In quietly rewritten memoir, Romney veers right
As things stand, it’s unclear if Mitt Romney can garner enough support to launch a credible bid for the presidency in 2012. But this week he can claim to have succeeded where so many other politicians have failed: getting people interested in a political memoir’s paperback release.
On Feb. 1, the paperback edition of Romney’s “No Apology” quietly hit shelves. It went unnoticed until Thursday, when The Boston Phoenix reported that there were “major” changes from the original hardcover released one year ago.
Romney places himself further to the right in the reworked sections. According to the Phoenix, in the original Romney wrote that the 2009 stimulus package would “accelerate the timing of the start of the recovery, but not as much as it could have.” Now he says that the stimulus package has been a “failure” and accuses the Obama administration of “economic missteps.”
A second example of the reworked passages, according to the Phoenix, concerns the health care reform legislation:
The other major change comes in a chapter on health care. In the original hardcover, Romney tried to carefully distinguish between the Massachusetts law and the national version that was nearing passage as he wrote.
But the Massachusetts model has become Romney's bête noire among conservatives, who loathe the national reform they call "Obamacare." The rewritten paperback swings much harder, proclaiming that "Obamacare will not work and should be repealed," and "Obamacare is an unconstitutional federal incursion into the rights of states."
Nowhere in the book is there any mention of the changes. Romney's publisher, St. Martin's Press, says they noted the book had been "updated and revised" in their publicity material. But the original press release sent to The Washington Post never noted the revisions.
Here's the press release St. Martin's sent us today after we inquired about Romney's revisions and why there was no mention of the revisions in the book or in the publicity materials. Note that this one says the book has been "Fully updated and revised with a new introduction by the author!"
A publicist for St. Martin's said we must not have received the "final version" of the press release.
The cover of the paperback does announce a new introduction. When Romney first wrote his book the Tea Party was not the force it is today. This time, in the new introduction, many of topics familiar to the Tea Party are touched upon: founding fathers, the constitution, small government. President Obama’s encounter with “Joe the Plumber” gets a paragraph, too.
Eric Fehrnstrom, a spokesperson for Romney’s PAC, told the Phoenix: "The book was originally written in the months immediately following President Obama's inauguration. A lot has occurred over the last two years, and these updates reflect those happenings."
What do you make of Romney’s changes to his memoir? Leave us your thoughts in the comments.
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