In which Mitt Romney says, ‘My views are progressive’


In today’s Video Everyone Will Be Talking About Today, my fellow Buckeye ex-pat Andrew Kaczynski, who recently YouTubed the video in which Governor Romney criticizes John Kerry for flip-flopping, has unearthed another political gotcha

The current Presidential candidate is quoted in the video above during his 2002 run for Governor of Massachusetts:

I think the old standby definitions of who votes for which party have been blown away in this campaign. I think people recognize that I’m not a partisan Republican—that I’m someone who is moderate, and that my views are progressive.

Is it really that bad? Yeah, actually, it probably is.

Thomas Lane of TPM:

That might have been innocuous in Massachusetts in 2002, but in the post-Glenn Beck era the word “progressive” has a whole new (bogeyman) status.

Andy Kroll of Mother Jones:

In his 2010 book, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness, Romney huffed, “progressives…rejected the notion of universal truths, objective judgments, and, ironically, progress itself, embracing neutrality among competing belief sets and rejecting the primacy of Western civilization, the great thinkers of the ages, and the principles espoused by the Founding Parents of the nation.” Yet Romney once proudly declared himself a fellow of progressive views. Maybe he should apologize.

Kaczynski, a history major at St. John’s University, has a whole collection of goodies here, and was recently the subject of a feature in New York magazine.

In which Mitt Romney says, 'My views are progressive'