One of the fascinating things about Mitt Romney is how he seems to have taken what we all knew was true about politicians and doubled down on them and made them more obvious. All politicians pander, but Mitt takes it to a whole new level. And all politicians avoid getting too specific because they want some wiggle room and they don’t want to piss people off too much. But Mitt just comes right out and says it:
“One of the things I found in a short campaign against Ted Kennedy was that when I said, for instance, that I wanted to eliminate the Department of Education, that was used to suggest I don’t care about education,” Romney recalled. “So I think it’s important for me to point out that I anticipate that there will be departments and agencies that will either be eliminated or combined with other agencies. So for instance, I anticipate that housing vouchers will be turned over to the states rather than be administered at the federal level, and so at this point I think of the programs to be eliminated or to be returned to the states, and we’ll see what consolidation opportunities exist as a result of those program eliminations. So will there be some that get eliminated or combined? The answer is yes, but I’m not going to give you a list right now.”
Yes, if he tells you what he’s actually going to do, some people will disagree with him and think that they shouldn’t vote for him. So he’s going to keep it vague to make sure everyone can think that he’ll only do the things they agree with. That’s what all politicians do to some degree, of course, but you rarely hear someone say it out loud.