|Source:Democratic Party- the question for 2012: who is Mitt Romney? Not sure even Mitt knows.|
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From the Democratic Party
The question I believe not just a lot of American voters, but perhaps especially Republican voters want answered in 2012 is: "Who is Mitt Romney?"
When Mitt Romney ran for Governor of Massachusetts, he was basically a Center-Right, Northeastern Republican. People who would've been called Progressive Republicans in the 1950s and 1960s. Republicans like Nelson Rockefeller, Prescott Bush, Dwight Eisenhower, Tom Dewey, and many others. Center-Right Progressives used to be a large part of the Republican Party coalition up until the 1980s or so. And Mitt was this type of Republican in 1994 when he ran for U.S. Senate against Ted Kennedy. Mitt doesn't get elected Governor of Massachusetts in perhaps the bluest of Democratic states (at least east of California, running as Bible Belt, Christian-Populist or Conservative Libertarian.
But now go up almost 20 years from 1994 and Mitt wakes up one day and realizes that he not only wants to be President of the United States, but wants to run in a party where he and his fellow Progressive Republicans are no longer welcomed. A party that's now dominated by Christian-Populists and has a growing conservative-libertarian base in it. And he simply can't win the Republican nomination for President, with his Northeastern, Progressive record as Governor of Massachusetts. So he feels the need to try to get people to forget about his past and try to tell people: "This is who Mitt Romney is now. You should forget about the old Mitt."
To put it simply: Mitt Romney is whoever he feels he needs to at any given time and any given place, to tun for any particular office.
If Mitt were running statewide in Mississippi (even though he was born and raised in Michigan) he would try to convince Mississippi voters that he's the biggest redneck, fundamentalist populist, on Jesus's Green Earth.
If Mitt were running statewide in California, he would try to convince California voters that he's the hippiest of hippie lefty's, who thinks men are pigs and most Caucasian-Americans are bigots, capitalism is racist and only socialism can save us.
We don't know who Mitt Romney is, because the one person who should know who is, doesn't know himself real well.