Mitt’s Heartfelt Convictions Do Another Flip-Flop; Now He Supports Pardons

If, like most Democrats, you weren’t born with the defective gene that causes the brain to short-circuit and allows the mouth to lie and spew hypocrisy even while the vocal tones and facial expression exhibit assertions of extreme sanctimony, you might not appreciate Mitt Romney’s interpretation of the Bush/Libby commutation.

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney…yesterday called President Bush’s commutation of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s prison sentence “reasonable.”

Romney often proudly points out that he was the first governor in modern Massachusetts history to deny every request for a pardon or commutation during his four years in office.

Defending Bush, Romney, a Republican, said at a campaign stop that “the president looked very carefully at the setting” before deciding to commute the 2 1/2-year sentence given the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney in the CIA leak case…

As governor, Romney twice rejected a pardon for Anthony Circosta, who at 13 was convicted of assault for shooting a boy in the arm with a BB gun — a shot that didn’t break the skin. Circosta worked his way through college, joined the Army National Guard, and led a platoon of 20 soldiers in Iraq’s deadly Sunni triangle.

In 2005, as he was serving in Iraq, he sought a pardon so he could to fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer.

In his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, Romney often proudly points out that he was the first governor in modern Massachusetts history to deny every request for a pardon or commutation during his four years in office.

6 Comments

  • Steven
    July 4, 2007 - 6:56 pm | Permalink

    I think you don’t have a point in that same statment Romney pointed out that he felt that President Bush’s choice to commute was reasonable and felt it did not need a full pardon, you should stop spreading bull and lies. Get your story straight.

  • Greg Bacon
    July 5, 2007 - 4:51 am | Permalink

    We should thank the Bush/Cheney Mob for tailoring their needs to our times.

    Gone is the tiresome document known as the “Constitution.” But not wasted, since it’s being used as toilet paper in the White House.
    Gone also is the “Bill of Rights.” Thrown away and shredded–for State Security reasons, of course.

    Now, we only have two laws to deal with, signed into law by an executive order by King George:

    Law #1: “I am the King.”

    Law #2: When in doubt, see Law #1.

    Whoopee, just think of the possibilities.

  • July 5, 2007 - 7:58 am | Permalink

    “If, like most Democrats, you weren’t born with the defective gene that causes the brain to short-circuit and allows the mouth to lie”

    How soon we forget. Do I really need to remind you that the poster boy of the Democrat party–Bill Clinton–is one of the biggest liars in history?

  • Hersey
    July 5, 2007 - 6:49 pm | Permalink

    Greg,
    I wish I could say I like what he’s done, but this constant unrealistic Bush bashing is tiresome.

    >>since it’s being used as toilet paper in the White House.

    hmm so much better to have sex in it.. and rent out the bedrooms for not only favors but for direct contribitions.. and i know you posted constantly about the complete pardoning of Richy Rich !!

  • July 6, 2007 - 1:49 am | Permalink

    You don’t know what you’re talking about. If Romney says he doesn’t give pardons, but says Bush’s commutation of Libby is reasonable, that is no flip-flop.

    Besides, Romney says he doesn’t give pardons as a general practice. He doesn’t rule out the possibility that he might give a pardon or two someday.

  • July 6, 2007 - 1:53 am | Permalink

    Greg, two questions:

    1) Which one of your Constitutional Rights, as guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, has been curtailed?

    2) How, specifically, has the Bush Administration done away with the Constitution?

    I’ll give you as much time as you need…

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