Romney's mixed-up message

Mitt-the-Ken-Doll Romney, in an op-ed for USA-Today:

In a time of national crisis, we look to our president to acknowledge, as Harry Truman did, that it is at his desk where the buck stops.

President Obama, two weeks before Mitt Romney's op-ed:

I am the president and the buck stops with me.

Dunno about the rest of you, but I particularly enjoy Mittens Romney invoking Democratic president Harry Truman two weeks late. Then again, The Man With the Fisher-Price Hair is so up to his earnest pursuit of presidential gravitas that he'll deny anything: He deplores his own healthcare initiatives now that they're done on a national scale. He's abandoned moderate stances on making abortion safe/legal/rare. He wore his religion on his sleeve, then had wander the news circuit denying that southern Bubbas voted against him for being Mormon.

And let's not forget RNC chair Steele's description of Romney:

“Yeah, but let me ask you. Ok, Jay, I’m there with you. But remember, it was the (Republican) base that rejected Mitt because of his switch on pro-life, from pro-choice to pro-life. It was the (Republican) base that rejected Mitt because it had issues with Mormonism. It was the (Republican) base that rejected Mitt, because they thought he was back and forth and waffling on those very economic issues you’re talking about.” (interview on Bill Bennett's radio show, May 2009)

Frankly, in the last 2 years, Ken-Doll Romney has cravenly sprinted rightward from his centrist record while Massachusetts governor as he courts his party's base (aka Teabagger) votes. And it's not a statistically-noteworthy sample, but my own family members that liked him are disgusted by him after watching this, but he's still tacking toward the right. What the hell is up with this? Did I miss the poll where 'Waffling, 'Spineless', and 'Pretty boy' test as very presidential traits amongst Republicans?

h/t: brooklynbadboy at dkos

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The boomerang effect

The "anti" message attracts "anti" supporters. It's not a question of if they'll turn on you, only when. And how ugly.

more like 'nunchuck effect'

While it's possible to get hit by your own boomerang, in my experience that's about as rare as getting hit by lightning: boomerangs' first mode of failure is "don't come back like desired." Out of control nunchuks are tethered -- they WILL eventually knock you cold or hit you square between the eyes. Or worse.

I stand corrected


Thanks for the genesis of the idea

I hadn't thought about the likely end of these republican purity purges until you mentioned it.

Unless one is certifiably koo-koo-for-cocoapuffs like Raul Labrador, Tina Fey's understudy and that xenophobic guy from Minico, there's no pleasing the teabaggers. Be afraid, "RINO"s, Be vewwy afraid.