On the other hand, Eric Randall at the Atlantic presents what may be Romney's John-Kerry moment. When asked about a previous statement concerning the President's former Pastor, Romney said:
"I’m not familiar precisely with exactly what I said, but I stand by what I said. Whatever it was."Yikes.
I don't know whom to credit with the Washington definition of a gaffe as unintentionally speaking the truth. (See e.g., Joe Biden). Perhaps it is more in the nature of revealing at least the perception of your true political self. But that's pretty close to what Kerry did to cement his flip-flopper persona with "I voted for it before I voted against it." And it may be what Romney just did now by standing behind his position - whatever it was.
I believe Romney is a man of some good, moderate convictions. I just wish he could remember what they were.