As Mitt Romney has been etchin’ and sketchin’ his way from being self-described “severe conservative” pandering to the Tea Partiers, religious extremists and neocons, he has changed his positions on a growing list of issues, particularly in foreign policy.
That led Barack Obama to say the big difference between the two of them seemed to be “you’d do the same things we did but say them louder.” He welcomed Romney’s newfound agreement on ending the Iraq war, leaving Afghanistan in 2014, expanded use of drone, supporting the Egyptian revolution and removing Muammar Qadaffi and Osama Bin Laden.
Both have declared their solid backing for Israel, and President Obama has a clear record of support, notwithstanding personality clashes with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who many feel has been meddling in the American election in an effort to help Romney.
After watching Mitt Romney cynically shift positions on so many things as he tries to shift to the center – for example he started out attacking Obama for pushing too hard the peace process and the two-state solution to criticizing Obama for not trying hard enough – it is hard to tell who is the real Romney. Jewish voters have to ask if he is so flexible that he can change his mind on so many other issues, how can he be trusted to give Israel the support he is promising as a candidate desperately fighting for Jewish support in South Florida?