By now it’s not just Sarah Palin who knows how to answer the questions. Even Jon Huntsman knows the right answers. Are you in favor of ethanol subsidies? Huntsman: ”The debt ceiling must be raised this summer to cover the government’s massive borrowing, and we must make reductions in government spending a condition for increasing the debt ceiling. This will provide responsible leaders the opportunity to reduce, reform, and in some cases end government programs—including some popular but unaffordable subsidies for agriculture and energy—in order to save the trillions, not billions, necessary to make possible a future as bright as our past. ” Do you support Paul Ryan’s budget? Huntsman: ”I would have voted for it, including the Medicare provisions.” What about Ryan’s Medicare proposal? Huntsman: ”I admire Congressman Paul Ryan’s honest attempt to save Medicare. Those who disagree with his approach incur a moral responsibility to propose reforms that would ensure Medicare’s ability to meet its responsibilities to retirees without imposing an unaffordable tax burden on future generations of Americans.”
So, why doesn’t Mitt Romney know the answers to these questions. Mitt on ethanol: “I support the subsidy of ethanol. I believe ethanol is an important part of our energy solution for this country.” MItt on whether he supports the Ryan budget: That’s the kind of speculation that is getting the cart ahead of the horse.” Mitt on whether he supports Ryan’s Medicare proposal: “I’m going to have my own plan.”. . . “And I can assure you, before my first debate with the president, I will lay out what my plan is for reforming Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.” And Mitt on Romneycare: “A lot of pundits around the nation are saying that I should just stand up and say this whole thing was a mistake, that it was just a bone-headed idea and I should just admit it. There’s only one problem with that: It wouldn’t be honest. I, in fact, did what I believe was right for the people of my state.”
It’s clear that this time around, Mitt is trying awfully hard to avoid being accused on flip-flopping. Instead he has a new two-prong strategy: pander or punt. Let’s see if he offers real answers in the roll-out of his campaign or if he simply continues to criticize Obama for a failure of leadership. So far, however, Obama isn’t the only one who is failing to lead.