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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Friday, January 04, 2008

Suddenly, Romney's talking "change"

In regards to my earlier post, even Romney is now trying to get on the "change" bandwagon. (saying "change" 21 times in one speech.)

Later: According to Mike Allen, Giuliani used "change" a dozen times in a NH appearance today..

6 Comments:

  • Romney's a dick. And I think people are starting to see that now. You can't say how much you "love" what Bush has done one day and then talk about "change" the next.

    By Blogger -epm, at 11:08 AM  

  • See, that "flipflopping" is one of the things I like about Romney. It assures me that he will likely not govern out on the right where he's running.

    I view him as a woodenly practical man. Of the Republicans, I really think he'd make the best president.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 11:40 AM  

  • Flip-flopping is overrated. You should change your position in the face of new facts or developments. Romney changed his mind on abortion, and I can respect that.

    In Romney's case (in the statements shown in the link), however, he is criticising McCain for not following Bush (e.g. not backing Bush's tax cuts). That isn't changing your mind, it's making two contradictory statements at once. The Bush Administration is "Washington", so for him to criticise McCain as "Washington" and berate him for not being a Bush clone is inherently contradictory.

    Romney says the people want change, but what does Romney want to do differently than Bush? As far as I've seen, he's just the Mormon version of Bush.

    WRT Giuliani, pretty soon his "change message" will be in the form of "Can you spare any change?". The fact that wealthy Republicans have not ponyed up with contributions in this election is astounding to me. It's profoundly weird when Ron Paul is the big fundraiser and Romney has to spend his own money. Who would spend several million of their own money to get a job that pays one million in one term?

    By Blogger Todd Dugdale, at 1:14 PM  

  • "I view him as a woodenly practical man. "

    I view him as an amoral, cold hearted stuffed suit who's only interested in getting what he wants. Practical? Perhaps. But to what ends?

    By Blogger -epm, at 2:47 PM  

  • But, see, although I definitely see Romney as Washington-type, I see him more as a Bush I than a Bush II.

    I see him as a competent manager, a placeholder. I don't think he would do anything radical (despite what he's saying.)

    And again, this is picking among the Republican field. Thompson, Giuliani, and Huckabee are out off the top, so I'm choosing between McCAin and Romney, and McCain is just a little too bomb happy for me and has a bit of a history of getting fired up after windmills.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 2:47 PM  

  • "McCain is just a little too bomb happy for me and has a bit of a history of getting fired up after windmills".

    I'm with you on that much, at least.
    I wouldn't even argue that Romney is a competent Bush. He is. A competent Bush could have done great things for his Party... not things I particularly agree with, but things Republicans probably would. Instead they got stuck going through contortions defending their boy, and ended up fracturing their Party. I'd respect Romney more if he were to admit that and promise to do it 'right'.

    By Blogger Todd Dugdale, at 5:10 PM  

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