Perennial presidential candidate Mitt Romney has announced that he is considering another run for the White House, a move that effectively makes the Republican this century's reincarnation of Harold Stassen.
Romney, who has actively been trying to foist his service onto the country since 2008, believes deeply that he is the man for the job, and he has been more than willing to say anything or align himself with any position in order to close in on his ultimate goal. During the 2012 campaign one of Romney's top aides made news when he told members of the press how easy it would be for the former Massachusetts governor to redefine himself and move to the center once he had acquired the Republican nomination. The aide said that the campaign would simply "shake the Etch-a-Sketch" and come up with new, more centrist positions.
But that proved to be too little, too late.
This election cycle the Romney organization is already shaking the Etch-a Sketch - and the convention is still a year-and--a-half away!
Romney was speaking pure Republican hate gibberish four years ago at this time, trying to elbow his way in among the certifiables in order to snatch the nomination. Now, however, he is differentiating himself early - perhaps a sign that the crazies are no longer seen as being in absolute control of the machinery of the Republican Party.
A few days ago the Mittster surprised the political world by speaking in sympathetic tones about the country's poor, implying that the nation has some moral responsibility to look out for the less fortunate who live among us. Oh, he undoubtedly is still focused on his base, America's millionaires and billionaires, but throwing some larger crumbs toward the poor might squeeze another percentage point or two into his vote total in November of 2016. But saying anything about the poor, other than they are welfare-sucking thugs, has been heresy in the modern Republican Party since the time of Reagan.
So what gives? Does Mitt think that he can break with the goobers who run his party this early in the process and get away with it?
Apparently he does.
Now Mitt is speaking again, and from the perspective of the morons who shared the stage with him in the primary debates of 2008 and 2012, he's getting crazier than they are. Mitt has decided to talk about climate change, something most members of his party deny is even occurring. Mitt says that earth is getting warmer, and - get this - it is getting warmer due to the activities of man!
Holey, moley! Climate change is happening - and man is causing it!
With this kind of a start, poor Mitt's Etch-a-Sketch is in for one hell of a long campaign season!
Shake it baby, shake it!