Mitt Romney Offers TV Audiences Some Of His Patented Warp Speed Flip-Flopping (VIDEO)

05/03/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Ben Armbruster at ThinkProgress provides a helpful mashup video of Cylon Presidential contender Mitt Romney doing what he is best known for: wildly flip-flopping on his positions at warp speed.

At issue are two teevee appearances that Romney made in a single day. Mitt In The Morning went on the "Today Show" to tell Matt Lauer that among the things President Obama did right was that "he boosted our effort in Afghanistan, which is the right course to take." Then, Romney After Dark appeared on Fox News to tell Sean Hannity that one of the ways in which Obama was "tone deaf" was that he "should have been making sure that we're successful in our fight against terrorism around the world particularly in Afghanistan. But instead he diverted onto health care."


But, hey, that's Mitt "Dunder Mifflin Infinity" Romney. He'll tell television audiences what he thinks they want to hear without any concern about contradicting himself.

Beyond that, there's a lot of laughable stuff to be made of the so-called "merits" of Romney's arguments. Romney's not unique in the way he attempts to make it sound like Obama could have either chosen to focus on Afghanistan or focus on health care reform -- I've heard that weird argument made by many. But Romney is unique in that he founded Bain Capital, which manages $65 billion in assets related to "private equity, public equity, leveraged debt asset, venture capital, and absolute return investments across multiple sectors, industries, and asset classes". So, I have a feeling that Romney understands what "multitasking" is.

I'd also point out that in his appearance with Matt Lauer, Romney says that Obama has "done several things well, most of those things from where he changed his view during the campaign. For instance, he's left our troops in Iraq, and they're being more successful there."

Actually, under President Obama, the United States has been drawing down in Iraq in accordance with the process outlined in the Status Of Forces Agreement that was agreed to prior to his coming to power. And, as Marc Lynch pointed out in January of 2009, the SOFA that President George W. Bush agreed to was the one that featured "an Obama-style timeline for U.S. withdrawal". Obama has followed that timeline without wavering, so... sorry, Mitt: no change in view to be found.

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