The Ever Changing Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney has reinvented himself yet again, Michael Luo reports, this time as an anti-insider populist.
Mitt Romney is leading a citizen revolution, or at least that is what he has been telling people these last few days as he has tries to right his bid for the Republican nomination.
It may seem an unlikely role for a PowerPoint-loving, buttoned-down multimillionaire, but there Mr. Romney was, on stage Monday here in his starched white shirt and tie, raising his voice to be heard above the crowd and portraying himself as the anti-establishment insurgent.
That Mr. Romney, the one-time leveraged-buyout artist who has spent more than $35 million of his personal fortune on his campaign, is now running as a populist insurgent may come as a surprise to some. But he has been through a variety of iterations of his message over the last year, donning at various points the image of a pragmatic problem-solving businessman, conservative ideologue and change agent.
It was in New Hampshire that he settled on a theme about Washington’s being broken and his ability to bring change.
But with Mr. McCain now threatening to run away with the nomination, Mr. Romney has melded the old with the new, lobbing conservative grenades once again while talking about change. His latest script is calculated to sound the alarm over the prospect of Mr. McCain as the Republican nominee.
Not all that long ago, the Rush Limbaughs of the world thought it was funny when Al Gore kept changing personalities during a presidential run. Now, apparently, it’s the only way to save the Party of Reagan. At least Romney’s not wearing earth tones, I guess.
UPDATE: Whilst looking for images for this post, I stumbled across Daniel Larison‘s “Romney Is Al Gore” post (via Andrew Sullivan) from a couple weeks back. Apparently, the similarities have been noticed by others.
I also came across this classic cartoon at Steve Rabin‘s blog:
And this one at Sameritech:
Romney Photo: Third Avenue via Google.