Don’t miss Marc Ambinder:
This is not a flip-flop.
The reason why Romney is struggling to explain the complicated two-step is that he is relatively new to the dance. Pro-life activists who have been in the trenches for years are very comfortable with the nuance and subtlely of their beliefs and know how to translate them into morsels for the media’s consumption. This measured, incremental approach — relatively new to the movement — has been successful in many ways.
And Karen Tumulty, who reports that Governor Romney’s stance is “not all that different from the one that George W. Bush took–and caught some flak for–in 1999.”