(NEW YORK DAILY NEWS) — Jimmy Carter was asked this week about the prospects of a Mitt Romney presidency, and offered an unexpected response. “I’d rather have a Democrat, but I’d be comfortable,” Carter said. The former President added that Romney had at least been moderate “in previous years.”
The sentiment is not uncommon. The former one-term Massachusetts governor has gone through several iterations — enough to raise doubts as to whether he has a core integrity at all — but at least one of the versions was fairly sensible. For some, it’s reassuring to think Romney is putting on an elaborate ruse, and a closeted moderate may reemerge.
That’s quite a risk for a nation to take with so much on the line.
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The likelier scenario is that the presumptive GOP nominee didn’t just adopt a few conservative positions during the primaries to satisfy assorted party constituencies.
Romney has actually become the most far-right major party nominee in generations, eager to make the Reagan and Bush presidencies look almost liberal by comparison.