Skip to comments.Romney, Outsmarted: ObamaCare dashed Romney's presidential hopes before he's even announced
Posted on 03/31/2010 3:24:31 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Mitt Romney may end up being the biggest GOP casualty of ObamaCare -- his 2012 presidential hopes dashed before he's even announced a bid.
Mr. Romney has continued vociferously campaigning against ObamaCare even while defending a very similar universal health-care plan he signed into law as Massachusetts's governor in 2006. Last week, he inveighed on the National Review blog that "President Obama has betrayed his oath to the nation . . . . he has succumbed to the lowest denominator of incumbent power: justifying the means by extolling the ends."
Critically, Republicans need to win the presidency in order to have any shot at repealing ObamaCare, as many GOPers insist should be the goal. Imagine Mr. Romney trying to carry this banner in 2012 in a debate with fellow GOP primary opponents. His Republican rivals would get plenty of mileage from a quote by MIT's Jonathan Gruber, a former Romney adviser who bragged that ObamaCare would never have happened if Mr. Romney hadn't made "the decision in 2005 to go for it. He is in many ways the intellectual father of national health reform."
Mr. Romney has been frantically trying to distinguish the bills to conservatives. At Iowa State on Monday he claimed: "We solved our problem at the state level. Like it or not, it was a state solution." In Chicago last week, he said: "Our bill was carried out in a bipartisan basis." Judging by the questions he gets from audiences, voters aren't buying it. The Club for Growth has gone so far as to say that Mr. Romney's "in the wrong party."(continued)
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I wonder who'll be left?
Ron Paul of course. ;-)
For the whole series of Zero dollar bills, go here:
Hopefully no more 2008 retreads
This has been Obama’s pattern of behavior since he first started running for public office. He likes to remove the competition early and without getting his hands dirty. I believe he is afraid of Palin, so far his efforts against her haven’t worked.
Ron Paul, of course!! [kookoo, kookoo!]
Every dark cloud has a silver lining.
I’d estimate that the GOP has exactly one more chance to get a good, conservative nominee, or it’s gonna be curtains for them and America.
At some point, there ain’t gonna be a second chances, no more mulligans, no more Bob Dole’s turn, none of that crap. It’s going to be win right now or lose the country forever.
O tried to day with the oil drilling deal. I won’t work on Sarah tho. Cap & Tax is a deal breaker in his attempt to take the issue from Sarah.
You people are nuts. That’s it ... trash Romney. We will have no one to put up against Obama and he will win re-election.
I am convinced that many of you anti-Romney people are MoveOn / Huffington Post posters pretending to care about the USA.
I think Sarah could really cause him to lose it -
Someone who knows what they are fighting for.
I’m a MA resident. My accountant and I were talking while she did my taxes. She needed my health insurance plan ID number which is required to be put on the state tax form. She told me one of her clients is a younger guy(
auto mechanic) who didn’t have any insurance. The state took his refund($400) and he owes the state another $600 all because he had no insurance
MSM getting scared?
I knew this was coming. I think Krauthammer also made reference to this.
This is the beginning of the end for Romney.
Romney is NOT our only one.
The writer is 8 months out of college in The Peoples’ Republic of California with a degree in whatever the hell “American Studies” is, and someone with an IQ of over 14 wants to listen to her opinion on anything, much less who will be the next American president?
Some salient points:
#1: Romney can defuse MassCare in 2 minutes.
“Yes we it passed in Massachusetts. I wasn't just in favor of it. I bought the phony statistics and liberal promises big time. I was totally in favor it. I pushed for it... and boy, was I wrong. It was and is a disaster. Other than obamacare, it's the worst healthcare mistake America ever made. It was the worst, most wrong, most foolish decision of my life. I thought it might work. We didn't know better. i
The only thing worse is, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats, they knew better. They had seen the Massachusetts Medical Monster. They knew it was a disaster, but they went ahead and passed it nationwide.
Actually, They didn't pass it nationwide. They passed something much worse. And they didn't really pass it as much as they bribed it into passage with the Louisiana Purchase, The Cornhusker Kickback and a thousand other backroom deals. They took your money, gave it to people who didn;t deserve it, and crammed this Medical Monstrosity down your throat.
The one good thing about the Massachusetts Medical Monster.... actually the Massachusetts Mistake is that we know now how bad it is. We don't have to wait forObamacare to destroy America. We don't have to wait for Obamacare to poison your relationship with your doctor. We don;t have to wait until people we love die because of Obamacare. Because of the Massachusetts Medical Monster, we know how bad Obamacare is and will be.... but we don;t have to sit still and let it kill our healthcare, we don't have sit still and let it kill our economy. We don't have to sit still and let it kill us!
We can elect responsible Republicans... and replace Obamacare before it kills us!”
End of issue
#2: Are we really going to sit still and let FR descend into just a Hate Romney site? I don't like him, but we are better than that!
So his defense will be “I was against it before I was for it and now I am against it”?
Romney should stop spending his money on his own campaign. It will never exceed 20% within the Republican Party. He cannot win.
RomneyCare = 0bummerCare.
There is no difference worth mentioning. And the results are disastrous.
Scott Brown. Sarah Palin.
RomneyCARE-creator and carpetbagging, fascist imposer Mitt Romney:
Now that my Romneycare is national, ready to hurt hundreds of millions,
a little self examination may be in order for you conservative FReepers.
You may want to ask yourself if I had spent my time promoting
RomneyCare and Mitt Romney, could not I have garnered more support
of both Mr. Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney?
Romney praises Obama again
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney praised President Obama
at a GOP fundraising dinner Wednesday ..
"I also think it's important for us to nod to the president when he's right," Romney said....
