Apparently, the former governor has decided to stop trying to be all things to all people; telling birthers that they are full of it, and telling critics of the Fed that Ben Bernanke is actually doing a good job under the circumstances. One of the things that annoyed me most about the Romney of 2008 was that instead of focusing on his economic chops at a time of economic uncertainty–even before the financial crisis fully hit in September of that year–he tried to be a latter day Ronald Reagan. This didn’t work, because he clearly wasn’t and isn’t a latter day Ronald Reagan; indeed, there are plenty of YouTube clips showing him dissing the Reagan legacy back in the 1990s. To actually win respect amongst people, Romney is going to have to anger some of them by disagreeing with them, and by taking on certain propositions.
It is good to see that he can actually muster the courage to dispute some really nutty ideas. We’ll see if it continues, and we’ll see if Romney has learned to stop pandering so much. He’s made something of a promising start in that direction.