“One day [Romney] has a certain strong view about staying in Afghanistan, but
then on Monday night he agrees with the withdrawal. Same thing in Iraq. On every
issue that was discussed on Monday night, Gov. Romney agreed with the president
with some nuances. But this is quite a different set of foreign policy views
than he had earlier in the campaign.” –former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a Republican, in endorsing Barack Obama for
re-election in an appearance on CBS This Morning.
And this from Andrew Sullivan:
Romney is a chilling shape-shifter who played a far right candidate for nine months and Mr Rogers for one. Can you trust such a man in the Oval Office? How do we have any idea what he’d do? His refusal to provide the math on how his budget plans work, and his endorsement of Obama’s foreign policy the other night while retaining all the war-mongers for the Israeli right among his advisers, completes the picture.
In other words, keep calling Romney a far-right extremist, which he is on paper; but say he can shape-shift and flip-flop at any moment as we can now see. He’s both. He was a severe conservative because he is a flip-flopper. And not just a tactical one, like many pols. But a structural one – a man with no core but Mormonism, which itself can change doctrine at any moment with no explanation in the pursuit of market share.