The Rudy-Romney war over who did what when he was in office with regard to sanctuary cites goes on. Romney accused Rudy of harboring illegals while he was Mayor of New York. Rudy struck back and “friends” offered up clippings showing that Romney did precious little, in fact increased funding, with regard to three sanctuary cities in Massachusetts. Needing a nifty metaphor the Rudy camp came up with this to describe Romney on immigration: “Mr. Magoo to Yosemite Sam.” Aside from encouraging a hobby in coining movie metaphors for candidates, the Rudy team may now see this flap as a chance to reinvigorate the flip flopper theme. (They also have reminded reporters of Romney’s plea in the debate on Sunday to let candidates characterize their own records.)
In that regard, Mike Huckabee is joining in on the flip flop chorus, commenting in a Washington PostTalk program on Romney’s vulnerability in the general election: “Let’s assume everything is hunky dory with his views now,” he said. “The problem is not so much where he is but where he was and the fact that that’s a change and not just on that issue but on a number of others. What’s problematic is that it does represent a dramatic shift and the obvious thing that a Democrat[ic] opponent will do to him is to say he shifted once, will he shift again?”
On Saturday we will find out if, at least in the short run, a very contentious week for Romney has dampened his chances for an impressive victory. I’m betting that with millions spent on ads and millions more on organizing activities and plenty of buses at the ready Romney will win by a healthy margin.
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