In the first speech of the 2012 presidential campaign that he’s been running since exiting this year’s race, Mitt Romney used his convention address to castigate Barack Obama and the Democratic Party as a band of out-of-touch leftists — part of Romney’s ongoing effort to corner the market on the conservative establishment. "Is it liberal or conservative?" he asked over and over near the top of his speech, as he reeled off a list of government failures (at least as perceived by the right), from the lack of off-shore oil-drilling to overly-powerful teachers’ unions. After each item, Romney led the crowd in shouting: "It’s liberal!"
Which raises the question: Is it liberal or conservative when a Massachusetts politician…
* Promises to "provide more effective leadership" for gay rights than Ted Kennedy.
* Declares that "I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country" and that "I sustain and support [Roe v. Wade] and the right of a woman to make that choice, and my personal beliefs — like the personal beliefs of others — should not be brought into a political campaign."
* Proudly proclaims that he was an independent during the Reagan Revolution and that "I’m not trying to return to Reagan-Bush."