After gauging the political winds, and getting ripped by Team Obama, Mitt Romney has flip-flopped and is no longer just blaming Obama for the S&P downgrade.
This was Mitt Romney’s statement on Friday after S&P announced the downgrade,
“America’s creditworthiness just became the latest casualty in President Obama’s failed record of leadership on the economy. Standard & Poor’s rating downgrade is a deeply troubling indicator of our country’s decline under President Obama. His failed policies have led to high unemployment, skyrocketing deficits, and now, the unprecedented loss of our nation’s prized AAA credit rating. Today, President Obama promised that ‘things will get better.’ But it has become increasingly clear that the only way things will get better is with new leadership in the White House.”
On Face The Nation yesterday, Obama adviser David Axelrod ripped Romney apart, “Alright, but let’s talk about the rest of them, including Mr. Romney, the frontrunner, who on the day that a compromise was reached that at least set – made some progress and set a process in motion to do the rest – he jumped in after ducking and dodging and evading and took a position against this, without any solution. These are, presidential races are tests. And this was a test of their presidential metal, and in this case he failed and most of those candidates failed.”
This led to a classic Mitt Romney flip-flop today while addressing a Chamber of Commerce gathering in New Hampshire, “I don’t think it’s simply the president’s fault. I’m sure there are many people to share responsibility for the excessive spending in Washington over the past couple of decades.”
Over the course of a weekend, Mitt Romney went from blaming Obama only to blaming his own party too. Romney changed his position because he is trying to take advantage at the same time while distancing himself from the public outrage at Republicans for this downgrade. In the debt ceiling debate Romney did what he always did. He didn’t risk anything by taking a position. He waited to see which way the political winds were blowing and then he rode the breeze. When the political winds shift, Mitt Romney shifts with them.
This is the kind of “leadership” that Romney will bring the Republican Party as their nominee, and to the country if he is elected president. The popular description of Romney is that he is an empty suit, but to me he is more of a soulless political animal who say or do anything because at his core he believes in nothing.
David Axelrod has already become a top Romney nemesis. If Mitt Romney crumbles when David Axelrod takes his political scalpel to him, what’s going to happen when President Obama and his billion dollar war chest get a hold of him?