Quote of the Day: Who is Mitt Romney?

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From DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Good Morning America today:

What I think is unfortunate about Mitt Romney is he doesn’t even know who he is.

I appreciate the sentiment, but Wasserman Schultz is wrong about this. Mitt Romney knows exactly who he is: he’s a guy who wants to be president at any cost. If he has to pretend not to believe in global warming, then that’s what he’ll do. If he has to pretend to believe that the individual mandate is a sign of impending tyranny, then that’s what he’ll do. If he has to pretend that we can balance the budget with spending cuts alone, then that’s what he’ll do. If has to pretend to hate gay people, love guns, and believe that every blastocyst is a precious human life, then that’s what he’ll do.

Romney is keenly aware that given the state of the modern Republican Party, jettisoning every vestige of self respect is the price of getting a crack at the Oval Office. He decided long ago he was willing to pay that price.

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