In a visit to Ohio today, Mitt Romney declined to state his position on a high-profile referendum there on the new state law that curtails the bargaining rights of public employee unions. But earlier this year, Romney indicated support for the reforms signed by Gov. John Kasich.
What makes this whole situation even more bizarre: Romney was at a GOP phone bank where volunteers were making calls about the collective bargaining measures when he refused his support. His typically milquetoast statement: “I am not speaking about the particular ballot issues. Those are up to the people of Ohio.” Then don’t go there for a photo-op, Mitt.
I’ve had my fill of Romney the “decline to state” candidate. I don’t need him to tell me that Massachusetts is free to design its own unique health care reform; I need him to tell me why he signed it. I don’t need him to tell me that it’s Ohio voters who get the final say on state referendums; I need him to tell me whether he believes those referendums are worthwhile. In essence, I need him to run for president, not for junior high civics teacher. At the moment, I’m not sure he has the core convictions that either position requires.