Today a top adviser told the world that Romney's conservative positions can be easily erased for the general election. From Phillip Klein:
Ever since he launched his first bid for the presidency over five years ago, critics have argued that Mitt Romney's conservative positions aren't sincere, and that he would start to abandon them once he was no longer trying to appeal to the Republican primary electorate. I just never expected one of his chief campaign staffers to openly admit it. Yet feeling cocky after Mitt Romney's strong victory in Illinois, top advisor Eric Fehrnstrom did just that.
Mitt, call me. I'll work for the same money you're paying this fool Fehrnstrom and I'll guarantee you you'll never hear me say something stupid like this. Quit surrounding yourself with idiots. You can't win that way.
All this does is reinforce the idea that Mitt is a RINO who will do or say anything to get the nomination, and will then abandon conservatives in the general election and in the White House. This will only embolden Mitt's conservative opponents to stay in the race and further prolong the agony.