Hell, he’s reversed his position on every other major issue. Why not the flat tax as well? In 1996, Romney scoffed at the idea and blasted Steve Forbes for advocating one. Now? Why, he positively hearts the idea.
As several leading Republican presidential candidates embrace a flat tax as a core campaign position, one contender stands out in not doing so: Mitt Romney, who has a long record of criticizing such plans and famously derided Steve Forbes’s 1996 proposal as a “tax cut for fat cats.”
Lately, though, his tone has been more positive. “I love a flat tax,” he said in August.
Some conservative tax activists say his murky flat-tax stance highlights a broader complaint: his lack of consistency on conservatives’ core issues, like abortion.
“His problem is that people don’t have confidence that they know what he believes in, and I think there is a pretty good reason for that,” said Chris Chocola, a Republican former congressman from Indiana who is president of the Club for Growth.
Ya think? Mitt Romney only has one core, unshakable belief — that he should be the president. Every other position is prone to reverse itself on a dime depending on the audience to whom he is trying to sell that one core belief.