WhichMitt.com: DNC launches website to mock Romney policy switches

posted at 12:45 pm on October 10, 2011 by Tina Korbe

In another sign that Mitt Romney is actually a pretty formidable frontrunner, the Democratic National Committee today launched a new website to attack his notoriously fluid policy positions. WhichMitt.com features a multiple choice quiz to identify Romney’s stance on various issues, from Roe v. Wade to the economic stimulus to healthcare reform. The answer to every question is “all of the above.”

It’s clever, really, but a bit rich coming from the DNC. Has the Committee forgotten that its candidate changes positions from day to day? Here’s a partial list:

  • On deficit reduction: During the debt ceiling debate, Barack Obama called by turns for a straight debt ceiling increase and for a so-called grand bargain. Before that, he created a deficit reduction commission — but ignored the recommendations of his own commission. He talked tough on deficit reduction before, during and after the debate even as he proposed measures (his budget, for example!) that would increase the deficit.
  • On jobs: Something like twelve pivots. That’s all. It’s always — and never — his top priority.
  • On health care: In the past, Obama has said a couple conflicting things about a single-payer health care system, as Hillary Clinton’s camp was quick to point out in the 2008 primaries. Does he “happen to be a proponent of a single-payer health care system,” as he once said, or does he think “a single-payer system is an euphemism for socialized medicine,” as he also has said? Or could it be “all of the above”?
  • On immigration: In 2004, Obama said he was opposed to cracking down on businesses that hire illegal immigrants. In 2008, he said, “We do have to crack down on those employers that are taking advantage of the situation.”
  • On education: Obama sends his own daughters to private school — but, from the minute he took office, he attacked a program that gives D.C. students opportunities similar to those Malia and Sasha enjoy. Obama ultimately let the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program phase out. (Thankfully, Speaker John Boehner successfully reauthorized the program this year.)
  • On marriage: In 2003, he said he would not support the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. In February of this year, his Justice Department very unprofessionally announced it would no longer defend the legislation.
  • On Guantanamo Bay: Obama originally saw no need for military tribunals to try Gitmo jihadis — but eventually concluded the government doesn’t have to give terrorists the same protections as normal criminals.
  • On sartorial splendor: Obama even wears a symbol of his ever-shifting views on his chest. Whenever you ever see a flag pin anchored there, recall that, during the 2008 primaries, Obama disparaged the same pin, calling it a “substitute for true patriotism.” (Has he ever read George Washington’s Rules of Civility? If he has, he should know Washington firmly believed outward gestures could prompt inward conviction. When the father of our country had trouble respecting someone, he doffed his cap to him anyway, hoping eventually he’d feel the respect he expressed.)
Need I go on? Because I can. See related flip-flops: The Patriot ActThe Cuba embargo, Israel, etc., etc., etc. Will the DNC just please concede a WhichBarack.com website would make far more sense?
Sadly, rhetoric is a pretty poor guide as to what a candidate will do in office. For that matter, even a candidate’s record can be deceiving. (As Michael Reagan has pointed out about his father, his record might not have withstood modern conservative scrutiny.) That’s why the single-biggest question I wish moderators would start to ask at debates is, “Why?” It should be the follow-up to every question. When Romney promises to repeal Obamacare on his first day in office, the next question should be, “Why?” If a politician had good reason to change his mind — and explains those reasons clearly — then changing his mind was the very essence of reasonable.

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Gitmo, now shut up before we embarrass you.

rob verdi on October 10, 2011 at 12:46 PM

I swear, does the DNC really think the general election is going to be a democrat primary?

rob verdi on October 10, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Oof!

Punchenko on October 10, 2011 at 12:48 PM

If some did that about El Presidente Downgrade, they’d be reported to Attack Watch..

Chip on October 10, 2011 at 12:48 PM

If I were the DNC, I would take the GOP’s Kerry “Flipper” ad and re-do it with Romney

jp on October 10, 2011 at 12:48 PM

remember RINO ROMNEY is the electable one!

SDarchitect on October 10, 2011 at 12:49 PM

There’s not photo shop is there?

Cindy Munford on October 10, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Hey Tina…

… Why do you have pictures of two white guys?

/

Seven Percent Solution on October 10, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Mitt flip flops, much of it is situational. Massachusetts isn’t the U.S. ; On the other hand, Obama says all kinds of things that he doesn’t believe and doesn’t carry out. Saying debt and the deficit is a problem, while spending to no end. He doesn’t talk about the greatness of our country, though he has on occasion. But he never acts like he believes it. He believes in govt.

Paul-Cincy on October 10, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Why are we complaining about the DNC helping to bury Romney?

NotCoach on October 10, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Here’s a list of 33 Obama flip-flops, all accomplished while he was campaigning to become president (just as Mitt is):
http://jgapinoy.blogspot.com/2008/07/barack-and-forth.html
There have obviously been many more since then, but I don’t use that blog any more.

itsnotaboutme on October 10, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Gee, it’s hard to tell.

