When Romney Communications Director Eric Fehrnstrom placed both feet squarely in his mouth on Wednesday in an interview with CNN, I was thrilled. Some may wonder why this would be, since all Fehrnstrom did was to confirm what most of you have known from the outset: Mitt Romney is Gumby. He is able and willing to flex and fold and spindle and mutilate all of his previous positions according to the political expediency of the moment. Honestly, I am ecstatic not merely because it validates what I’ve been telling you about Romney all along, but that the voters in the GOP will now be armed with the reality about who this man is and how he operates. Fehrnstrom, who’s worked with Mitt Romney since he was Governor of Massachusetts, is as good a source as any. Conservatives should consider this a gift, because it finally gives us the evidence we need to show Mitt Romney for what he really is: A plastic, flexible, morally indecisive man who believes whatever the polls say he ought to believe to garner the most political support.
Let’s consider this carefully, together with the other news of the day, and recognize what Romney really is. Consider what Mark Levin offered on his radio show Wednesday evening, when he pointed out that Fehrnstrom never even attempted to refute the assertion of the questioner. Instead, it was accepted as fact that he is indeed tacking right for the primaries. If he’s tacking right, where he must have originated is somewhere to the left. That’s simple logic, and the fact that Fehrnstrom never challenged it tells us that it’s true. I would love for one Romney supporter to offer a single refutation of that premise that makes any sense, but I don’t expect it now, or later.
Romney has also said he was in favor of TARP, and then that he wasn’t so sure, but now he’s clearly back on the TARP bandwagon, by saying today on the campaign trail that George W. Bush and Hank Paulson saved the economy. He’s talking about TARP! He said the following:
“I keep hearing the president say he’s responsible for keeping the country out of a Great Depression,” Romney said at a town hall in Arbutus, Maryland. “No, no, no, that was President George W. Bush and [then-Treasury Secretary] Hank Paulson.”
Consider this when you listen to him tell you how he is conservative, but that the other candidates are not. Given what we’ve learned about his flexible ideology, how long will it before he tells us Obama-care wasn’t such a bad idea? If you wonder why Republican turn-out is low in so many states, it’s because Romney’s negative campaigning has turned off conservatives. He’s doing it intentionally because the record clearly demonstrates conservatives don’t like the negative campaigning, particularly Tea Party types. Romney’s aim is to discourage them to keep them from polling for anybody else.
The Romney campaign is in bunker mode, and this slip-up by Fehrnstrom is likely to do Romney substantial damage. Fehrnstrom likened Romney to an Etch-a-Sketch, but I think “Gumby” is more appropriate: He’s easily molded and reshaped and he has the philosophical firmness of an un-fired clay pot. The worst part of all of this is knowing that he’s trying to get away with it. He is trying to slide by while never really having committed to much, and too many conservatives, in angst over Obama, are far too willing to surrender to Mitt Romney. Some may appreciate the potential merits of a Gumby president, but I think what Fehrnstrom’s admission speaks to is a sort of dishonesty on the part of Mitt Romney that is the sort of duplicity that conservatives deplore.
Mold him, shape him, sculpt him and then start over with a squish. Mitt Romney is no conservative, and we should never nominate him, much less elect him president. He rails against Gingrich and Santorum, but by any objective measure, both men have a record of governing as far more conservative than Mitt Romney as governor the state of Massachusetts. A vote for Romney may begin as a vote against Barack Obama, but he’s not likely to maintain the most important distinctions beyond the convention. For conservatives, it is time to get off your butts and be heard in these primaries, selecting anybody but Romney since he’s the leftists’ alternative to Barack Obama. Time to get up and oppose this guy before he continues the wreckage of the conservatives in our party and conservatism in general. You now know who this man really is, thanks to Eric Fehrnstrom, and it’s time we exploit this gift to knock out Romney, or at least tamp him down. I’m not happy he is this way, but I’m thrilled that it’s finally been admitted by one of his own people, albeit inadvertently.