If anyone needed proof that Mitt Romney is more liberal than he is center-right, they needn’t look further than Mitt’s interview on FNS. Here’s what Mitt said:
But Romney also emphasized contrasts between his economic plans and those of other Republican candidates by saying that he does not support major tax cuts for the rich.
“The people who have been hurt are in the middle class,” Romney said. “I’m not looking to dramatically reduce taxes for the wealthiest in society.”
The only thing I can think of for Mitt’s playing the class warfare card is to appeal to the most liberal parts of the GOP. That’s his right but it’s a stupid move, strategically speaking.
He’ll get their votes but he’s essentially telling conservatives that they aren’t a priority for his campaign. This shows that his saying he’s the “ideal [TEA Party] candidate” isn’t serious because ‘Mitt, the conservative’ isn’t real.
This morning’s interview is just another tidbit of proof that Mitt’s a typical shape-shifting politician. While Mitt was playing the class warfare card, he also played the ‘I’m a true conservative card’:
Fox host Chris Wallace pressed Romney on his support for the Ryan budget, suggesting that Ryan’s plans to eliminate $700 billion in aid to states, including $127 billion in food stamps, would make Romney vulnerable to Democratic attacks in the general election. Romney said that he would help the poor by growing the economy, and suggested that cutting government benefits for the poor wouldn’t cause problems.
“Cutting welfare spending dramatically, I don’t think will hurt the poor,” Romney said.
How foolish is that? In one exchange, Mitt said something that the conservative base will heartily disagree with him on. In another exchange, Mitt said something that’ll alienate moderates and left-of-center voters.
I said in this post that Mitt’s making alot of unforced errors. Based on Mitt’s interview with Chris Wallace, Mitt’s making more unforced errors. It’s amazing that Charles Krauthammer, the NRO Editorial Board or Hugh Hewitt haven’t uttered a peep about Mitt’s unforced errors.
Instead, they’ve talked about how he’ll be a formidable opponent in the general election. If Mitt keeps making this many mistakes, I’ll ask what these pundits are basing their opinions on.