The left must be sure that Romney will be the one.

The fat lady hasn’t sung, by far.

Schadenfreude on October 10, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Tina, I understand the need to pull up Obama’s “flip-flops” as a way of demonstrating Dems hypocrisy but seriously does this excuse Romney from his own flip-flops?

Is the GOP going to nominate a guy that will be put on the defensive with regards to his flip-flops with his only defence being “Your guy did it too!”?

In a battle of Flip-Flop Obama vs. Flip-Flop Romney, care to wager who will win especially with a left-tilting media?

TheRightMan on October 10, 2011 at 12:53 PM

If some did that about El Presidente Downgrade, they’d be reported to Attack Watch..

Whoa, I guess you did Tina…. Don’t worry I don’t believe in those kind of Chekist or Gestapo like tactics.

Chip on October 10, 2011 at 12:54 PM

They make a good point. Good luck dragging Mittens across the finish line.

Kensington on October 10, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Mitt couldn’t beat McCain last time. There’s that.

faraway on October 10, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Seems to me, the DNC has far to much money and time on their hands, and this is what they choose to do with that time, and money?

capejasmine on October 10, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Mitt is the perfect candidate. He’s getting hit from the right and the left!

/frum, kristol, kondracke, krauthammer, will, brooks, douthat, et.al.

SouthernGent on October 10, 2011 at 12:58 PM

I wish Perry would stop attacking Mitt. This is just going to be used against him in the…oh, nevermind.

Bill C on October 10, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Punchenko aka PunkyBrewster…put the gun down, take a breath. This too shall pass…

katy on October 10, 2011 at 12:58 PM

So the line of attack is that Mittens and leftist garbage, are one in the same?

Okies.

Frankly, I could only imagine how much it must suck to be a leftist piece of garbage, in the 21st century…, “Ya, but you’re just like I am, so there!” Really biting insults there, Barry.

MNHawk on October 10, 2011 at 12:58 PM

That’s why the single-biggest question I wish moderators would start to ask at debates is, “Why?” It should be the follow-up to every question. When Romney promises to repeal Obamacare on his first day in office, the next question should be, “Why?”

Good point – get beyond the oft-parroted talking points. Make them explain the rationale behind their position and make it difficult for them to flip flop the issue later on.

Chip on October 10, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Why are we complaining about the DNC helping to bury Romney?

NotCoach on October 10, 2011 at 12:51 PM

We aren’t. We are pointing out that we should do it before they do.

Bill C on October 10, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Hasn’t there been some other campaign hitting this same theme?

Hmmmm…….

gophergirl on October 10, 2011 at 12:59 PM

If a politician had good reason to change his mind — and explains those reasons clearly — then changing his mind was the very essence of reasonable.

Well, I don’t agree with all that Christopher Hitchens writes, but I admire him greatly for having the conviction for what he believes.

Romney is really not much different from Obama. Squishes are always squishes. They are both as slippery as jellyfish.

Schadenfreude on October 10, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Another one of these? There’s already MittRomneyFlipFlops.com.

WesternActor on October 10, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Why are we complaining about the DNC helping to bury Romney?

NotCoach on October 10, 2011 at 12:51 PM

I swear that my first thought was “Mh, both sides are helping to rip Romney”.

Schadenfreude on October 10, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Why are we complaining about the DNC helping to bury Romney?

NotCoach on October 10, 2011 at 12:51 PM

We aren’t. We are pointing out that we should do it before they do.

Bill C on October 10, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Yes, it points out why we shouldn’t let the media choose him to be our candidate.

Chip on October 10, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Mitt is his own worst enemy.

He is also turning out to be our own worst enemy.

portlandon on October 10, 2011 at 1:01 PM

In another sign that Mitt Romney is actually a pretty formidable frontrunner, the Democratic National Committee today launched a new website to attack his notoriously fluid policy positions.

No Tina, it is proof that Mitt Romney is a weak candidate. The DNC’s mistake was not to save this until after Romney was the nominee.

Bill C on October 10, 2011 at 1:02 PM

If we nominate Flip Flopney, posts like Tina’s are what the election will degenerate into. Yeah, that’ll really boost conservative turnout, alright.

OhioCoastie on October 10, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Mitt couldn’t beat McCain last time. There’s that.

faraway on October 10, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Ouchy…!

Seven Percent Solution on October 10, 2011 at 1:05 PM

No Tina, it is proof that Mitt Romney is a weak candidate. The DNC’s mistake was not to save this until after Romney was the nominee.

Bill C on October 10, 2011 at 1:02 PM

For whatever reason the DNC has convinced themselves that Romney will be the nominee. They probably have too many cocktails with establishment Republicans.

