I’ve talked a little before about how a lot of the Republican candidates for the 2012 presidential election were very confused about where they stood on the issues.
During his 2002 campaign for governor, Romney supported abortion rights saying “I will preserve and protect a women’s right to choose,” during a debate against his Democratic opponent Shannon O’Brien. Then during his term as governor, Romney vetoed a bill in 2005 that would expand access to emergency contraception. In an op-ed explaining his veto he wrote that he was “pro-life” and also wrote that while he didn’t favor abortion, that he would not change the state’s abortion laws. Then six years later, Romney made clear is current anti-abortion stance, writing in a National Journal op-ed, that he supports overturning Roe v. Wade and defunding Planned Parenthood, “If I have the opportunity to serve as our nation’s next president, I commit to doing everything in my power to cultivate, promote, and support a culture of life in America.”
Romney recently flip-flopped on an amendment that would define life as beginning at conception which would outlaw most forms of birth control and throw women back into the dark ages.
At a campaign stop in Iowa last week, Romney said “life beings at conception, birth control prevents conception,” but said he was “not campaigning for an amendment of some kind.”
Even though, naturally, two weeks earlier Romney told Fox News host Mike Huckabee that he would “absolutely” support such an amendment. Certainly a statement, like Cain’s border control proposal, which leaves everyone standing on the fence about these presidential hopefuls and voters confused on what promises and opinions coming out of the mouths of the GOP candidates that they can believe in (Flip Lopping in the GOP).
The current front runner of the GOP candidates is doing a very awkward job of constantly back peddling like a very sensitive Etch-a-Sketch sitting on top of a rattling washing machine and it definitely shows now as he is realizing that his insane reproductive stance is losing female voters.
I think my favorite way to put this comes from Alter Net: “Female voters seem to be hearing the Democratic claim that Republicans are waging a war on women, most likely because there’s heavy evidence showing that’s exactly what’s going on. In response, Romney’s strategy has been to argue, ‘Nuh-uh! It’s you guys who are waging a war on women!’”
Romney is now attempting to grab his experience on the matter of women from his wife, Ann Romney, who has never worked nor has ever experienced what it was like to be a poor single working mother trying to support herself and her kids.
Romney saying that “women are too busy worrying about economic concerns to pay much mind to the Republican assault on reproductive rights” is just a slap in the face to women who believe that economics and reproductive rights often become intertwined. The majority of most sane women would rather have a say in what they do with their bodies and what the government does with their money. The fact that he blames Obama for the loss of more women in the workforce doesn’t even make any sense. Ask anyone, men and women have both equally struggled in this tough economy. And even so, according to whitehouse.gov “overall payroll employment rose by 121,000 jobs in March, and the economy has added private sector jobs for 25 straight months, for a total of more than 4.1 million payroll jobs over that period.”
I think I could respect Romney more if he were like some of his other wacky candidates and somewhat stuck to the same insane idea of totally oppressing females, but this guy has no clue what he’s doing out there. It’s all completely ridiculous and somewhat entertaining to hear the man fumble over his own past statements, but when it all comes down to Election Day I rather not have a constantly changing Etch-a-Sketch as a president.