Romney Punts on Yet Another Bill

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Via Steve Benen, here is Mitt Romney’s view on the current impasse over extension of the Violence Against Women Act:

Andrea Saul, a spokeswoman for Mr. Romney, said in an e-mail, “Gov. Romney supports the Violence Against Women Act and hopes it can be reauthorized without turning it into a political football.” But she declined to specify which version he supported.

Neither presidents nor presidential candidates have to weigh in on the minutiae of every single legislative tiff. But Romney is taking this to cartoonish extremes these days. He’s desperate not to anger the tea partiers who still don’t fully trust him, but he doesn’t want to do himself any further damage with independents either. So he’s punting on everything.

How long can he keep this up? This summer the Obama campaign is going to try to portray Romney as a guy who doesn’t really believe in anything, and he sure seems to be going out of his way to make it easy on them.

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