March 30, 2007


Mitt's Biggest Flop (David Hogberg, 3/30/2007, American Prospect)

Mitt Romney's most-heralded achievement as governor of Massachusetts was his overhaul of the Bay State's health care system. However, as I've noted on the AmSpec blog, "RomneyCare" began running into problems pretty quickly. After much initial self-promotion, Romney now is slowly backing away from his health care plan, hinting that the Democrats now in charge should be blamed if it flops. "I was a little concerned at the signing ceremony when Ted Kennedy showed up," Romney recently quipped. But the fact is that RomneyCare was a pretty liberal health care plan right from the start.

In 2006, then-governor Romney promoted his plan with enthusiasm and aplomb. He also did his best to mollify conservatives he sought to court for his presidential campaign who were concerned that his plan was little more than big government in disguise. Regarding the individual mandate that required all citizens of Massachusetts to purchase health insurance, Romney defended it in conservative terms -- even if doing so seemed a bit Orwellian. He referred to the mandate as "a personal responsibility principle." Yet if the government is forcing people to buy insurance, how can that be described as "personal"? Romney has never bothered to explain.

Romney is now avoiding responsibility for RomneyCare.

The sooner Fred Thompson gets in the race the sooner Mitt can bow out gracefully.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 30, 2007 1:35 PM

The Democrat candidate in '08 is going to run on some spectacularly awful "universal health care" platform, perhaps even a single-payer idea if she's really, really stupid. So I'd say that having a really solid example of the disastrous impact such a plan would invariably have is the best thing Mitt could possibly give the Republican nominee. And having it be the state that most of us immediately think of as the hotbed of crazy leftie ideas is just gravy.

Posted by: b at March 30, 2007 2:11 PM

Once Fred's feelings on ill-igraton are known he won't stand a chance of running as a Republican.

Posted by: LastRealAmerican? at March 30, 2007 2:58 PM

Once the amnesty passes immigration will disappear as an issue for years again, as it did after the Reagan amnesty.

Posted by: oj at March 30, 2007 3:24 PM

Last - perhaps. But hopefully the GOP purists at NRO and elsewhere will realize in '08 that taking a 80% conservative is better than allowed a 80% liberal get elected as happened in '06.

Posted by: AWW at March 30, 2007 7:55 PM

I don't care how soon or late Fred gets in as long as he does it in a way that wins him the nomination.

Posted by: Bruno at April 1, 2007 6:20 PM