We should have seen it coming. For months, Mitt Romney ran further and further to the right. Then during last night’s debate with President Obama, Romney did an about face. Living up to the Etch-A-Sketch strategy that Mitt’s campaign manager promised following the Teapublican primaries, he abandoned most of the right wing rhetoric and ideas he promoted in the primaries and promised to be a moderate healer, instead.
Defying arithmetic, he promised to increase spending for the military, cut taxes for everybody, cut healthcare costs while repealing Obamacare, increase spending for education and student loans, increase spending for Medicare and Medicaid, maintain Social Security and create 12 million jobs.
And, of course, while doing all that, he promises to cut the deficit and the national debt – all without revealing a single detail or plan other than to say he would cut funding for PBS and Big Bird.
Disregarding the fact that there is no possible way to pay for his promises, has he forgotten that he’s living in the 21st century? We have an endless number of video recordings which show him saying that he will privatize Social Security, voucherize Medicare, slash Medicaid spending, eliminate the Department of Education, cut taxes for the wealthy, cut taxes for businesses, eliminate tax deductions for the middle class, cut Pell grants for students and turn back the clock on healthcare.
About the only thing consistent with his statements in previous speeches and debates was the promise to increase defense spending even more than the Department of Defense has asked for.
Of course, political pundits have already concluded that Romney won the first debate. If so, it was only because President Obama couldn’t tell who he was debating. It wasn’t Mitt. It was some guy who looks like Mitt but who was espousing a completely different platform from the plutocrat who won the Teapublican nomination. That Mitt was decidedly anti-middle class, anti-woman, anti-health reform, anti-green energy, anti-small business, anti-entitlement, anti-education, anti-government, anti-environment, and pro-war.
It’s not easy debating someone who’s willing to lie about absolutely anything and everything to get elected.