Two videos for your viewing pleasure. First, Mitt Romney appears to have altered his position on abortion yet again. You didn’t think it was possible. But here it is.
There are two key points here. First, for years – going back to a 2005 Globe op-ed – Romney has been proclaiming that he does not approve of abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the mother’s life. He said exactly the same thing in 2011 in the National Review, in his “pro-life pledge.” But in the above video, he notably includes the mother’s “health.” That is an enormous policy shift, and one that is frankly not likely to be acceptable to many Republicans if that’s what he actually meant.
Second, what is this sudden bizarre deference to the Supreme Court? In the 2005 op-ed, he wrote “I believe that the states, through the democratic process, should determine their own abortion laws and not have them dictated by judicial mandate.” And in his 2011 NRO piece, he similarly wrote that “I support the reversal of Roe v. Wade, because it is bad law and bad medicine. Roe was a misguided ruling that was a result of a small group of activist federal judges legislating from the bench.” But now, suddenly, he is content to leave matters to the judiciary, to the point of saying that it’s been “settled for some time in the courts”?
Note to Republicans who think they like Mitt Romney’s new positions: you cannot trust him on anything. Ever.
And this one is purely for entertainment value: check out Chris Matthews tearing Reince Priebus a new one. Priebus doesn’t know what hit him.