You know, Mitt Romney really is almost a caricature of himself at this point. Is there any issue he hasn’t flip-flopped on in the last few years? Any single, solitary one?
Today’s flip is on sex education. As noted earlier, Barack Obama has come out with what, in a sane world, would be a no-brainer sex ed policy: it’s okay to not actively deceive children with questions about where babies come from, though we don’t need to get too detailed — just keep it age-appropriate.
Needless to say, the conservatives have been all over this, screaming about how Barack Obama wants to teach your children how to use condoms zOMG!!!!onethousandonehundredeleven!!! And one of those screaming is Multiple Choice Mitt himself, pouncing on Obama and saying:
“How much sex education is age appropriate for a 5-year-old?” Romney asked Wednesday at a Colorado campaign stop. “In my view, zero is the right amount. Instead of teaching about sex education in kindergarten to 5-year-olds let’s clean up the ocean of filth, the cesspool in which our children are swimming.”
I’m sure you can already guess the punchline.
It turns out, Romney himself once indicated support for the same sort of sex-ed approach — “age-appropriate” — that Obama backs.
In a Planned Parenthood questionnaire he filled out during his 2002 gubernatorial run, Romney checked ‘yes’ to a question asking, “Do you support the teaching of responsible, age-appropriate, factually accurate health and sexuality education, including information about both abstinence and contraception, in public schools?”
The answer, pointed out by a rival campaign, was resurrected in 2005 when Romney was criticized by Massachusetts pro-choice groups when he began to push an abstinence-heavy focus on sex education. Still, his spokesman said then that he still backed a “comprehensive” approach on teaching public school kids about sex.
Honestly, the man has no soul, and not a single conviction to speak of. It would be funny if it wasn’t so frightening.