Friday, Oct 5, 2012
THE REVERSAL: WILL THE REAL MITT ROMNEY PLEASE STAND UP.
Many readers objected to the political content of Wednesday's WN. I
confess that I was uncomfortable writing it, but the Romney Tape (WN 3 Oct
12) dealt with policy issues that could profoundly affect science policy.
My advice to President Obama would have been to make every effort to keep
Wednesday's debate focused on Romney's words at the secret $50,000-per-
plate fundraiser, including his remark that 47 percent of voters are
dependent on government and unlikely to support him in the November 6
election. I was in shock when Obama failed to bring it up in the debate,
but this morning at 6:34ET, there was Mitt Romney on CNN acknowledging
that, "I was completely wrong," in spite of the fact on Thursday, one day
earlier, he still strongly defended his 47% remark. I have no idea why he
changed his memory this morning, although several possibilities come to
mind. The president's reticence to point it out now looks brilliant.