Meet the new Mitt Romney, same as the old Mitt Romney — which is to say, completely different from the old Mitt Romney, who was completely different from the even older Mitt Romney. He’s now running for the Senate from Utah and is rolling out yet another version of himself for the campaign.
Romney would like you to forget that six years ago, he courted Trump’s endorsement for his own presidential campaign “very aggressively,” and he would definitely like you to forget that — just months after a speech at the University of Utah in March of 2016 where he called Trump a “fraud” and a “phony” — he courted Trump again, this time to be his secretary of state…
Romney also says he wants to bring Utah’s spirit of inclusion to Washington.
“Utah welcomes legal immigrants from around the world,” the former Massachusetts governor says in his announcement. “Washington sends immigrants a message of exclusion.”
That’s another thing Romney would like you to forget — that he’s just as much to blame as anyone in the Republican party for the anti-immigrant message so central to Trump’s administration.
“My friend Gov. Perry said if you don’t agree with his position on giving that in-state tuition to illegals, that you don’t have a heart,” Romney said during the 2012 Republican primary. “I think if you’re opposed to illegal immigration, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have a heart. It means that you have a heart and a brain.”Romney also claimed that Perry’s state-based DREAM act, which allowed the children of undocumented immigrants access to in-state tuition, “makes no sense” and “cannot be sustained.”
He staked out a position on immigration on the far right of the Republican party in 2012; now he wants you to believe that he’s all for it. Just like he said that he would be stronger on gay rights than Ted Kennedy when he ran against him for his Senate seat in Massachusetts in the early 90s. He also said then that he was pro-choice and swore that “you will not see me wavering on that.” Until he ran for president and knew he had no chance of winning the nomination for the Republican party. And then waver he did, flipping to the exact opposite position.
There is hardly a single issue on which Romney has not been on at least two sides of, and sometimes even more than that. He will say anything to anyone to get their vote. But in Utah, he won’t need it. He’ll win that election in a cakewalk, almost no matter what positions he stakes out. So for once, we might actually be able to believe him. I think his nature is to be relatively moderate, like his father, who was a great governor of my home state of Michigan and an old-fashioned liberal Rockefeller Republican. But his ambition leads to dishonesty whenever he deems it necessary.