Skip to comments.The Conversion - How, when, and why Mitt Romney changed his mind on abortion
Posted on 02/22/2012 11:20:57 AM PST by PhxRising
To understand Mitt Romney, you have to understand the most difficult passage of his political life: how he changed his position on abortion. Not the story he tells about it, but the real story. Romney began his political career as a pro-choicer. In the story he tells, he had an epiphany, a flash of insight, and committed himself thereafter to protecting life. But that isnt what happened. The real story of Romneys conversiona series of tentative, equivocal, and confused shifts, accompanied by a constant rewriting of his pastpaints a more accurate picture of who he is. Romney has complex views and a talent for framing them either way. He values truth, so he makes sure theres an element of it in everything he says. He cant stand to break his promises, so he reinterprets them. Parts of the story have been told before. But no one has put it together. And no one has assembled the many video and audio clips that bear witness to what happened. In this article, the first complete examination of Romneys journey, youll see his transformation on camera. (You can also watch a video narration.) When you see the story in its full context, three things become clear. First, this was no flip-flop. Romney is a man with many facets. Second, for Romney, abortion was never really a policy question. He didnt want to change the law. What he wanted to change was his identity. And third, the malleability at Romneys core is as much about his past as about his future. Again and again, he has struggled to make sense not just of what he should do, but of who he has been. The problem with Romney isnt that he keeps changing his mind. The problem is that he keeps changing his story.
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If Romney won't stand on principles and his church's teaching when it comes to something as basic as a human life, then what other principles will he throw aside when it comes to being elected? Deficit? Taxes? Guns? Freedom? Strong military?
It was a miracle, you doubter! First he had a vision of a throne of power surrounded by gold dollar signs, then a voice told him he is now pro-life.
Some people just don’t believe in happy endings. ;-)
To Mitt Romney the ends justify the means, even if it means mass murder of the innocent!
Oh, indeed, yes.
Romney values truth so much that he's EXTREMELY parsimonious in uttering it.
Romney’s only principle is that he doesn’t have any principles!
I've heard that his wife was pro-abortion and very supportive of Planned Parenthood.
My question is: Did she flip-flop every time he did????
Romney should run along, and do something else with his money.
A that little laugh he has when he knows he's caught. What a creepy guy.
“...Romney has complex views...”
Translation: RINOmney has no views at all that cannot be changed within a femtosecond...depending upon the latest poll.
Willard McBush WANTS polygamy in the afterlife. It makes him no different from practicing it NOW.
Yeah, and the rooster on my roof is a compass.
This is such an utter load of hooey. Romney changes his positions to suit his perceived path to the office he is currently seeking. Nothing more complicated than that.
The two headed snake fits Romney's abortion position perfectly.
My conclusion? Romney has no deeply held core belief about abortion. He could care less. He only cares how it affects his political career, period. He wants to be that bowling ball rolling down the edge of a razor blade, on this issue. In the phrase dictionary, there is a picture of Mitt Romney next to the phrase “on the fence”.
Abortion is LIFE & DEATH. It is MURDER. How can you be pro life and be so dispassionate about this issue? The answer is, you can't. So, is Mitt Romney pro life or pro choice? He's both, He's neither. He's an opportunist, who will tell his current audience whatever they want to hear.
Does this character trait of his only manifest itself on the abortion issue? How many other difficult issues will he be on the fence over? Sending our troops into harms way? Knowingly sacrificing their lives for the protection of our liberty. Will we get half measures? Can he pull the trigger when he needs to?
I think he is that squirrel in the middle of the road, who can't make up his mind which way to run. He sees you coming, he knows he's supposed to get out of the way. He has plenty of time, but first one way, then the other, and back again. He finally freezes and leaves it up to the fate. Sometimes he gets away with it and the car passes right over him. Eventually, following this path will get you killed.
Mitt Romney changed his position on abortion just as soon as his targeted electorate disapproved of abortion.
Anyone who believes otherwise - i.e., that the shift was based on some sort of “evolution of principles” - is deluded.
Parts of the story have been told before. But no one has put it together. And no one has assembled the many video and audio clips that bear witness to what happened. In this article, the first complete examination of Romneys journey, youll see his transformation on camera. (You can also watch a video narration.)
Romneys Abortion Record: Spin vs. Truth
**The problem is that he keeps changing his story.**
Pretty good call for Slate. LOL!