This is just mind-blowing. Walt De Vries was a top assistant to George Romney. George was a deeply honorable man, a man of honesty, integrity, and courage--in other words, the polar opposite of his son Willard. De Vries's assessment of Willard is damning:
But it is Mitt’s behavior during this presidential campaign that is distinguishing – and not those
of his father at all. Since 2005, when he first decided to seek the presidency, his political posture
and positions have shifted in erratic and startling ways, to the right, to the middle, to the right
and shifting still.
George Romney’s strength as a politician and public officeholder was his ability and
determination to develop and hold consistent policy positions over his life. While it seems that
Mitt would say and do anything to close a deal – or an election. George Romney’s constant
mantra to those in and around his campaigns and his gubernatorial staff: “As you campaign, so
shall you govern.”
Mitt Romney and the people around him see campaigns as television marketing and voters as
targets to be manipulated. Voters, they believe, make up their minds late and will be swayed
with saturation television advertising. The campaign managers seek – daily it seems – for a
magic bullet to force on the electorate that will move undecided and weak voters to Romney.
Policy papers, positions are rare and short on content and meaning.
I've tried to track Mitt Romney’s shifts – some 180 degrees others 360 -- on key issues during
the campaign. I’ve stopped at 30: abortion, stem-cell research; climate change and global
warming; campaign finance; and equal pay for women are just a few. (My emphasis)
Americans--you have been warned. Are you listening?