Rick Perry has pulled ahead of the pack and Mitt Romney did what Romney does best – retreat from his core beliefs.
“I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that.”
“It’s important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may be significant contributors.”
“I think there are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects. And I think we are seeing almost weekly, or even daily, scientists are coming forward and questioning the original idea that man-made global warming is what is causing the climate to change. I don’t think, from my perspective, that I want America to be engaged in spending that much money on still a scientific theory that has not been proven, and from my perspective, is more and more being put into question.”
“Do I think the world’s getting hotter? Yeah, I don’t know that but I think that it is.”
“I don’t know if it’s mostly caused by humans.”
“What I’m not willing to do is spend trillions of dollars on something I don’t know the answer to.”
“I do not believe in cap and trade and I do not believe in putting a carbon cap” on polluting industries, Romney said.
Just like he did on abortion, gay rights, gun control, immigration, campaign finance and health care, Romney has turned away from previously stated positions and sold his soul in hope of becoming the next president. The latest Gallop poll has Perry taking a commanding lead over Romney as Republican’s candidate of choice – 29% for Perry, 17% for Romney. Combine that with endorsements from climate skeptics in the Senate – yes I refer to the pathetically stupid Jim Inhofe…
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe said Wednesday that he plans to endorse Texas Gov. Rick Perry for president.
“I called Rick Perry a year ago and told him, ‘If you’re running for president, I’ll be the first to endorse you,'” Inhofe said at a State Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Tulsa Press Club.
“I’m going to be that person on Monday.”
Inhofe said he “likes Mitt Romney, but he’s a little mushy on environmental issues.”
…and what you’re left with is Romney pulling a 180…again. He sees his second chance at fulfilling his dream in danger of slipping away at the hands of a Texas fool and his gut reaction is to immediately pander to the ignorance of the base he so desperately needs to win.
One can almost feel for Romney and the dilemma he finds himself in. He has come to learn what it is to be a candidate in today’s Republican Party – a truth expressed so well by a reader at TPM.
You can’t have an informed, reasonable position on anything, i.e. one that is based on established fact or a preponderance of scientific evidence (e.g. climate change, evolution) and be a viable Republican candidate. Mitt knows this; Huntsman will learn it soon enough.
Faust is alive and well and living in the heart and soul of Mitt Romney.