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Saturday, April 30, 2011

He likes it. Hey Mitty!

I'm not ashamed to admit I'm confused. I consider myself an inveterate Mitt Romney watcher and I don't have a clue how many times he's, um, modified his position on the Massachusetts health care law.

But there was Our Man Myth, tanned, rested and ready, standing before the Koch-based Americans for Prosperity banner, saying the Massachusetts health care law he helped shepherd through as governor was a good thing. Sorta. Kinda.
“I went to work to try and solve a problem,’’ Romney said. “It may not be perfect — by the way, it is not perfect.’’
Romney was forced the back away from his preference not to talk about the law because those pesky potential voters in the Republican primaries consider RomneyCare to be the father of ObamaCare and ObamaCare, well it must be from some alien place like Hawaii.
“In my state, we were spending hundreds of millions of dollars giving out free care to people who could take care of themselves,’’ Romney said.
So the man who signed the bill and immediately vetoed a provision to have business pay its fair share, starting himself down this long and twisted road, decided to man up and says he would sign the bill again.

No word if he would veto it again too. Or if he wanted to parse the meaning of the words free care.

The saddest part of Mitt Romney Acrobatics is the former Massachusetts governor may be the only grown-up in the 2012 GOP primary race. The Minnesota Twins, Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann, generate ennui and rage respectively, neither particularly solid general election credentials.

But give credit to Bachmann for showing up in Manchester, NH and not Manchester by the Sea.

Herman Cain? Ron Paul? Newt Gingrich? Donald Trump? Puhleeze.

Romney has serious problems with the Koch-Americans for Prosperity Tea Party, starting with his religious beliefs and amplified by a political resume that has stretched, in his telling, from the left of Ted Kennedy to the right of Attila the Hun.

Not that I'm offering any advice for the Mittster -- and not that he would listen -- but it would seem the smartest thing he could do is to finally, once and for all, figure out who he is. And stick to it.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I caught a soundbite of that statement on the radio this morning, and Romney sounded like an escapee from Bedlam ranting to his fellow escapees. I can see having differing views, but the emoting and tone in a speaker's voice tells me a lot about the speaker, and in this case, it's not good. It doesn't show a very high regard for his listeners. BTW, aside from the belief that the Presidency is his right, what does Romney believe in? I don't mean just today, or tomorrow, I mean long term. Does he have any values he holds and stands up for, or is it all for sale for for the support of the latest voting bloc du jour?

April 30, 2011 10:07 AM  

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