Panagopoulos: “At the end of the day, it is very difficult to change voters’ pre-existing beliefs, and it would probably take a much more powerful speech than the one Romney delivered today.”
Romney, with a straight face, without a trace of irony: “Americans do not respect believers of convenience” … “Americans tire of those who would jettison their beliefs, even to gain the world” …
“This from a man who campaigned for governor of Democratic-leaning Massachusetts as a supporter of abortion rights, gay rights and gun control — only to switch sides on those and other issues in time for the GOP presidential race,” writes the estimable Ron Fournier for the Associated Press in a story titled Romney’s
Sweet Spot Weak Spot
The first thing he did as a presidential contender in January was sign the same no-tax pledge an aide dismissed as “government by gimmickry” during the 2002 campaign.
“The Romney strategy with the speech appeared to be to try to kill two birds with one stone — to placate voters who are apprehensive about him as a Mormon or as a flip-flopper,” said Costas Panagopoulos, a political scientist at Fordham University.
“But I am not convinced he was successful in doing either,” Panagopoulos said. “At the end of the day, it is very difficult to change voters’ pre-existing beliefs, and it would probably take a much more powerful speech than the one Romney delivered today.”
It also may take more speeches …
More speeches!? Will this nightmare ever end?