage interest and charitable contributions, those things will continue, but for high income folks, we are going to cut back on that so we make sure the top 1% keeps paying, paying the current share they’re paying or more.
Sounds good! Definitely make the 1 percenters pay more. Glad to have him aboard the pursuit of a more progressive tax code (his words, not mine). But again, has he forgotten that he's running for the Republican nomination? And if he was going to start pivoting to the center earlier than expected, couldn't he have at least waited until after tonight's debate, most likely the last of this primary season?
This is what happens when you have no core principles, no real ideological foundation, no moral underpinnings. You end up flapping around, saying random shit, and ensuring that just about everyone hates you.
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