In 2008, Mitt Romney desperately tried to run from his record as a pro-choice governor. The story of his change of heart didn't exactly hold together, social conservatives never trusted him and he acquired the "flip-flop" label. He lost Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, and was done for. Contrast that to his position on RomneyCare. He refuses to step away from his embrace of the individual mandate and instead is trying to escape the wrath of voters by saying "each state should decide." Imagine that he had reversed defenses on these two key issues. On abortion, he might have escaped criticism for being an opportunist if he had said, "The Supreme Court never should have grabbed this issue. It's an issue for the states." By trying to repudiate his abortion record and escape his health-care plan by a federalism argument, Romney sabotaged himself. You can tell only one epiphany story in your political career.