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What Edwards and Romney Have in Common

According to Chapman, great hair, firm jaws, and flexibile views. They’re really two Mr. Potato Heads. This is actually an exaggeration: Eduwards seems to have embraced his leftist niche with new-found conviction and an impressive articulation of policies (health care, for example). Romney’s new fiscal conservatism is pretty suspect, and he still needs more real policies. But the truth, I think, is that he hid his conservatism in that unfriendly Massachusetts environment, and the new, distinctively conservative Mitt is probably closer to the real Mitt. But to become more trustworthy, he actually might learn something from Edwards’ message-based discipline. McCain, for example, makes two good points against Mitt on immigration: First, his position on this issue has been neither stable nor consistent. Second, he really hasn’t come up with a plausible alternative to the bill John championed, which could be called better than nothing.

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Edwards is a creepy, dangerous man, but he does seem to "mean it" ideologically. Romney is much more decent and likeable, but I have serious doubts about whether he means it ideologically.

The only stability in Romney's positions is his unflagging desire for high office.

But then again, Romney never would have been so stupid to try to ram this unpopular bill down America's throat. It's a "comprehensive" disaster.

David Frisk--your comparison is on the money.

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