Stop if you’ve heard this one before: Mitt Romney has reversed his stance on a core conservative issue. Today’s position switch? Romney now supports a flat tax, a policy that he has spent almost a decade criticizing.
The flat tax, which has become a centerpiece of Herman Cain and Rick Perry’s platforms, is a very popular policy among the hardcore conservatives that Mitt Romney needs to assuage to win the nomination. The emergence of Cain, the brief bout of enthusiasm for Michele Bachmann, and the looming Perry threat means that it makes sense for Romney — who once criticized Steve Forbes’ flat tax plan as a “tax cut for fat cats” — to reverse course and tack hard to the right.