The Washington Post’s endorsement of President Obama today is somewhat lukewarm (I’ll take it anyway) but in the closing paragraphs the editorial board shredded Mitt Romney.
The sad answer is there is no way to know what Mr. Romney really believes. His unguarded expression of contempt for 47 percent of the population seems as sincere as anything else we’ve heard, but that’s only conjecture. At times he has advocated a muscular, John McCain-style foreign policy, but in the final presidential debate he positioned himself as a dove. Before he passionately supported a fetus’s right to life, he supported a woman’s right to abortion. His swings have been dramatic on gay rights, gun rights, health care, climate change and immigration. His ugly embrace of “self-deportation” during the Republican primary campaign, and his demolition of a primary opponent, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, for having left open a door of opportunity for illegal-immigrant children, bespeaks a willingness to say just about anything to win. Every politician changes his mind sometimes; you’d worry if not. But rarely has a politician gotten so far with only one evident immutable belief: his conviction in his own fitness for higher office.
In the now infamous 47 percent video Mitt Romney claimed that roughly half the country are entitled victims, but the truth is very few people feel as entitled as Mitt Romney and his ilk does.
Entitled to status, entitled to power, entitled to low tax rates, entitled to privilege, entitled to corporate welfare, and entitled to their own laws.