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Mitt Romney unwittingly lets slip a quote for the ages: “What I said is not what I believe”

Daniel Larison of The American Conservative has an INTERESTING TAKE on the quote in the headline above:

The funny thing about this quote is how often his defenders and supporters would use this same argument during the election to protect him against criticism. Romney supporters often relied on his record as a famously unprincipled political weather-vane to defend him against any substantive criticism of what he said during the campaign on the grounds that he didn’t or couldn’t “really” believe it. Since Romney couldn’t be trusted, it was taken for granted that he never said what he “really” believed, and Romney supporters tried to make a virtue of their candidate’s worst character flaw. This was very often used as a way to get around his awful foreign policy views, but it was hardly limited to foreign policy. If Romney said something awful, it could be written off as mere pandering (which was, of course, simply more proof that he had no political principles that could not be compromised), and if he said something mildly sensible this was supposedly the “real” Romney coming through at last.

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  1. The election might have had a different outcome if he didn’t cave in to the right wing extremists and pick wonder boy for his VP.

  2. Neftali

    Steverino – Paul Ryan was not the problem. He was a good choice. The problem is when 93% of Blacks, 71% of Hispanics, 73% of Asians, and 64% of High School Drop outs all vote for the other person, it makes it very, very hard to win no matter who you chose. Romney won the support of 60% of White people, and the election wasn’t even that close.

  3. Neftali: The Romney-Ryan ticket didn’t carry Ryan’s home state or even his home town.

  4. Neftali: Regarding your gratuitous reference to Obama winning the votes of most high-school dropouts, it should be noted that those dropouts represented only 3 percent of the total electorate.

    Obama also got the votes of college graduates who had post-graduate studies by a margin of 13 percentage points over Romney. Those people represented six times as many voters as high-school dropouts.

    Obama also carried all 10 states with the highest percentages of college graduates, while Romney carried nine of the 10 states with the lowest percentages of college graduates.

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