In his second debate with Ted Kennedy during his Massachusetts senate run, 1994 Mitt Romney gave a clear and convincing explanation for why Republicans should reject 2012 Mitt Romney…
Q: Should the voters of Massachusetts… believe that you would vote to end such filibusters against the wishes of party leaders like Robert Dole, Phil Graham and Newt Gingrich, and should we believe your voting record will be significantly different from the Republican Party line?
Romney: Depends on the issue, but the answer is yes. I'm not going to Washington to tow the line. That is not what I'm doing. Look, I've given up too much in this race to think I'm going down there to be some party politician for any party. I'm going to Washington because I care very deeply about what's happening to this country. I am very concerned about the direction we're headed in and believe we have to change it. I'm going to go to Washington to try to give everything I can to try and turn us in a different direction. I can't do it alone. I'm going to do it with people on both sides of the aisle. I'm going to do it with the president. I think the president does a lot of things that make a lot of sense. I'll support him in many ways. I hope he gets changed, but I'll still support him while he's there for the next two years. I believe that issues we face are far too important to be faced only from one side of the aisle or the other…
Well maybe it's not as bad as it looks. Sure, he said he likes Bill Clinton's policies and doesn't consider himself a real Republican, but he… Umm… Has great hair? And a razor-sharp jawline? And sounds like your dad? Yeah, that should be enough.
To avoid charges of flip-flopping, Romney could go with the whole "evolving views" excuse, but that probably won't cut it. With all of Romney's billions, it's about time he just paid scientists to build a time machine so he can go back and erase these embarrassing moments from history. Then again, the time travel might scramble his circuits.
I don't think Romneycare covers that.
Tags: Debates, Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, Primaries, Republicans, Senate, Ted Kennedy