Posted on November 23 2011 – 9:35 PM – Posted by: Doug Brady
Mitt Romney has been knocking other GOP candidates for being soft on illegal immigration as if his record on the issue is pristine. It’s anything but, of course, and today Newt Gingrich called him out on his shameless hypocrisy. Reuters has more:
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was accused on Wednesday of flip-flopping for comments he made in 2007 indicating he was open to a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
Romney’s remarks, made on NBC’s “Meet the Press” when he was a candidate for president, were circulated by rival Newt Gingrich’s campaign the day after the former Speaker of the House of Representatives came under similar fire for suggesting during a debate Tuesday night that he was in favor of such a pathway for immigrants.
Opponents of a pathway, a large swath of the early-voting Republican electorate, have branded the proposal as equal to an amnesty for the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants living in the United States.
Conservative Republican voters in early-voting states like Iowa have demonstrated little patience for candidates or office-holders who are receptive to any plans that would grant citizenship to illegal immigrants.
The Gingrich campaign noted that during the 2007 interview, Romney said “that those people who had come here illegally and are in this country, the 12 million or so that are here illegally, should be able to sign up for permanent residency or citizenship.”
Ace wonders if Romney’s incessant flip-flopping on practically every issue under the sun (other than his position that a government mandate for private citizens to purchase a health insurance policy is a fine idea) means he believes the Republican electorate is stupid:
But there’s a real shamelessness here that gets off-putting. It’s just not very honest for Romney to be so hard-charging as a Tough on Immigrants Sheriff Joe type.
There comes a point at which it does seem that he believes us to be stupid, or needs us to be stupid, at least.
I waver between thinking Romney’s aggression and shamelessness are actually useful tools in the toolbox — could use some of that against Obama — and thinking they’re liabilities. Sometimes stuff like this begins to undercut the central argument in favor of Romney — he’s smart, disciplined, and competent.
If he’s making attacks like this, shamelessly ignoring his own past… well, is he those things?
Romney not only thinks we’re stupid, but his entire campaign for the nomination depends on it. Fortunately for him (and unfortunately for conservatives), enough Republicans may well be for him to win the nomination, and thus guarantee another four years of Obama. When asked about this latest in a long line of Romney flip-flops, the Mittster’s campaign claimed he was taken out of context. Natch:
The Romney campaign suggested that Gingrich was using the quote out of context.
Really? Let’s go to the video, shall we:
What, precisely, was taken out of context? It sure sounded to me like the Mittster said that, in his view “those people who had come here illegally and are in this country, the 12 million or so that are here illegally, should be able to sign up for permanent residency or citizenship.” Did I hear that wrong? To be sure, Newt’s position on immigration has been occasionally shaky, but then he isn’t the one running around the country pretending to be Sheriff Joe.