This is the way politics should work. Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, a Republican who’s stumped for Mitt Romney, was asked by a reporter if Obama had done a good job helping out his state during the hurricane. Here’s his strong “yes”, describing how Obama facilitated government help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):
And here’s the way politics shouldn’t work, but does. In this bit from the Rachel Maddow show, Mittens implies in a debate that he would get rid of FEMA but then refuses to answer reporters’ persistent questions about that:
UPDATE, Thursday a.m. Mittens has flip-flopped once again:
“I believe that FEMA plays a key role in working with states and localities to prepare for and respond to natural disasters,” Romney said in a statement supplied by his campaign Wednesday. “As president, I will ensure FEMA has the funding it needs to fulfill its mission, while directing maximum resources to the first responders who work tirelessly to help those in need, because states and localities are in the best position to get aid to the individuals and communities affected by natural disasters.”
Wednesday’s statement came after the candidate ducked a spate of opportunities Tuesday to personally clarify his position and the statement essentially endorsed the current disaster aid system.
The only principle Mittens has is this: “I must get elected, and will say anything to do so.” If you vote for him, you’re voting for a mustelid.