I’m sorry, but I just do not buy Mitt Romney.

He looks presidential, he has some good experience and he has performed well in the debates. But something in my gut just does not sit right about him.

Part of the issue with Romney is detailed nicely in an article on ABCnews.com, in which they examine some of the origins of the McCain campaign’s assault on Romney recently.

Romney’s explanation of his change of position on abortion begins with a meeting in 2004:

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has long cited a November 2004 meeting with a Harvard stem cell researcher as the moment that changed his long-held stance of supporting abortion rights to his current “pro-life” position opposing legal abortion.

Well, months after this momentous meeting, Romney apparently had not let it sink in quite yet:

Within two months of his epiphany on this issue, Romney appointed to a judgeship a Democrat who was an avowed supporter of abortion rights. In May 2005, Romney also declared his support for a House bill lifting President Bush’s ban on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research — a bill he now said he opposes.

Now of course the Romney campaign has spun this information until it has gotten so dizzy that it puked on its own shoes, but I am having a hard time buying it. This still sits as a guy who is running a campaign to win, and not based on his true beliefs, which smacks of the guy currently residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. How is that working out for us?

Many moons ago, a presidential candidate was asked if he smoked marijuana, and he responded by saying:

“When I was in England, I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and I didn’t like it. I didn’t inhale and never tried it again.”

It was a ridiculous statement. He won.

Romney’s case on his change of heart is no where near as ludicrous, but it is every bit as fuzzy and shady. I wonder if it will matter.

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