Mitt Romney is doing himself no favors these days. Whether it is his lifetime hunter gaffe, his confusing French marriage law for fictionalizations of the Book of Mormon, or calling a ridiculous sci-fi book his favorite novel, he can’t keep his foot — in a silver space boot? — out of his mouth.

So Romney goes on the offensive, not against the foot in his mouth, but against the press:

"What I find interesting is, had I been pro-life and then changed to pro-choice, no one would ask the question," the former Massachusetts governor said on Fox News Channel’s "Hannity and Colmes." ”But if you go the other direction, as I have and as Ronald Reagan did and (former Illinois Rep.) Henry Hyde and (former President) George Herbert Walker Bush, it’s like the media can’t get enough of it: ’Oh, well, why did you change?’"

Did Romney even notice the question that Chris Matthews asked at the debate:

Governor Romney, in recent months, you’ve said you were, quote, "always for life," but we’ve also heard you say you were once, quote, "effectively pro-choice." Which is it?

This isn’t about the press. This is about what comes out of his mouth. And it looks ridiculous when he panders and spins and sticks his foot in his mouth. This could well kill his presidential campaign, like it killed his father’s. Another case of Romney emulating his father:

Romney was asked which president he would emulate should he be elected in 2008.

"Probably my dad. I loved my dad. And he’s my hero," Romney said.

His wife, Ann, who was sitting beside him, interrupted and said, "Isn’t he asking you to pick a president?"

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neil · May 8, 2007 at 1:01 PM

It’s especially odd because the Washington Post reported the France thing straight, without a hint of skepticism. I suppose if they weren’t biased against him, they would have not reported that he said it at all, right?

peter · May 9, 2007 at 10:25 AM

Sorry, but your last point is just plain wrong. Alan Colmes asked Romney “Who would you model yourself after as President of the United States? Who do you view as your political icon?” He did NOT ask which president Romney would emulate, as you (and Mrs. Romney) incorrectly suggested.
See for yourself. (around 4:15). Not a big deal, but your error is being repeated elsewhere, so I thought you’d want to set the record straight. Hopefully you’ll cut the guy some slack in the future.

eye · May 9, 2007 at 2:43 PM

WRONG! Either you can’t listen, can’t read, or can’t tell the truth.

Romney was asked by Colmes who he would model himself after as President. Romney started to answer “my dad” and then Colmes finished the question.

A proper transcript would be:

Colmes: Who would you model yourself after as President of the United States?”

Romney: My d

Colmes: Who do you view as your political icon?

Romney: dad. ….

It is clear both from the context, from what was said, and how Anne Romney heard the question that the question was about presidents.

Now, perhaps Romney had a prepared set of questions that Colmes diverged from. That wouldn’t surprise me given all the softballs that Hannity is throwing. But Romney CLEARLY did not answer the question as asked.

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