Mitt Romney’s senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom says that the general election allows Romney to press a “reset button” on his issue positions, and that it’s “almost like an Etch A Sketch — you can shake it up and we start all over again.”
This confirms what most people who have been paying attention to Romney’s political career already know: Romney is a serial panderer. The term “flip flopping” doesn’t really fit because that phrase suggests that he had a position to flip from. But in reality Romney doesn’t seem to actually have any positions, he only has the things he says to appeal to whoever he is talking to at that particular moment.
In the Republican primary he’s talking to mostly far right wing Republican voters so he pretends to have a lot of right wing positions. When he was running for office in Massachusetts he had to appeal to a more liberal crowd so he pretended to have progressive positions.
This fall he’ll probably pretend to be somewhere in-between while saying we should ignore his previous pandering to right wingers in the Republican primaries and to progressives in Massachusetts.
With all of this pretending it’s impossible to know what Romney actually believes about anything.