To the Editor:
On the surface Romney walks away as the big winner in last week’s presidential debate. He was clearly a more nimble, unpredictable, moving target, walking away with a seemingly decided win over a rather wooden, deer-in-the-headlights President Obama.
At least that’s what it probably looks like to most people. And you’ve got to hand it to Romney and his handlers — his performance was really slick. Moreover, Obama was certainly caught off guard and not on his game.
However, when you place the statements that Romney made during the debate in the context of other things he has said during the course of his campaign, what emerges is a picture of someone who is truly not only a moving target, but a transformative one as well. And you have to ask yourself, “Will the real Romney stand up, please — that is, who is the real Romney?”
And if you think there’s a simple answer to that question, then you’re as much of a fool as Obama looked during the debate.
The real Romney is inscrutable, with one exception — he wants to win the presidency at all costs. That is, he will say whatever it takes to whatever audience to curry their votes — and that includes making contradictory, incompatible statements from one occasion to the next or even during the same occasion.
Romney is an Etch-a-Sketch maven extraordinaire. But, with the exception of his ambition, that also makes him a completely hollow man — someone who has no center — someone you cannot count on for consistency and integrity.
The only thing you can count on with Romney is raw opportunism — a quality which may have served him well at Bain Capital. But do we really want someone like that as President of the United States?
Ask yourself that. Do we, do we really?