Not that there was ever any doubt whether Mitt Romney would run again for president in 2012, but it seems like he just can’t wait to start campaigning, as shown by this interesting pair of quotes from Below the Beltway. Back in February (before all the tea baggers started making so much noise), he said at the Conservative Political Action Conference:
I know we didn’t all agree on TARP. I believe that it was necessary to prevent a cascade of bank collapses. For free markets to work, there has to be a currency and a functioning financial system.
But yesterday, at the Values Voter Summit, Romney dramatically reversed course:
When government is trying to take over health care, buying car companies, bailing out banks, and giving half the White House staff the title of czar – we have every good reason to be alarmed and to speak our mind!
So if Romney is speaking his mind now, whose mind was he speaking back in February?
His speech at the Values Voter Summit is an interesting read, if only to confirm that the fear-mongering that has enthralled the far-right has also spread to what used to be the moderate Republican leadership.
It is only his conclusions that are different: Romney says he wants to pour more money into the military and to continue what he calls “intensive interrogation of terrorists”. Thus Romney condemns the government while simultaneously wanting to expand it, and give it powers beyond those provided in the constitution.
UPDATE: Photos from the Values Voter Summit. Crazy Michele Bachmann claimed that 95% of our health care problems would be fixed if we allowed people to buy their own insurance. Plus a little tort reform. And Carrie Prejean said “Even though I didn’t win the crown that night, I know that the Lord has so much of a bigger crown in heaven for me.” The crowd cheered.
UPDATE 2: Top Romney flip-flops from the past.