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Top Story: Mitt Romney Admits Abortion Rights “Settled for Some Time in the Courts”

“Recognize this is the decision that will be made by the Supreme Court,” he said. “The Democrats try and make this a political issue every four years, but this is a matter in the courts. It’s been settled for some time in the courts.” [CBS NEWS]

AN INTERESTING place to start for Mitt Romney considering the background to the convention roll out is right wing Republicans who have made the entire party look like cretins. In his answer you see the germ of the man who became governor of Massachusetts. There’s no question he is an abortion rights opponent, that in his heart he’s against abortion, but unlike most of his party, Mitt Romney wants to send the message that Roe v. Wade is “settled” law. He also reaffirms the more sane position that in cases of rape, incest or the life of the mother, these are exceptions to his stance. Mitt Romney’s statement above is as far as you’re going to hear any Republican nominee in our lifetime go on this issue. That it sends an unmistakable message to women is the ramp to getting them to listen to him on the economy. Whether undecided or other voters who are softly decided will let this message in over the weeks ahead depends on Romney’s speech this week.

David Brooks hints at the challenge Mitt Romney faces in the coming days, with a snarky column befitting the moment.

Mitt Romney was born on March 12, 1947, in Ohio, Florida, Michigan, Virginia and several other swing states. He emerged, hair first, believing in America, and especially its national parks. He was given the name Mitt, after the Roman god of mutual funds, and launched into the world with the lofty expectation that he would someday become the Arrow shirt man.

[...] There was, frankly, a period of wandering. After hearing Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side,” Romney decided to leave Mormonism and become Amish. He left the Amish faith because of its ban on hair product, and bounced around before settling back in college. There, he majored in music, rendering Mozart’s entire oeuvre in PowerPoint.

[...] After his governorship, Romney suffered through a midlife crisis, during which he became a social conservative. This prepared the way for his presidential run. He barely won the 2012 Republican primaries after a grueling nine-month campaign, running unopposed. At the convention, where his Secret Service nickname is Mannequin, Romney will talk about his real-life record: successful business leader, superb family man, effective governor, devoted community leader and prudent decision-maker. If elected, he promises to bring all Americans together and make them feel inferior.

Who is this man about to be nominated for the Republican ticket? Lois Romano does a piece today for Politico about Ann Romney’s role to “humanize” her husband. Will people looking in give her and his family the chance? Romney himself has done a lot of damage to his own image over the last months, with the Obama campaign very successfully lowering the hammer to such affect that they were able to define him first.

We know that Mitt Romney is a devout Mormon who’s given more to his church than anyone else ever to run for the presidency. If you were worth a quarter of a billion dollars would you give 10% away to your church or favorite charity? He’s a family man who is unquestionably an amazing father and husband. The interviews with family now pouring into the media stream show incredibly touching moments of intense struggle that any family experiences. As for his career at Bain Capital that exercised Team Obama and his supporters, none other than Pres. Clinton lauded his tremendously successful business career, along with Steve Rattner, as well as Cory Booker, among others. When you look at Romney’s role in saving the Olympics, it was vividly covered Los Angeles papers where I lived at the time and the reviews were off the charts, as was the television coverage, painting Romney as the hero. Interviews with friends don’t recognize his portrait in the media.

The demonization on Mitt Romney by Democrats, with Team Romney utilizing their own on Pres. Obama, which Republicans have been doing for years, is the nature of American politics, as is the compromising and tortured political philosophy of both men that has rendered viewers of the spectacle, except for blind partisans and loyalists who support the current system, worn out and distrustful, including of the media covering the men who want to be our next president.

But Mitt Romney sent a signal with his statement on abortion. Oh, the partisans will say he’s lying and will do anything to get elected. That’s not really news, though, is it? It’s what all politicians do in this position. The soberness of Romney’s abortion statement seems to answer Kathleen Parker’s plea from Monday, What the *#@% Is Wrong With Republicans?

Mitt Romney’s answer is to state that Roe v. Wade is settled law; of course that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t be for overturning Roe v. Wade, it’s just not what he’s running on or his priority. Unlike his fevered base and the people who handed him the nomination, Romney jumped through the wingnut hoops that neither Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Rob Portman, Bobby Jindal, or Mike Huckabee, a man who Mike Murphy said could have gotten the nomination this year, would tackle. When you think about it, considering the zealots of the Republican base, it’s a miracle the Republican Party came up with anyone remotely sane.

