Following his primary wins last night, Mitt Romney now has more than half of the Republican delegates he needs to gain the GOP nomination. As he heads toward the general election as the presumptive nominee, Romney, equipped with his Etch A Sketch, is hoping that the American voting public—women and Hispanics in particular—have short-term memories.
Yesterday, one of his campaign chairs made the incredible assertion that Romney's saving his "real views" until the general election. Even though Mitt's spent the entirety of the primary pandering to the right wing, his surrogate Robert Ehrlich cynically argued on CNN that once Romney makes his "real views" known, all will be forgiven among the voters—especially women—that his extreme rhetoric has alienated.
It was no gaffe; Romney and his campaign team really do think we're stupid enough to fall for it. After all, it's the same strategy top aide Eric Fehrnstrom alluded to in his infamous Etch A Sketch analogy—the idea that Governor Romney can just erase all the pandering, all the extreme rhetoric, every last "severely conservative" thing he's said and start fresh in the general election, going wherever the political winds lead him.
Even Ann Romney acknowledged her husband's deception, saying, "I guess we better unzip him and let the real Mitt Romney out."
Is Romney so cynical and so lacking in conviction that he's willing to completely alter his positions should he win the nomination? If that's the case, it's up to us to make sure every voter remembers that Romney said he'd end health care for millions of families, thought it simply "marvelous" to cut taxes for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class, would "get rid of" Planned Parenthood, and endorsed the most extreme immigration policies of our time.
Good luck with your Etch A Sketch, Mitt. We'll be keeping you honest at every flip-flop along the way.