- Opinion: Who is the real RINO? – Joe Scarborough – POLITICO.com
- Mitt Romney’s Brand Takes a Hit Pundits are beginning to notice Romney’s penchant for constant flip-flopping. by Jamelle Bouie
I’m not the biggest fan of Richard Cohen, but you should read his attack on Mitt Romney’s character, or lack thereof, in today’s Washington Post. In a few sentences, he gets to the heart of Romney’s persona — a mercenary politician who treats principles as a means to greater power:
Mitt Romney runs for president with the eye of a venture capitalist. He sees the profit in certain positions, discards those that are no longer profitable and moves on. He was pro-choice when it did him some good, instituted a health insurance plan that he now denounces and once supported amnesty for some illegal immigrants. Richard III offered his kingdom for a horse. Romney offers his principles for some votes in Iowa.
Ideological flexibility is par for the course in politicians, and there’s nothing wrong with it — success in politics depends on a willingness to compromise, bend principle, and take deals when you can make them. Romney’s core problem is that he takes this to its reductio ad absurdum. It’s not just that Romney is willing to bend his principles for the sake of partially realizing them, it’s that he adopts and sheds principles for the sake of narrow political advantage.
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- I’m a big fan of anything that illustrates and ridicules the absolute total nonsense that masquerades under the label “Homeopathic Medicene.” This one I spotted this morning on via Greg Laden’s The X BlogHomeopathic medic | The X Blog.Homeopathic medic Not work safe. Below the fold. Turn the volume down because there is screaming. Bad pain screaming.