NotCoach on October 10, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Since there seem to be no grounding principles to the Mittster, then why would anyone vote for him? Principles don’t change. Looks like he does.

BetseyRoss on October 10, 2011 at 1:06 PM

The difference I see is that B.O. lies….all of the time. Everything he said to get elected was just that, to get elected. Then his real agenda came out. I don’t call those flip-flops.

Romney on the other hand, does flip flop, depending on what is helpful when he is running for the Presidency. This is risky, since we don’t know what he will do. It may depend on where he stands on a particular issue. I just know that he’ll change positions if needed to get elected. Shifting sand isn’t stable and Romney’s motives for wanting to be President are suspect in my opinion.

Gov. Perry has made a couple of mistakes that he has admitted to. I don’t see flip-flops with him, nor lies. He was always my choice after Sarah and now he’s #1 for me. I don’t care that he’s not a good debater, I trust him and believe he is honest and governs Texas for the best interest of the people in mind. That to me, means he would govern the Country the same way.

bluefox on October 10, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Mitt is his own worst enemy.

He is also turning out to be our own worst enemy.

portlandon on October 10, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Indeed. You’re always wise. We should not let the media and the insiders choose our candidate. Not in this round. It’s the last shot at getting it right.

Schadenfreude on October 10, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Mitt couldn’t beat McCain last time. There’s that.

faraway on October 10, 2011 at 12:57 PM

My sentiments EXACTLY!!

Khun Joe on October 10, 2011 at 1:12 PM

See, I wonder if the reason they went to SCOTUS with Obamacare is to get it off the table for Obama in 2011/early 2012.

This way, regardless of who the nominee on the GOP side is they can’t win the OBAMACARE argument because it will be either “settled law” or give Obama a chance to say…..WE TRIED for you people but those rich folks in the GOP want to take away your rights.

And you KNOW that Romney in his heart supports OBAMACARE.

I think the GOP rank and file serfs might have a surprise for the Beltway Ruling class very soon.

PappyD61 on October 10, 2011 at 1:15 PM

And lets not ignore the liberal media meme of the day—RELIGION, and those lost souls pitting one religious belief against the other. Chucky Todd and the lemmings at MSDNC have been slurping it up all morning—Alinsky politics of dividing the masses. First, motivate your base with class warfare and then attack your opponent with the fear of the country being taken over by a Theocracy. How classic is it that these losers don’t get it?

IT’S STILL THE ECONOMY—YOU STUPID LIBARALS

Rovin on October 10, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Looks like the bigoted Perry campaign is now coordinating with the DNC. Romney is the ones biggest nightmare, and I find it funny this comes out on the same day as the Perry ad.

Chudi on October 10, 2011 at 1:17 PM

I have watched perry make a fool of himself in 3 straight debates. We can’t have a poor performer take us into 2012. I think I’m ready to jump on the Romney bandwagon. Like some of the other commenters, I think he is much more conservative than what the reality in Massachussetts forced him into.

darkegop on October 10, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Chudi on October 10, 2011 at 1:17 PM

You’re silly.
Perry coordinating with Obama? It’s far more likely that you are coordinating with Obama.

I think I’m ready to jump on the Romney bandwagon. Like some of the other commenters, I think he is much more conservative than what the reality in Massachussetts forced him into.

darkegop on October 10, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Interesting points.

itsnotaboutme on October 10, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Chudi on October 10, 2011 at 1:17 PM

You’re missing your propeller hat.

Schadenfreude on October 10, 2011 at 1:23 PM

I think I’m ready to jump on the Romney bandwagon. Like some of the other commenters, I think he is much more conservative than what the reality in Massachussetts forced him into.

darkegop on October 10, 2011 at 1:18 PM

No, he’s not. Also, not that this matters, but he’s also less Mormon than any think, especially those evangelicals.

He will say/do anything to win, which is his number one drawback.

Those who don’t feel it in their belly are no good.

Those who want it too much are even worse.

Schadenfreude on October 10, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Looks like the bigoted Perry campaign is now coordinating with the DNC. Romney is the ones biggest nightmare, and I find it funny this comes out on the same day as the Perry ad.

Chudi on October 10, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Liar Chudi, I must say I’m surprised to see you here since this thread didn’t have Gov. Perry’s name in the title.

You really shouldn’t obsess so much about him.

bluefox on October 10, 2011 at 1:26 PM

It’s the last shot at getting it right.

Schadenfreude on October 10, 2011 at 1:07 PM

As long as everyone’s on board with the primary focus—”getting it right”—means unseating the current President—period.

Let the primary process proceed, and then back the winner 100%
The Republican Party must stand united on this, for divided, we will certainly fail to send Obama back to Chicago.

Rovin on October 10, 2011 at 1:26 PM

bluefox on October 10, 2011 at 1:26 PM

I am now convinced that Chudi, is working in parody and mocking those who have allowed so little to dissuade them in thier support for Gov. Perry.

