Romney Stumbles

Seems The One (Okay, The Other One) is having some trouble.  Let me tell you why:

”I have already implemented your program, and ten years down the road, I can tell you now–it simply does not work.”

Mitt Romney had a golden opportunity to seize the nomination and skewer the president.  In my opinion, all he needed to do was cast off his illegitimate offspring, RomneyCare.  He should have said that he used the laboratory of democracy called Massachusetts, with its rich history of political innovation, to see once and for all if a large role for government can improve critical services in health care.  He would have been in a unique position to assail the president on ObamaCare.  ”I have already implemented your program, and ten years down the road, I can tell you now–it simply does not work.”

bad ideas and their champions do not advance to the next round

How hard would that have been?  Huge benefit, low drawback, but the drawbacks were too much for him.  You don’t get to extol the virtues of the laboratories of democracy and then insist that what has not worked for one of the states should also be implemented in Washington.  Part of the whole “50 labs of democracy” is that the bad ideas, and most notably their champions, do not advance to the next round.

he has never disavowed RomneyCare

Alas, he has never disavowed “RomneyCare”, but chooses to stand on the ideologically sound ground that the 50 states are the laboratories of democracy, and that the states can and should do a great many things that the federal government should not. The problem with this is that while true, it is not a winning platform. It’s just a plank and it’s a good one, but so what?  It’s not enough to make a platform, and it’s all he will be remembered for.

His defense of RomneyCare is partly rooted in a genuine belief that it is the right answer, at least for Massachusetts, and partly from the conviction that an attempt to walk it back like Mitch Daniels did with “Cap & Trade” simply would not fly. This is unfortunate, and it is exactly the sort of timid foot-dragging and risk aversion which plagues the GOP, at the expense of the Tea Party.

Oh, by the way–I wrote most of that last May.

 

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