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Mitt Romney Changes Tune When It Comes To Michigan

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If you hadn't noticed yet, Tweedle-dee, Tweedle-dumb and Tweedle-how-stupid-are-you-to-take-a-fleet-of-jets and their scary Op-Eds haven't done anything to Save GM or either of the other not-so-Big Three. The Senate is not pleased with their behavior. But here comes Mitt Romney, "favorite son" of Michigan. The guy who took tons of auto-exec money and said this before the Michigan primary:

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Illustration for article titled Mitt Romney Changes Tune When It Comes To Michigan

"I want to bring Michigan back. I am not willing to sit back and say 'too bad for Michigan, too bad for the car industry, too bad for the people who lost their jobs, they are gone forever.' I will not rest when I am president of the United States until Michigan is brought back."

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January is a long time ago in Romneyville as Mitt said this in the NY Times earlier this week:

IF General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed.

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What's the difference? After losing both the New Hampshire and Iowa primaries, Michigan became an incredibly important state for Romney's presidential quest. He was a big cheerleader for the auto industry and, according to the NY Times He:

campaigned as a populist champion for the auto industry on his way to winning Michigan’s primary last year, excoriating Senator John McCain for declaring on the stump that some of the industry’s lost jobs were not coming back.

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Circumstances are different now and the $700 billion treasury bailout enraged small business conservatives. Michigan isn't as important a state for Romney as it once was and, if he wants to stay relevant, talking about the Detroit bailout has proven to be a big way to gain attention. There's nothing wrong about believing that bankruptcy is the best path for the automakers. Many would disagree, but it is a completely valid point. What's wrong is that when Romney says Detroit shouldn't "ask Washington to give shareholders and bondholders a free pass — they bet on management and they lost," he fails to mention that in Michigan, during the primary, he also bet on Michigan. He said that he opposed new mileage requirements. He said we should give aid to bailout health care and pension costs of the automakers. From another article in January:

Romney proposed increased government spending for research on advanced fuels and vehicles, aid to automakers to deal with the costs of health care and pensions for retirees, and tax cuts for most taxpayers to help them buy new cars. [...] In Warren, McCain said he would be "ashamed" to tell voters that the lost jobs would return to Michigan, but he vowed to take care of displaced workers through a promised job retraining program that would be offered through community colleges.

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There's nothing outrageous about what Romney is saying, but we have yet to see him aknowledge why he suddenly changed his mind. [Photos by Bryan Mitchell/Getty Images, Scott Olson/Getty Images, GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images, Bill Pugliano/Getty Images, J.D. Pooley/Getty Images ]

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Rob Emslie

Palin had problems with her lack of knowledge

Hilary was saddled with her husband's baggage

McCain was too old, it is true

And so Obama turned the red states to blue

But what of the others, who started this election

Those electrifying folks who gave us erections

Of grandstands so they could orate like Biden

And make promises in hopes of luring the undecided

Remember Ron Paul, Giuliani and ol' Huckabee?

It seems only yesterday they were all on TV

Thompson and Brownback like ships in the night

Passed into our consciousness and then out of sight

But there's one candidate, who won't go away

Mitt Romney's so tall, he appears here to stay

Like the Cat in the Hat, or omnipresent Barney Rubble

He spouts Midwestern patois about the auto industry trouble

They should be saved he was once heard to say

Feed them to the wolves, he was quoted today

His flipping has flopped, his logic has stopped

Good ol' Mitt's not liking what GM has wrought

Maybe if we ignore his soliloquies

He'll fade back into abject obscurity

As nothing hurts a politician

More than a mass repudiation

But I doubt that will work

Because even though he's a jerk

The news media need something to tell

And so we'll get 4 more years of this hell