Lest there be any question that the far right owns the GOP nominating process, the Boston Globe reports:
The campaign of Senator John McCain launched a new broadside against Mitt Romney yesterday over Romney's reversal on abortion, but Romney's campaign quickly hit back by saying McCain's move was borne out of desperation.
More from the Globe:
The back-and-forth began when the Arizona Republican's aides, trying to stir up controversy before Romney's address to the National
Right to Life convention in Kansas City tomorrow, sent an e-mail to reporters questioning Romney's rhetoric on abortion. The e-mail, under the header "Mitt vs. Fact," included a link to a YouTube video of Romney saying in May 2005 that he was committed to maintaining the "status quo" on Massachusetts abortion laws.
McCain's campaign tried to equate those remarks with an endorsement of abortion rights and argue that they contradict Romney's assertion that he became an opponent of abortion rights after an epiphany months earlier during a debate over stem cell research.
"Mitt Romney's biggest challenge in this election will be convincing Republicans he has principled positions on important issues," McCain spokesman Matt David said in a statement.
Romney's campaign responded by saying the video had been edited selectively. His aides released a fuller transcript of Romney's remarks that day, in which he explains his ethical objections to a certain kind of embryonic stem cell research.
"It's very troubling that the McCain campaign would attack the governor's pro life stance by trying to alter the context of a statement made at a news conference where he also made a passionate case for his veto of stem cell legislation that showed a level of disregard for the sanctity of human life," Romney spokesman Kevin Madden said in a statement. "The McCain campaign's motives are obviously borne of desperation."
And, drum roll please, here is Romney flip-flopping:
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