In his own words
The past is starting to catch up with Mitt Romney, but only after a ruling by a federal court judge that doesn't pass the Antonin Scalia smell test.
Judge Henry Hudson's ruling that the health care law's individual mandate is unconstitutional -- the first among three cases so far -- sets up a constitutional battle that will likely be eventually resolved by Scalia's Supreme Court.
And as with every judicial ruling these days, there are some short- and long-term political implications.
First -- and the one getting media attention -- is the tortured dance of Our Man Myth, who was for the mandate before he was against it, making it the centerpiece of the Massachusetts reform law only to walk away before his signature was dry because the campaign trail beckoned.
The compilation of clips already getting attention on YouTube was put together by Democrats. But it could be considered an in-kind contribution against the candidate they perceive to pose the greatest threat to Barack Obama in 2012.
Romney's 2008 opponents can be seen jumping all over him in one of the clips -- and that was even before "Obamacare" became law with a mandate foundation attributed to "Romneycare." With the 2012 field listing even farther to the right, Myth is going to be facing seriously rough seas and his own words are going to be biting at his backside with increasing regularity.
But the longer term implications are even more troubling. Yesterday's ruling came from a judge who holds a financial interest in a political consulting firm that has made repeal of the health care law a major part of its business line for Speaker-elect John Boehner, Minnesota's Michele Bachmann and John McCain, the man who brought us Sarah Palin.
Apologists will argue that its was a silent interest and he has no role in running the daily operations. But judges are expected to hold a different standard of ethics than others in the political realm, even though Scalia's action proves otherwise.
The fact there is even an appearance of a conflict of interest in Hudson's ruling has yet to pierce the mainstream media. Let's hope it was just an oversight in the rush to report the decision. Because we know recusal will become a household word when the case reach the Supreme Court and conservatives will be howling for Justice Elena Kagan to recuse herself because of her role as US Solicitor General when the law was passed.