All Mitt All the Time
Sam Brownback fired the first formal salvo of the nomination fight last night. In a press release on the eve of Romney's announcement, Brownback's camp lists in painstaking detail Romney multiple flips from pro-life to pro-choice and back and forth again. You can see the release here and an article about it here.
David Yepsen, one of Romney's most ardent supporters in the Gang of 50 writes this morning about the challenges Romney faces in overcoming his evolution on key social issues. But he also notes Romney's strongsuits- business background, proven ability to work with Democrats and get results i.e. health care plan, and his ability to move up quickly in the current field.
The L.A. Times notes that Romney is matching McCain step-for-step in securing support inside the Beltway, highlighting the support he has from Denny Hastert and Vin Weber, among others.
The Boston Fox News station does a long piece on Romney's Mitt-flopping and has a slew of old Romney video. One of the clips we haven't seen is of Romney opposing a tough immigration bill, "I do not believe that we should deny all services to people who come here from across the border," Romney said. See the video here.
And if that's not enough for you we've got Michigan supporters jumping from Romney to McCain, the AP on Romney's announcement, a Jewish group criticizing Romney for announcing from an anti-semites musesum (who knew Henry Ford was an anti-semite?), A few things you might not know about Romney's bio, a nice National Review preview of the announcement and EJ Dionne doing a column on politicians who flip-flop on abortion.
Phew. Back with more later.
Update- Drudge has the text of Romney's announcement speech.