Poor Mitt Romney - he was trounced soundly at the debate the other night. Aside from doing a great job of tearing down Romney's plan (or lack of thereof) and general stances, the president also pointed out Romney's habit of flip flopping. For example, "Romney was for an assault weapons ban before he was against it". In Romney's defense, however, the flip flopping and inability to keep up with the president was not really the ex-governor's fault. The problem lies in the fact that Romney wasn't allowed to use his trusty teleprompters, with the scripts written by his handlers, outlining what they want him to say. Generally, the message will change according to the audience. If he is speaking in front of a women's group while running for governor of a liberal state, he will talk about how his mother's own opinions influenced him to be pro-choice and he will pretend to be supportive of them. If he's in front of an urban audience, he'll break out into a 15 year old song like "Who Let the Dogs Out", complete with scripted fist-pump. If he's speaking before a conservative Christian group, he'll recite a speech that includes pro-life rhetoric, gun talk and some mumblings about faith, to try to prove that he really is a Christian, despite what the evangelicals say. Lastly, if Sheldon Adelson or the Koch Brothers are in the audience, he'll say whatever he thinks they want to hear - after all, they paid $100 million dollars and at that price point, a robot is expected to perform as programmed. Clearly, without his teleprompters, he is lost. He doesn't know whether he is supposed to flip or to flop. He doesn't know what direction he's supposed to turn the little knob on his Etch-a-sketch, or whether to just shake it, erase, and start all over, as he did with his gubernatorial records.
What do you think? Should poor Mitt Romney be allowed to use his big, shiny teleprompter? Look how nice it is; it cost him a lot of money, so let him use it. Even with that handicap, he can't win.