In the lead-up to the 2012 presidential election, Republican candidate Mitt Romney was the recipient of a lot of media and political heat for having flip-flopped on various policy issues. On its face, the criticism was overdone.
Figure total rigidity in any one person’s thinking speaks to someone who lacks curiosity. If we as individuals are constantly reading, debating ideas, and looking seriously at how the policies we support impact others in the real world, it’s only natural for opinions to change. Romney, and all politicians for that matter, should be the most prone to flip-flops simply because they’re theoretically closest to the human results of their policy ideas.
Asked on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” about the minimum wage, Romney said he parts ways “with many of the conservatives in my party on the issue,” and went on to say that “we ought to raise it.” The former candidate’s statement was purely political, and a reminder that a desperate-to-recover Republican Party won for Romney losing to President Obama in 2012.