The Romney campaign is following a two-track strategy. Track One centers on Mitt’s selection of right-wing extremist Paul Ryan to be his running mate. This track is designed to keep the “knuckledraggers” (as John Boehner calls his teabagger contingent) jacked up with hate and willing to walk over hot coals to get rid of the black guy in the White House. Romney’s recent birther comment — which was not a gaffe — was a signal to the wingnuts that Romney is with them in spirit.
Now, running for president alongside a right-wing extremist who’s soft on rape is, shall we say, problematic in an election where sane women get to vote — which brings us to Track Two. As I noted after the Ryan pick:
People seem to forget that Romney still has huge problems with women and Latinos, among other key groups. Ryan’s job as Number Two is to keep the teabaggers and other assorted Republican wingnuts occupied while Romney tries to clean up the mess he made for himself in the primaries getting to the right of Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich.
In his Track Two strategy, Romney is strapping his Etch A Sketch to a paint shaker. TPM reports:
Throughout the Republican primaries, Mitt Romney struggled to distance himself from the health care overhaul he put in place as governor of Massachusetts, which served as a blueprint for President Obama’s health care law Romney has pledged to repeal.
But in the last week, Romney has reversed course and is now touting ‘Romneycare’ in interviews leading up to the Republican National Convention.
“With regards to women’s health care, look, I’m the guy that was able to get health care for all the women and men in my state,” Mitt Romney said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” before making sure to attack Obama’s law. “There’s talking about it at the federal level, we actually did something. And we did it without cutting Medicare and without raising taxes.”
“So you’re saying, look at Romneycare?” host Chris Wallace responded.
“Absolutely. I’m very proud of what we did. And the fact that we helped women and men and children in our state,” Romney said.
Mitt Romney is embarking on a brand new flip-flopping journey the likes of which no sentient being has ever seen. It’s unbelievably brazen and absurd. He’s counting on two things to get him over the finish line: the blind hatred of the wingnuts for Barack Obama, and the absolute craven incompetence of a Blitzerized “we’ll have to leave it there” news media. I don’t think he’ll get away with it.