Mitt Romney’s strongest pitch remains the economy, which is the voters biggest issue. So, when you take away the extremists who are killing Republicans with the broader electorate, the Todd Akin wing, with the economy still rocky and Pres. Obama doubted so deeply on his stewardship of it, if the media will cover Romney’s “settled” law philosophy on Roe v. Wade, while it being clear he’s adamantly against abortion, what might happen with women? Is there enough time for Romney-Ryan to bridge this wide gender gap?

Though Democrats won’t give him an inch on it, even if he does have his governorship to prove that he has respected the court, while going further to implement that decision in how he governed, which today would make the Todd Akin wing’s head explode, Mitt Romney’s statement to Scott Peley on abortion is a very big deal. It’s also why the wingnut zealots in his party don’t trust him.

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18 Responses to Top Story: Mitt Romney Admits Abortion Rights “Settled for Some Time in the Courts”

  1. ladywalker68 August 28, 2012 at 10:04 am #

    The Democrats make this an issue every 4 years???? Oh, puleeeze, Mitt, obviously, you haven’t been listening to the heart of your party or reading your party platform. I think you need to have your hearing and sight tested because it isn’t the Democrats who are making this an issue.

  2. ladywalker68 August 28, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    I wish we could edit posts or at least add to them. Meant to add, terrific post, Taylor. And even if Mitt is trying to strike a more sane balance to get women to listen to him on the economy, the person he chose to be a heartbeat away from his job is a man who believes rape is just another form of conception.

  3. fangio August 28, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    During his confirmation hearings,  Roberts’ also professed a belief in settled law.  So much for that.

    • ladywalker68 August 28, 2012 at 11:16 am #

      fangio–I wish there was a “like” button….

    • Cujo359 August 28, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

      stare decisis – it’s Latin for “I’m lying through my ass at this moment”.


  4. Jane Austen August 28, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    I trust him about as far as I can throw an elephant.

  5. secularhumanizinevoluter August 28, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    WOW! Once again Mitt da Twit lies through his teeth when he figures that’s what his audience wants to hear. Settled law…REALLY Mittens? How about your VP pick…it’s not “settled law” to him. How about your party? It sure as frack ain’t settled law to that mob of fanatics and zelots. Else why did they spend the last two years in the US House and in state houses all across America trying to deny women their RIGHT to reproductive choice. These lying hypocrites are sickening.

  6. Solo August 28, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    Mittens and his BS! Abortion is a political issue because the GOP made it a political issue! This guy is a lying sack of………….! Well I think you know the rest!

  7. casualobserver August 28, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    Whether undecided or other voters who are softly decided will let this message in over the weeks ahead depends on Romney’s speech this week.

    Too bad we never get to hear from them here.

    At any rate, I’d like to think this does denote a shift in the Romney campaign to go more middle of the road rhetoric now that the actual nomination process is being completed. As long as the favorite POTUS candidate here is proudly dragging around approval ratings lower than George Bush, the door is obviously never closed on Romney.

    I also think it is not just so much the nomination speech that is important, but also the stump speeches that follow. Romney is fine whenever he reads the teleprompter script like Obama. But just like McCain, it will be how he handles the weeks that follow.

  8. August 28, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    Romney would never overturn Roe vs. Wade.  He’s not that stupid.  Too many conservative women out there understand the need for it.

  9. Ramsgate August 28, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    Clearly, Romney will do anything, say anything tell any lie no matter how damnable to get elected.  Everyone should know by now that he is completely unprincipled. This week should be the high point of his campaign. And if this is the high point, he is screwed.

    I’m no big Obama fan, but he seems to be the Tim Tebow of politics. Not all that competent, but damn, he’s good in the last half of the 4th quarter when he is down by 5. We shall see. The Dems are useless but Romney is shameless, graceless and clueless. That might make him the Biggest Loser. :-)

    • August 28, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

      Tebow was traded.


      Hopefully, that is what will happen to Obama.


      • Cujo359 August 28, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

        You’re right, he really should be playing for the Republicans.


        • Solo August 28, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

          Lefties call President Obama a Republican and Republicans call him a socialist. That is why he’s ahead in the polls! He’s not an extremist.

        • August 28, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

          He plays only for himself.

          • Solo August 28, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

            A paranoid anti-Obama fantasy worthy of a Teabagger!

  10. newdealdem1 August 28, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    The Dems need to own the abortion issue and not continue to run away from it.    OWN IT!

    As for Romney:  to paraphrase a comment made by the writer Mary McCarthy about Lillian Hellman:

    Every word he says is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the’.

    • secularhumanizinevoluter August 29, 2012 at 7:33 am #

      newdealdem1 you seem to articulate so much more  eloquently what I often try in my quaint way to say.

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