Romney this weekend told a Florida television station that the government (read: Congress) was wrong to interfere in the case of Terri Schiavo, a Florida woman who was diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state.
The case is dear to social conservatives, especially the 100-percenters on the Life team, the squad that wants to ban all abortions, eliminate all stem-cell research and prohibit birth control. They're the loudest voice in the GOP, and every Republican running for president must suck up to them.
The Lifers forced the GOP-controlled Congress in 2005 to pass legislation demanding more judicial review of the Schiavo case. Rep. Roy Blunt famously said: "It‘s clear from watching the tapes of Terri Schiavo that she interacts with people. She‘s aware of her surroundings. She attempts to communicate."
An autopsy showed Schiavo had "massive cerebral atrophy." She was blind, too. No communication attempts here, save for the one Blunt and his ilk made to the mercurial social cons: Thy will be done.
Romney told the base something entirely different this weekend. According to a St. Pete Times report, Romney said this about the Schiavo case:
"I think it's probably best to leave these kinds of matters in the hands of the courts ... I generally think that it's not a good idea for courts to legislate. Nor is it great idea for legislatures to adjudicate in a specific circumstance."