Veronica Roberts

Mitt Romney was called a flip-flopper, an Etch-a-Sketch, a liar, a well-lubricated weather vane, a shape-shifter and Shady Romney, among other things—and it is not us “bleeding-heart lefty liberals” doing the name calling. All of the above were thrown at him by his fellow Republican presidential candidates (well, except "Shady Romney," that one is compliments of moi).

As I have said before, with friends like these, poor Mittens doesn’t need enemies. I hate to be harsh, but all the monikers are fitting, for Romney has done a stunning amount of flip-flopping on important issues, and his deep secrecy on his taxes didn’t help. In fact, it has added to the dishonest or untrustworthy aura surrounding him.

For example, here are just some of his well-lubricated-weather-vane moments:

1. Romney is heard in the above video saying he has never supported President Obama’s stimulus recovery. He is also heard saying the distinct opposite: “I think there is need for economic stimulus.”

2. On abortion: Romney goes from pro-choice—“I will preserve and protect a woman’s right to choose”—to doing a complete anti-choice flip—“…the right next step in the fight to protect the sanctity of life is to see Roe vs. Wade overturned.”

3. On not being a Reaganite: “Look, I was an Independent during the time of Reagan-Bush—I’m not trying to return to Reagan-Bush.” Then he shakes his Etch-a-Sketch and this pro-Reagan rhetoric comes out of his mouth on another occasion: “The principles that Ronald Reagan espouse are true today as when he spoke them.”

4. On special interests cozying up to politicians through big-dollar donations: “To get that kind of money, you’ve got to cozy up as an incumbent to all of the special interests who can go out and raise money for you\from their members. That kind of relationship has an influence on the way you’re going to vote.”

That was then. This is the new Romney, so fast-forward to this election. After getting a considerable amount of his current campaign money from big Wall Street players like Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America—some of the key contributors to the financial collapse—Romney now says, “Look, I’m not going to spend my time going after Ben Bernanke, I’m not going to take my effort and focus on the Federal Reserve.”

5. Romney on whether Bernanke should be appointed again: “I think he’s doing a good job—and I think it’s important to have the Fed as an independent agency. I do not think you want to have the Congress of the United States trying to pull strings at the Fed.”

6. Romney on Romneycare, his health-care reform similar to Obamacare, which passed in Massachusetts under his governorship: “Well, that’s what we did in Massachusetts, and that is we put together an exchange and the president is copying that idea, I am glad to hear that.”

That was then, this is now: “Obamacare is bad news, and if I am president of the United States, I will repeal it.”

7. On immigration, Romney made an epic flip-flop, for this must have broken the record for the shortest time elapsed between flips. During the debates with fellow Republicans, he said, “I don’t think I have ever hired an illegal in my life.” Then, 2 minutes and 14 seconds later, he said, “We hired a lawn company to mow our lawn and they had illegal immigrants who were working there.”

8. On global warming: “But I believe the world is getting warmer—I believe humans contributed to that.” That was the old, reasonably honest Mitt. This is the “flip Mitt”: “My view is that we don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet.”

9. On union-busting policies, Mittens took a whole day to change his stance. First he didn’t want to address it—“I’m not speaking on particular ballot issues”—but later that day said, “I fully support Governor Kasich, I think it is called Question Two, in Ohio.”

10. On Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge, the old Romney said he would not sign a “no new taxes pledge,” as reported by Candy Crowley of CNN. Short of sounding redundant, that was then and this is now: “I am proud to be the only major candidate for president to sign the tax pledge.” (Since that statement, he is no longer the only presidential candidate to sign the pledge, for most Republicans are now on board, with the exception of Jon Huntsman.)

11. On assault weapons, the Bain Capitalist said this as governor: “I just signed a piece of legislation extending the ban on certain assault weapons.” By now, you know the drill, his stance has now morphed: “I do not support any new legislation of an assault-weapons-ban nature.”

12. On the Troubled Assets Relief Program: “TARP got paid back and kept the financial system from collapsing—it was the right thing to do.” That was honest Mitt. Here comes one of the other Mitts: “TARP ought to be ended.”

13. On the auto bailout: “That’s exactly what I said: let Detroit go bankrupt.” Now, trying to take credit for the auto industry’s recovery, he says, “I’m not willing to sit back and say ‘Too bad for Michigan, too bad for the car industry.’”

Core issues for a man who doesn’t seem to have a core?

The biggest circulated paper in Utah, the Salt Lake Tribune, has recently delivered a shocker by endorsing Obama. What does that say about Mitt? (Read it here:

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