When Mitt Romney entered politics in 1994 with a losing bid to unseat Sen. Ted Kennedy, he packaged himself as a moderate. He promised the Log Cabin Republicans that he would be a stronger advocate for gay rights than Kennedy. He also said that regardless of his personal beliefs, abortion should be safe and legal.
Let's be honest: You can't win in Massachusetts if you say you hate gays and value fetuses more than women.
When he announced his presidential aspirations earlier today, Romney presented himself as a veritable values warrior. He called for smaller government. Apparently, taxes are still too high...on the wealthy.
He also wrapped anti-abortion and anti-gay views into a frighteningly tight little package. (Perhaps he would support gag legislation recently introduced by the Washington Defense of Marriage Alliance, limiting marriage to those who can and will have children?)
"America can't continue to lead the family of nations if we fail the families at home," he said, adding that values and morals are "under constant attack" and promoting families where a mother and a father are in each child's life.
Where to begin? Romney's rhetoric is so two decades ago and contradicts positions he's taken in the meantime. And to say values are under attack is downright frightening. I challenge Mr. Mitt to find me one instance of one person of any credibility saying that values and morals are bad: End laws against stealing! Make perjury mandatory! Murder? No problem!
The only way his statement makes any sense is as an assault on the separation of church and state, which is just downright bizarre because Romney isn't protestant, he's Mormon and would join gays and abortionists on the heretics list.
That's the crazy-boring package. Oh, yeah, he also supports continued involvement in Iraq.