Less than a week before the election and super storm Sandy has given Mitt Romney another compelling reason to change his mind, or at least his tune, without actually admitting that he's doing it.
Here's Romney circa mid-2011 on the subject of whether the budget of the Federal Emergency Management Agency should be cut:
“We cannot -- we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids."
And as for what to do with emergency response instead, he said:
"Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction. And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better.”
Nothing could have made those statements sound more foolish than Sandy, the multistate natural catastrophe that called for a giant coordinated effort across state boundaries. Which is probably why the GOP presidential hopeful wasn't talking up the private sector or the harm the nation was doing to future children by rescuing the ones affected by a killer storm today. Instead, he said in a statement: