Monday, October 15, 2012

UK: Trusting which Romney?

The Guardian

Why Mitt Romney is the wrong choice on abortion rights

It's hard to tell what Romney really thinks on abortion. But he'll certainly do what an ever more rightwing GOP tells him to
There are a lot of things to admire about Mitt Romney. His extraordinary number of both homes and khaki-clad offspring (and offspring's offspring). His impressive attempts to emulate the emotions of real human beings. And his campaign's increasingly creative relationship with the truth.
The latest example of Romney's kinda-but-not-really truthiness? His claim that abortion legislation isn't part of his agenda. Romney actually said,
"There's no legislation with regards to abortion that I'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda."
Which, as William Saletan at Slate points out, is a statement with holes big enough to drive a team of dancing horses through. It's also kinda-sorta probably true, in its way. Is "pass legislation about abortion" at the top of Romney's personal to-do list? No, probably not. After all, abortion is lady-stuff, and Romney has been clear enough that he doesn't much care for all of that. But in office, will he nonetheless undoubtedly end up dealing with abortion-related legislation? Absolutely. Will he also be in a unique position to change the course of abortion-related law in the United States? Yes.

Read it at The Guardian

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