Oh, what a tangled web we weave….
So in case you haven’t heard, ol Mitt Romney is in a bit of a tizzy over what’s happening in Michigan. As Nate Silver has noted, polls that until recently seemed to suggest that Romney would likely carry his home state have swung suddenly and violently in the direction of his principal rival for the GOP nomination, and now the race between Romney and Rick Santorum is too close to call.
A frustrating development for Romney, moreover, is a sudden bout of Democratic enthusiasm for his opponent, with the Santorum Campaign and UAW officials hoping to mobilize a large Union turnout in favor of the onetime Senator from Pennsylvannia and present day candidate for Pope of America. The Romney campaign is alleging that this mob of temporary turncoats is little more than a dirty trick designed to weaken Romney and ensure that the least electable GOP candidate gets the Republican nomination:
“It’s outrageous to see Rick Santorum team up with the Obama people and go out after union labor in Detroit and try and get them to vote against me,” Mr. Romney said.
Is it a dirty trick, as Romney alleges?
Maybe, maybe not. OK, probably. But before vociferously accusing his opponents of dirty tricks, Mittens might want to re-visit an interview he gave to ABC News back in 2007:
ABC News’ Jonathan Greenberger Reports: Republican presidential candididate Mitt Romney offered a new explanation today for why he supported a Democrat in 1992.
That year, Romney, then a registered independent, voted for former Sen. Paul Tsongas in the 1992 Democratic presidential primary. He told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, in an interview that will air Sunday on “This Week,” that his vote was meant as a tactical maneuver aimed at finding the weakest opponent for incumbent President George H.W. Bush.
“In Massachusetts, if you register as an independent, you can vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary,” said Romney, who until he made an unsuccessful run for Senate in 1994 had spent his adult life as a registered independent. “When there was no real contest in the Republican primary, I’d vote in the Democrat primary, vote for the person who I thought would be the weakest opponent for the Republican.”
My dear Mitt, I do believe that the petard on which you will soon be hoisted is your very own, if I’m not mistaken…