Romney’s Rules of Political Order
As beautifully deduced at XPOSTFACTIOD:
… As a private equity chief, Romney was a master of playing a rigged game, or of himself rigging games in his firm’s favor; he has carried that skill to the political arena. He would have the election played by Romney Rules, compiled below.
1. Context doesn’t matter. Anything you say I may use against you, e.g., by making it sound like you said the opposite.
2. My record shall be judged by different standards from that of my opponent. For example, job losses in my first year in office don’t count; in his, they shall define his entire record.
3. What I said 18, 10, 4, or 3 years ago doesn’t matter. Erase it from your mind. I’ve been as consistent as human beings (all three of me) can be.
4. When confronted directly with past positions that seem to contradict current ones, I may so thoroughly bend the positions back against each other that none shall be able to penetrate my paradoxes.
5. I may erase the memory of my record of past moderation by attacking my opponents for their imagined moderation.
6. It’s not my responsibility to counter the lies, smears, paranoid delusions or bloodthirstiness of my supporters.
Update, 6/11: today emergeth Romney Rule #11: I may simultaneously level mutually exclusive charges against my opponent.
For the full list see the original excellent post with links to examples of each Rule in action at xpostfactoid.blogspot.com