In an interview with CBS, Mitt Romney tries to deflect the blowback that the Republican Party is receiving due to their hardline stance on abortion. The Republican Party platform calls for a constitutional amendment banning abortion. After all, if you believe that an embryo is a person, then any abortion — even in the case of rape or incest — would be murder. Statements from prominent Republicans about “legitimate” or “forced” rape are just making things worse.
Which has led Romney to distance himself from his own party’s platform.
But here’s where it gets really ironic. Romney tried to downplay the whole thing and paint it as a political distraction:
Recognize this is the decision that will be made by the Supreme Court. The Democrats try and make this a political issue every four years, but this is a matter in the courts. It’s been settled for some time in the courts.
Just who does he think appoints the members of the Supreme Court? And who ratifies those appointments?
Does he really think that we are too stupid to realize that the really crazy and damaging decisions (like Citizens United) made by the conservative members of the Supreme Court have nothing to do with the Republican Party that put them there?
UPDATE: Readers have made comments pointing out additional hypocrisy in what Romney says. When he says “this is the decision that will be made by the Supreme Court” he has it backwards — Roe v. Wade was already decided by the Supreme Court. Yes, as he says “it’s been settled for some time by the courts” — just not the way Republicans would like. Indeed, it is the Republicans who keep bringing this issue up — nobody forced them to put a call for a constitutional amendment into their party platform. Alternatively, they will continue to stack the Supreme Court with social conservatives who will overturn Roe v. Wade. It is also important to point out that if they do get a constitutional amendment passed, then saying that this would be decided by the courts is just nonsense. A constitutional amendment trumps the courts.
And finally, as I’ve said before, Republicans have had multiple chances to push for such a constitutional amendment, most recently during the last Bush administration when they also controlled Congress. But they didn’t do squat about it. They just keep cravenly bringing it up during elections to fire up the base.