Cindy Munford on October 10, 2011 at 1:28 PM

He will say/do anything to win, which is his number one drawback.

Schadenfreude on October 10, 2011 at 1:25 PM

That is interesting since I just read this over at Redstate. I don’t have a link tho and haven’t had time to search for it, but here is what they said that his campaign said:

“Rick Perry is a desperate candidate who will say and do anything to prop up his sinking campaign. In trying to deflect attention from his liberal in-state tuition policy for illegal immigrants, he has resorted to repeated dishonesty, distortions, and fabrications about Mitt Romney. After a mere eight weeks on the trail, Governor Perry is poised to dethrone his one-time boss Al Gore as the most prolific exaggerator and truth-fumbler in presidential campaign history.”

From Redstate http://www.redstate.com/erick/2011/10/10/romneys-own-words/#comments

bluefox on October 10, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Just shows they are scared. I think this website will be about as effective as “Attack Watch” was. They are preaching to the converted, not beyond. Amateur.

nswider on October 10, 2011 at 1:33 PM

bluefox on October 10, 2011 at 1:26 PM
I am now convinced that Chudi, is working in parody and mocking those who have allowed so little to dissuade them in thier support for Gov. Perry.

Cindy Munford on October 10, 2011 at 1:28 PM

You may be right. He was on another thread the other night and he just called Gov. Perry a bigot & a racist, etc. But didn’t have any links or proof so many were on his case. I don’t recall seeing him among those that were anti-palin, but not sure. He just beats the same drum against Gov. Perry. There are a few others also, so that’s the way it is:-)

bluefox on October 10, 2011 at 1:52 PM

So your argument in protecting Mitt’s gazillion flip flops and lack of strong principle is to say Obama does it too? Pretty feeble for such a sophisticated opposition to toss out against the dirtyiest political machine in history.

The answer is yes, he’s almost like Obama, won’t roll back Obamacare , the conscie3nce clause, restory ethe Mexico accord, or attack the unilateral action of Obama in Libya, or the sofr resistence to sharia law infiltrating our nation ,but Mitt’s not quite the blustery windbag that McCain was -so elect him so we won’t be able to roll back the most desired and unilaterally impose Marxist freedom grab in history -Obamacare.That global warming energy weapon seems reasonable to him, and those bordor issues are minor impediments that can be fixed with a little amnesty for the children.

You can’t win this argument with a liberal RINO as our flag bearer. You (the right) systematically attacket and finally dumped Palin and now there are but unprincipled RINOs left once again(perhaps the limited in breadth and sophisticationof Herman Cain is the exception)But the media will make mince meat of him in short order.

Don L on October 10, 2011 at 2:01 PM

“I am not a which…” ad coming in 3.2…

Ronnie on October 10, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Actually, it isn’t a stretch to argue that Mitt’s flip-flops on major issues & President Obama’s flip-flops on major issues should disqualify both men. It’s hardly a ringing endorsement to say that our candidate sucks less than their candidate.

LFRGary on October 10, 2011 at 2:59 PM

He will say/do anything to win, which is his number one drawback.

Schadenfreude on October 10, 2011 at 1:25 PM

That is interesting since I just read this over at Redstate. I don’t have a link tho and haven’t had time to search for it, but here is what they said that his campaign said:

“Rick Perry is a desperate candidate who will say and do anything to prop up his sinking campaign.

bluefox on October 10, 2011 at 1:30 PM

I think you’re both right.
One ran in a conservative state and one ran in a liberal state.

sharrukin on October 10, 2011 at 3:18 PM

When Romney promises to repeal Obamacare on his first day in office, the next question should be, “Why?” If a politician had good reason to change his mind — and explains those reasons clearly — then changing his mind was the very essence of reasonable.

And Romney can say, “Why not? He has not changed his mind that healthcare needs to be designed by the individual states to meet their unique needs.

Buy Danish on October 10, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Wish the RNC would do things like this. The magnitude of a site like “whichobama.com” (which I’m sure they scooped up all the combinations in a proactive measure to prevent the RNC from using good domains) could be small search engine unto itself.

BruthaMan on October 10, 2011 at 3:19 PM

http://www.multiplechoicemitt.com/

iamse7en on October 10, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Why are we complaining about the DNC helping to bury Romney?

NotCoach on October 10, 2011 at 12:51 PM

I think it’s great. Let’s get this BS, specious gar-boj out of the way. Mitt will only be stronger for the effort from both sides. When he wins the nomination the blue team will be shooting blanks. Bring it on!

MJBrutus on October 10, 2011 at 5:38 PM

I guess they’d rather have Obama running against Herman Cain. Something about authenticity, I think.

njcommuter on October 11, 2011 at 12:50 AM