There is hypocrisy and then there is hypocrisy. Mitt Romney, presidential aspirant, earned himself the italics award again just this week.
He took umbrage at his words, "I like to fire people," being taken out of context and used deceptively against him by his foes in the New Hampshire primary race. How despicable! A nasty political trick, to be sure, but not surprising.
As recently as this past November, the very same Mitt Romney approved an ad quoting President Barack Obama as saying, "If we keep talking about the economy, we're going to lose." Mitt and his cohorts had to edit Mr. Obama's words carefully in order to conceal the fact that he was quoting John McCain during the previous election.
Truth is a rare commodity in electoral politics in any case, and Mr. Romney is further hampered by a short memory as he changes his positions like a weather vane. What is not seen every day is a politician raging against the very tactic that he so recently embraced. Those who are accused of "misdirecting" his quote can defend themselves by using the words of Mitt's campaign aide, Tom Rath, last November in reference to President Obama: "He did say the words. That's his voice."
Sig Seidenman, Owings MillsCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun