Mitt Romney tells the National Review that he's been in the trenches for a long time.
“I want people to remember that I was on the front lines on conservative social issues, on conservative fiscal issues, and standing up for conservative foreign-policy values. I wanted to reacquaint people with what they remember from four years ago.”
"Front-lines on conservative social issues"?
He was merely bowing to the reality in 2008 that you had to be socially conservative to win a presidential primary. Before that, he often seemed to be on the "front-lines" of the other side.
I don't know if Romney's biggest problem in this race is his past moderation. It probably hurts.
But just as damaging is his refusal to acknowledge his erstwhile self, while constantly spinning himself into something he wasn't. That reinforces the perception that he's slippery.
Claiming that he was "on the front-lines" is a classic example of what seems like a do or say-anything mentality. If he fessed up to his previous heresy, he might get a break -- not an absolution but at least a break.
But instead of doing that, he seems to be digging in with the "severely conservative" line.