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The Marketing of Mitt Romney

The Marketing of Mitt Romney | DispatchesUSA | Scoop.it

For public consumption, Romney barely considers abortion worth a mention. For the conservative press, he's a gung-ho abortion warrior. Or, as David Brooks remarked in his usual low-key way on Frontline last night, describing Romney's sudden lurch to the right when he decided to run for president:

"He went to where the market was and he became the product he was selling. And that, on the one hand, is sort of effective. On the other hand, it's sort of disquieting. Because you think, who is he? What would he be as president? Does he believe anything? And these are the open questions that plague everybody who watches him."

Romney's business career taught him a lot about the power of market research and brand management. It's nice that he's found a new career where he can put that to use, isn't it?


Kevin Drum, Mother Jones.

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Romney: No abortion legislation - Associated Press

Romney: No abortion legislation - Associated Press | DispatchesUSA | Scoop.it

Mitt Romney on Tuesday said he would not pursue any abortion-related legislation if elected president. “We know the truth about where he stands on a woman’s right to choose: He’s said he’d be delighted to sign a bill banning all abortions, and called Roe v. Wade 'one of the darkest moments in Supreme Court history,’ while pledging to appoint Supreme Court justices who will overturn it. Women simply can’t trust him,” Obama spokeswoman Lis Smith said. Associated Press via Politico.

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Ruth Marcus - Mitt Romney's Extreme Makeover

Ruth Marcus - Mitt Romney's Extreme Makeover | DispatchesUSA | Scoop.it

Mitt Romney has a long, long history of chameleon politicking, as this article from February 2007 demonstrates (and there are plenty more to choose from).

Once again, in 2012, his views on abortion have a lot more to do with salesmanship than conviction. 

 

Most of the evidence suggests that left to himself, Romney is moderate on abortion; but there can be absolutely no confidence in his ability to withstand pressure from interest groups of any variety. Romney will simply be whatever his political bosses want him to be. He has no clear vision of his own.

 

The good news? Republicans are getting the message: Extreme social conservatism is unpopular. It has to be covered up if you want to win elections; and guys, in the long run, it just isn't worth it.

~OutNow~

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Romney Says He Won’t Pursue Abortion Legislation

Romney Says He Won’t Pursue Abortion Legislation | DispatchesUSA | Scoop.it

CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio – Mitt Romney continued his shift to the center Tuesday, saying he wouldn’t pursue any abortion legislation if he wins the presidency.

“There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda,” Mr. Romney told The Des Moines Register’s editorial board Tuesday as he sought its endorsement.

Mr. Romney, who is opposed to abortion with certain exceptions, promised other moves to limit abortions. Before traveling to Ohio, he told the Iowa newspaper he would sign an executive order to ban U.S. foreign aid money from being used for abortions. Sara Murray, Wall Street Journal.

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