Romney’s IA immigration piece and his strange cynicism

Jonathan Martin posted the PDF of Mitt Romney’s immigration contrast mail piece in Iowa. He compares himself to the other top 4 GOP candidates. But look at the dates.

The thing that strikes me…. Romney’s position on immigration is defended with 2 quotes from 2007 and one from 2003 and 2004.  His quotes for Rudy Giuliani involve one from 2007. And a bunch from earlier. His quotes for Fred Thompson involve a 2007 analysis of much earlier facts. And earlier quotes. And his quotes for Mike Huckabee and John McCain are not of recent vintage at all.

It is undeniable that Mitt Romney flip-flopped on a whole bunch of things. And a number of people are comfortable with that. What I find so cynical about Romney is that he attacks people for formerly holding positions that he formerly held. Again, "flip-flopping for me, but not for thee." Thompson, especially, no longer holds the views that he was advocating back in the day. Huckabee has shifted to the right, something that I have blasted him on.

But you know? Romney has more money, and has done better polling. My gut is that he is going to pull this off. Not because his ideas are better. Simply because he is running a better operation. (Hillary Clinton, of course, is doing the same thing) That makes me sad.