Mitt Romney, Transformer

People change their minds. Politicians often promise what they can’t deliver, or say what is necessary to tack into the political winds of the moment. Fortunately, when dealing with experienced candidates like President Obama and Governor Romney, they have actual records, not only of statements but of policies. Mitt Romney has been hard to pin down when you look at the diverse positions he has taken over the years – or even over the last few months. Let’s cut through the promises and changing positions and see what he actually did when he was governor of Massachusetts.

  • Mitt Romney favors gun control.

In 2004 Gov. Romney signed “one of the toughest assault weapons laws in the country.”

  • Mitt Romney is pro choice.

In 2002 Romney completed a Planned Parenthood questionnaire, saying he supports Roe v. Wade, wants Medicaid to fund abortion services, and plans increased access to the morning after pill.

Here is how he answered a NARAL (pro-choice) questionnaire:

I respect and will protect a woman’s right to choose. This choice is a deeply personal one. Women should be free to choose based on their own beliefs, not mine and not the government’s. The truth is no candidate in the governor’s race in either party would deny women abortion rights. So let’s end an argument that does not exist and stop these cynical and divisive attacks that are made only for political gain.

According to the Weekly Standard,

After completing the questionnaire, Romney met with three NARAL executives. In this meeting, NARAL executives recount, Romney evidenced no hesitation about his pro-choice views. He also tried to pique the executives’ interest in endorsing him by bluntly acknowledging that he had higher political aspirations, saying, “You need someone like me in Washington.” Moreover, those present recall that Romney argued that his election would make him credible in the Republican party nationally and thus help “sensible” Republicans like him overshadow more conservative elements in the GOP.


Mitt Romney continued his shift to the center Tuesday, saying he wouldn’t pursue any abortion legislation if he wins the presidency.

“There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda,” Mr. Romney told The Des Moines Register’s editorial boardTuesday as he sought its endorsement.

  • Mitt Romney believes in climate change.

His 2004 “Climate Protection Plan for Massachusetts” earned praise from the EPA while imposing California emission standards in Massachusetts, all without even bothering to estimate how much it would all cost. Romney’s administration made Massachusetts the first state to regulate carbon emissions, in 2006. According to an article at, Romney gets his climate change advice from someone in the Obama administration who thinks there are too many humans and the Industrial Revolution was a mistake.

Here is what Al Gore said about Mitt Romney and climate change:

“While other Republicans are running from the truth, he is sticking to his guns in the face of the anti-science wing of the Republican Party.”

Gore went on to reference a Washington Post story that said Romney during a town hall meeting last week “stuck to the position he has held for many years — that he believes the world is getting warmer and that humans are contributing to it.”

  • I repeat: Mitt Romney is pro-choice.

What was the model for Obamacare? Romneycare. Romneycare legalized elective abortions for a $50 co-pay.  Salon reports,

Mitt Romney “comes on and says he’s pro-life and yet he signed a bill that gives a $50 co-pay for an elective abortion in his state’s health care plan,” Huckabee said during a Meet the Press appearance four days before the caucuses.

Governor Romney’s permutations on the term “pro-life” should make conservatives yearn for the clarity of Bill Clinton’s “What is ‘is’?”

But he picked Paul Ryan as his VP,” you say. “That proves he’s a real conservative.”

So what did that make Al Gore when he picked Joe Lieberman? Most often, you pick a VP to balance or compensate for your perceived weakness. Bush picked Cheney to compensate for his inexperience. Gore picked Lieberman to compensate for his lack of appeal to conservatives. Romney has picked Ryan because he knows conservatives are wondering what the hell he really believes, so pick a true believer who is both an unqualified pro-life Catholic and an Ayn Rand fan who believes government and society exist to benefit the best among us, not to raise (and lower) everyone to the same level of mediocrity.

These are not statements or promises Romney has made. These are policies he has implemented. Actions speak louder than words.

If you think voting for the Republican means you’re voting for a conservative . . . well, maybe you’re right. Who knows?

Is he a true moderate without the courage to publicly disagree with the fundamentalists and arch conservatives in his party?

Or is he a true conservative who will nonetheless compromise those values when it is politically expedient for him?

It’s remarkable, under these circumstances, that more conservatives have not checked out the campaigns of Virgil Goode and Gary Johnson, as liberals are checking out Jill Stein and Rocky Anderson.

Mitt Romney, Transformer

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