Romney, who spoke at a dinner for the National Republican Senatorial Committee,
said he's pleased with the president's plans to "finish the job" in Iraq and Afghanistan
-- lines that drew applause from the partisan audience. He also applauded the president
for standing up to the auto industry.
"I hope he continues to be tough ....The former businessman even offered faint praise for
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, saying that after a series of initial missteps,
"I think he's finally getting close to the right answer."
While Gov.Palin was working against ObamaCARE
where was the most-RINO backstabber-in-chief Mitt Romney?
I don’t like the Massachusetts socialized mediciine scheme any more than Obamacare, but the *big* difference is that the people of the *state* of Massachusetts overwhelmingly wanted something very much like what they got. Romney wasn’t ramming it down their throats (though he didn’t exactly knock himself out trying to help them understand why it would be a bad thing). Obamacare has been rammed down the throats of the entire country. Politicians who give the sheeple what they stupidly clamor for shouldn’t be tarred with the same brush as those who force thinking and unthinking people alike to take something neither group wants.
Easy there buddy.
I voted for Romney in the primaries. He was the best candidate going at the time.
Given the same scenario I’d do it again. I hope that’s not the case next time around. We can do much much better.
No. Romney RAMMMED RomneyCARE and ROMNEY-Marriage down
the throats of voters without their vote.
Got that, Mr. Pennsylvania, who is pro-ROMNEY?
Romney is a Carpetbagger. So why don’t you two adopt
ROMNEYCARE in Pennsylvania instead of forcing it on
others, so selfishly?
I would bet good money that Gov. Rick Perry of Texas will be running for President with the theme, “Look how strong the Texas economy is. I can bring back growth.”
The dude is a VERY good politician who says all the right things. I’m betting he is tight with the Republican Party’s inner circle and power brokers. He was W’s protege.
Sarah may get another shot at VP.
I’m not interested in forcing any kind of health care scheme on anyone. Just pointing out that Massachusetts is an overwhelmingly leftist state, and there was very strong support there for a scheme of this sort when Romney was governor and engineered its passage. On the other hand, there was very strong nationwide opposition to Obamacare, and Obama knocked himself out to ram it through anyway. These are not comparable political acts.
I have no idea who the viable candidates for the 2012 Republican nomination will be, and therefore no idea if Romney would be my first choice among them. I do know, however, that if Romney ends up as the Republican nominee, I’d vote for him over Obama without a nanosecond’s hesitation. I’d pick him over McCain too, but thankfully I’m sure McCain is out of the Presidential picture. If there’s going to be a better nominee than Romney, that has a real chance to win the Presidency, the focus of those who want Obama out needs to be on building up alternative candidates, not attacking Romney 24/7.
Much of the work that needs to be done is one-on-one educating of voters who really don’t get why the slide towards socialism is so evil and dangerous. As it stands now, I have serious doubts as to whether anyone with a stronger commitment to a Constitutional Republic than Romney is electable, because so much of the voting public just doesn’t get it. I’d love to see a President who is fervently committed to getting the federal government 100% out of medical care, education, social security, and all the other socialist programs, as well as out of the UN. Obviously that President wouldn’t be Romney, but just as obviously, that President would never get elected by the current population of voting Americans. I’m not willing to help hand President Obama another term on a silver platter, by stubbornly to refusing to back any candidate who isn’t trumpeting the massive slashing of the federal government that I’d really like to see.
well at least a small bit of good came from the implamentation of Obammycare.
FASCIST ROMNEY DOES NOT ALLOW CITIZENS TO VOTE
Second, no one will ever vote for Romney again.
Team ROMNEY attacked the GOP VP candidate in the last election.
Such treachery is rewarded where? In Pennsylvania?
I'd no more trust someone who thinks Romney (the most successfully leftist Governor in the history of the republic) is acceptable to "educate" anyone I cared about than I would trust Bill Clinton to educate them about marital fidelity and chastity.
He wants to know why, if he can crunch the numbers, can't Romney?
I welcome this development. The quicker Romney's outta here, the sooner.
Stick a fork in him, Romney is done. 0bama neutered him with one bill. That’s what happens when you work for one side and pretend to be on the other. Sooner or later one or both sides will trump you.
A lightweight-socialist can outsmart ANY statist wannabee at his own game. Mitt doesn’t have enough Moscow street-cred to match wealth-redistribution with Barry.
Romney blows. You’re the liberal. Not us.
Hmmm...something good comes out of this travesty...
Mitt Romney probably can't and won't do this because this is precisely what his father did with the Viet Nam war and he lost big time. It seems because of his father's situation, Mittens has never been able to admit he has gotten anything wrong. Because to do what you have said would mean he would have to admit he was "brainwashed" just like his dad.
I have never posted that.
The reality that FR was so good that the Left felt they needed to co-opt it is rather obvious, but I have no idea where you got that quote.
The real battles will be waged in the Primaries, not the Generals.
All too often we do little to ensure the Conservative candidate is nominated, then complain that the candidate that is nominated is too liberal. Let's get off out butts now. Conservative candidates cannot win unless they are on the mainline ballot. 3d parties are a worthless dream. They only split the vote and allow the Dem in.
We need to work TODAY to get the Conservative nominated, not cry about who is. If Romney is nominated, he will be better than whoever the Dems run.... and he will be OUR fault!
Now that’s funny!
You just agreed to help elect Obama again if Conservatives fail to make their case and Romney is nominated.
No wonder the libs laugh at us.
However, he did raise two important issues.
This place does now have, because of its success in years past, many quiet but effettive trolls.
This site has taken on an anti-Romney tone far beyond its called for importance. FR is using anti-Romney spots in some of its largest donation-generating efforts. Why is that? How about taking on Pelosi, Obama, Sharpton, etc.
Why not Bob McDonnell, or Chris Christie.
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