A new Romney campaign ad quotes President Obama as saying, “if we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.” But Obama was actually quoting a McCain strategist, not making that statement himself. But you’d never know it from watching the ad.
But I think there’s a simple explanation for this. You see, Romney has been on every side of every issue over the years, often taking totally contradictory positions within a remarkably short period of time. So there is no distinction in his mind between a position taken by one person and the position taken by their opponent. The opponent’s position is just your own position you haven’t taken yet.