09 December 2006
IS ROMNEY A FLIP-FLOPPER ?
Flip-flopper. The juvenille term was turned against John Kerry and into a political gold mine for the GOP in 2004.
But now one Republican presidential candidate may be facing questions of flip-floppery if his GOP opponents take that low-brow approach in the primaries in 2008.
Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, leading the efforts against gay marriage in his state, may have to justify his past stance on the issue with right-wing primary voters.
Bay Windows, a newspaper for the New England gay and lesbian community, ran an editorial Thursday calling Romney a "Big Fat Liar" for his recent crusading against same-sex marriage.
The paper cites an interview with Romney that appeared on its own pages in 1994 when Romney was running against Ted Kennedy for Kennedy's senate seat.
At the time Romney said he was not in favor of same-sex marriage but that it was an issue best decided by the states. Today he is in favor of a federal ban.
In addition, Bay Windows argues that Romney's 1994 position on same-sex marriage is akin to the present-day stance of Romney rival Arizona Sen. John McCain, a position Romney recently criticized as "disingenuous."
Romney, in the 1994 interview gave the impression he would be an advocate for gay civil rights.
"I think the gay community needs more support from the Republican party and I would be a voice in the Republican party to foster anti-discrimination efforts," he told Bay Windows in 1994.
The paper charged that Romney has since abandoned the gay community on a number of issues.
"His views on gay issues in 1994 are largely at odds with his stated views today," Bay Windows said in the editorial on Thursday.
But, a political analysts quoted in the Bay WIndows column said Romney is essentialy just acting like a politician.
Charlie Cook, the the non-partisan Cook Political Report, told the paper Romney needs to place himself to the right of McCain to have a place in the race.
“Clearly he’s moving to the right very aggressively and he has to. He’s got to move over to John McCain’s right using what issues he can,” said cook in Bay Windows article.
The paper said Cook theorized Romney also had to move far right to counter concerns in the evangelical community about his Mormon faith.
"That’s what politicians do, whether you’re a Republican or Democrat, a Romney or anybody else. That’s what they do and that’s what he’s doing," Cook told Bay Windows.