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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Watch Mitt Romney Psychoanalyze Flip-Floppers in 2004

Talking Points Memo has shared a remarkable video of Mitt Romney — long derided for changing his positions on abortion, the auto bailout, and health care reform, among other issues — attacking then-Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry for being a flip-flopper at the 2004 Republican Convention.

Romney’s speech can be seen below:

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  • Common Sense Patriot

    The reason Mitt Romney has flip-flopped on issues is because the reality of political elections is that you can’t get nominated if you don’t appeal to the extremists who control both party’s machinery. The Republican base doesn’t like Romney because he is a moderate. The Republican base has been taken over by right wing extremists, composed of a loose network of tea party reactionaries, religious fundamentalists, one issue voters (abortion, immigration, etc.)and people so far to the right they make Nazi’s look like liberals. This is not just my opinion. Search the internet and you will find a clear plan by those right wing activists, especially when the Tea Party was organizing for the 2010 elections, that advises like minded nuts to become precinct chairs and delegates to the county, state, and national conventions. They quite correctly state that this is the way to power. And they succeeded, at least enough so that they have significant control of the party machinery which raises money, gets out the vote, distributes literature, and holds neighborhood meetings. Most importantly, they are the ones who select the candidates that will run in the primary. It works this way in both parties. I know. I was a political activist in the 70s who helped turn Texas into a solidly Republican state, wrenching control from the Democrats. I was a paid consultant and one thing I learned is that the average voter has no idea how politics really works. They complain about the candidates in the primaries and even more so when the general election comes about. They end up voting for the “lesser evil”. They feel they have done their duty by voting, but it is not enough. It’s like starting a race when the other runners have already completed the first lap. The same thing has happened in the Democratic Party, only it is controlled by left wing extremist radicals with virtually socialist agendas who despise capitalism and believe in big brother government handing out a never ending cornucopia of money to every hand that’s out to be filled with no thought about where the money comes from or that it will eventually, and nearly has, bankrupted the government (look at what’s happened to the socialist democratic governments of Europe and their financial crisis that is now forcing extreme austerity measures and causing riots). The right wing Republicans are just as bad, believing in no government regulation, unfettered capitalistic greed, extremist religious positions (a theocracy), destroying the environment in the name of profits and easy money, and most of all, the preservation and dominance of a politically corrupt uber rich upper class that controls the country. Idiots. All of them. On both sides. Things will not change with all the talk, opinions, protests, editorials, blogs, etc. They will only change when moderates get involved at the precinct level of politics and take back control of their respective parties. McCain was a moderate, frequently “crossing the aisle” to partner with Democrats on some legislation, including liberals like Ted Kennedy. That made him hated by the Republican base. He only won the Republican nomination because he started taking more right wing stances and slavishly courted the right wing Republican base. But even after the nomination, his support was lukewarm and he knew he couldn’t get out the party machinery in the general election, so he chose Sarah Palin as his running mate, which at least gained him the support of the Republican base. But in the general election, independents and moderates blanched at the idea of Sarah Palin being one heartbeat away from the Presidency, so he lost the election. Romney is now in the same position, flip flopping previously moderate and even some liberal views to gain support from the right wing party base. No candidate can win the Republican nomination without it. But once he gets in the general election, he will face the same problems as McCain. Obama may be unpopular, even with many in his own party, but he’s an astute politician and comes across well in public appearances and debates. Many Democrats will support him because they don’t like what the Tea Party conservatives have done in Congress. But the race is about more than the Presidency. Since radical extremists control both party’s machinery, they will also seek to nominate candidates in line with their respective extremist philosophies. Moderates and independents will again have only a choice of the “lesser of two evils.” No matter who wins what race, they are almost sure to be an extremist right or left winger. Today, there is not a single moderate member of Congress, so we deadlock and get nothing done. Wake up, America! Wake up moderates! Wake up independents! Take back the party machinery. Get off your duffs and save the country from the clash of the extremist idiots!

  • dpaano

    Well said!! I have to agree on ALL points. Thank you for putting it so succinctly.

  • 1olderbutwiser1

    Romney is a democrat in republicans suits. Romneycare is only the beginning. He believes the people eating sushi of their Rolls tailgates are just everyday people who maybe are just a tad above middle-class. And if we elect him, they will be doing the same thing then as well… change. Well, the deficit may get bigger but don’t worry, we’ll keep the loot in this country….in the glove compartments of the Rolls while they eat their sushi… It’s between Newt Perry, Bachman, or Ron Paul. Ron Paul doesn’t know how to do flip-flops, nor does Bachman. Newt knows a little about flip-flops. Romney is an authority on the matter.