I didn't wake up intending to let Mitt Romney take over my blog today, but after a long period of inaccessibility, he's made himself available to questions in a way that reveals a lot about him. One thing that comes across is that Romney seems like a kind of character that, in recent years, has been associated with Democratic politicians, not Republican politicians. He's very smart, and he can use his intelligence to answer questions in ways that are literally true but feel somewhat evasive. Here's Romney confronting a reporter who picks apart his claims that his campaign is not "run by lobbyists":
Romney sold S&P on a Massachusetts plan to reduce corporate tax breaks:
“He, like everybody, when they’re raising corporate taxes, calls it ‘closing tax loopholes,’” said Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “A couple of these were real loopholes but by and large they were increases in corporate taxes by changes in tax policy.”
But a reporter asked him about loopholes, so he replied in a way that squared the circle. Clever! And also something George W. Bush would never have thought of.