It's official: Mitt Romney will now literally say anything he thinks the Tea Party wants to hear to prove that he's a real conservative. He claims he'll repeal Obama's health care plan (which was modeled after his own), he'll boot illegal immigrants out of the country ASAP (after employing them on repeated occasions), and now, he'll deny the existence of climate change (despite signing CO2 emissions limits on power plants into law in Massachusetts). Has any other presidential candidate run so vigorously and directly against so many of his biggest political achievements?
I can't think of any. But then again, few politicians are as adeptly chameleonic as Romney. Sure, most shift their positions to those they believe will be most appealing to voters to some degree. Most spew half-truths and platitudes aimed at energizing their base. But Romney's ability to shift positions so radically and so seamlessly is in another league altogether. After all, just this June, the GOP presidential hopeful said the following:
… I believe the world’s getting warmer. I can’t prove that, but I believe based on what I read that the world is getting warmer. And number two, I believe that humans contribute to that ... And so I think it’s important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may well be significant contributors to the climate change and the global warming that you’re seeing.
That was like four months ago. Now, Romney has changed his tune, after realizing how much Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and the Tea Party tastemakers really hate global warming. Watch:
Here's the meat: "My view is that we don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet. And the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to try to reduce CO2 emissions is not the right course for us."
Again, compare that with this: (Romney's answer is around 2 minutes in)
This amazing flip-floppery led Grist's Chris Mims to call Romney a "political windsock"; a fine descriptor if you ask me. 'Uber-desperate political shapeshifter' might be more accurate, but alas, it lacks the punch.