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Jeff Jacoby

Rebooting the public image

TAMPA

It’s the oldest political rap against Mitt Romney: He is an ideological weathervane, a politician with a well-deserved reputation for conveniently reversing past positions. His history of ideological reinvention — from a self-described moderate whose “views are progressive” to a “severely conservative” Republican — has been explored, attacked, defended, and ridiculed ever since he began testing the presidential waters eight years ago. Like his business acumen, his storybook marriage, and his Mormonism, Romney’s political switchbacks have become a mainstay of his public image.

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