A very telling statement, from Gerald Rafshoon, who was one of Jimmy Carter’s press secretaries:
Scour Romney’s record for a single example of real political courage — a single, solitary instance, however small, where Romney placed principle or substance above his own short- term political interests. Let me know if you find one…
Romney has shown no such conviction, no such courage and no such strength. His campaign has been an exercise in feeble appeasement. The only thing he appears to be dedicated to is abasing himself to the hard-right wing of the Republican Party. Consider the way he allowed a foreign-policy spokesman to be drummed out of the campaign simply for being gay.
Obama isn’t much better, of course, nearly always choosing the path of least resistance. We see that tendency in numerous examples — his cave in on the Bush tax cuts; his almost immediate surrender on the issue of civilian trials for war on terror detainees; his failure to hold anyone accountable for torture, rendition or warrantless wiretaps, all clear and blatant violations of America’s treaty obligations, statutory law and the Constitution; his refusal to clean house in the intelligence services to make sure those things never happen again; his expansion of illegal surveillance; and so forth.
But still, he’s a piker next to Romney when it comes to craven pandering and an abject lack of political spine. I can’t think of a single instance where Romney has ever showed political courage. He has the personality of a mirror, always reflecting the person he’s speaking to rather than informing them.