[H]e’s still militantly anti-abortion, right? Ummm….
“There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda,” the Republican presidential nominee told The Des Moines Register in an interview. The Romney campaign walked back the remark within two hours of the Register posting its story. Spokeswoman Andrea Saul told the National Review Online’s Katrina Trinko that Romney “would of course support legislation aimed at providing greater protections for life.”
Got it. For public consumption, Romney barely considers abortion worth a mention. For the conservative press, he’s a gung-ho abortion warrior. Or, as David Brooks remarked in his usual low-key way on Frontline last night, describing Romney’s sudden lurch to the right when he decided to run for president.
This is all intentional, of course. Romney just tells everyone what he thinks they want to hear.
In media that’s seen by more of the general population, he tries to act like a moderate. Then his campaign will turn around and walk back his statements after the fact because now the lie is already out there and conservatives can feel all warm and fuzzy that he still supports the same toxic bull they do.
The sad part is, it seems to be working according to recent polling numbers.