Hey, Mitt, Your Naked Opportunism Is Showing

Flip-flop on Detroit shows McCain was right not to pick Romney as running mate
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2008 3:43 PM CST
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(Newser) – Mitt Romney is speaking sideways when he talks about Detroit these days, Joan Vennochi writes in the Boston Globe. The man who promised he would “not rest until Michigan is back” in the Republican primary is now urging bankruptcy for Detroit automakers. “If the auto industry could reinvent itself as quickly as Mitt Romney,” Vennochi writes, “it wouldn't need a bailout.”

Romney’s “willingness to shamelessly reverse direction” shows that John McCain was right to keep him off the Republican ticket, Vennochi continues. “McCain knew Romney would always be a rival, never a teammate. His ambition is too naked. His finger is always in the air, not just testing the political winds but succumbing to them at first gust.”