Skip to comments.Conservatives to Romney: Itís time to apologize for RomneyCare
Posted on 10/06/2010 8:47:44 AM PDT by WebFocus
C’mon. Would it do any good at all?
I guarantee that, at the top of everyones list on how to differentiate your guy from Mitt Romney, the top of the list is health care until and unless he takes the opportunity to say, We tried, and it didnt work. The individual mandate at the heart of Obamacare and Romneycare was wrong, said Bill Pascoe, a Republican strategist who wrote a post on his blog earlier this year titled Say Goodbye to Mitt.…
An apology from Romney, or even an acknowledgement that the Massachusetts law has faults, could play into the knock against him in 2008, that he shifts his positions for political expediency. Back then, he struggled to convince conservative voters that his personal evolution on abortion and gay marriage was genuine…
Given what has happened on the federal level with Obamacare, and the intensity of concern and anger that the health care law caused, it draws attention to what happened in Massachusetts and the failure in Massachusetts is going to be a huge hurdle to get over to win the support of conservatives, said Penny Nance, chief executive officer of Concerned Women for America. To get over that hurdle, he needs to acknowledge that failure.…
Romney could get a break, if public opinion on the law ticks upward, as Democrats once said it would, and if independent voters begin to view it as a positive.
He could get a break in the general election if that happens, not in the GOP primary, and he’d be on thin ice with the base even after winning the nomination if he said anything warm and fuzzy about the individual mandate. Look, I’m not going to belabor this; I’ve written this post before. The question boils down to a cost/benefit analysis: Will any Republican voters who loathe RomneyCare respect Mitt any more if he acknowledges that some or all of it was a bad idea? Won’t the admission of error on a matter that significant ruin him among some Republicans who might otherwise give him a chance? Remember, Romney’s target constituency in the primary won’t be the right, it’ll be the center and center-right, and they might be willing to hear him out on why ObamaCare is bad and RomneyCare is good-ish. He knows the details of Massachusetts’s law better than 99 percent of them will, so if he tells them it’s doing better than they’d think, many of them will believe him. If he says it was all a big mistake, though, then suddenly his judgment as a potential president is in question among those voters and his support among his own purported base will start to crumble.
It’ll kill him among the right too, I think, even though he’d be admitting that they were right and he was wrong. Conservatives are forever vigilant for shows of weakness among presidents (or would-be presidents), which is how you get op-eds like this one from Larry Kudlow critiquing Obama for hugging Rahm Emanuel. If, after standing behind RomneyCare for years, Mitt suddenly confessed on the eve of running for president that his signature legislation as governor was a bust, it’d be perceived as both a naked pander and an expression of weakness at a tough moment — a double whammy. He’s better off sticking to his guns and taking his chances next year. Exit question: Right or wrong? Seriously, how many of our resident Mitt-haters would give him a second look if he apologized? Is there even one person?
If this guy REALLY wants to apologize, he’ll exit politics immediately.
Romney should apologize and say it is basically the same as Obama care and that it didn’t work, because it is the truth and the right thing to do. That’s not the way Romney thinks, but it is the right thing regardless.
Too late for that. Some things can’t be fixed with an apology.
...and then jump in front of a train!
Romney is just another establishment guy trying to get his turn. As far as govt. goes, he just doesn't get it.
Waaaaaay too late. That horse left the barn in 2007.
"The Massachusetts House on Tuesday voted "overwhelmingly" to override Gov. Mitt Romney's (R) vetoes to legislation that aims to expand health care coverage to nearly all of the state's uninsured residents, the AP/Boston Globe reports."
Apologize? No, admit it's a failure, admit it's a big government power grab and demand it all, Romneycare and Obamacare be repealed...
Mitt can start the rallying cry right now.
Apology not acepted!
Oh please! SURELY you’re NOT confusing Romney with a CONSERVATIVE!!!
You don’t need someones permission to apologize or forgive. He should do it because it’s the right thing to do. He can’t win the nomination, but he still can help the party.
You also leave out the fact he has been praising the plan ever sense up until this year, even AFTER the dems changes...
We know all about it, it is a sorry defense...
The Establishment GOP begging to support Romney.
Conservatives are not unified and will split their vote.
Samd old, same old.
I want to find a candidate who doesn’t need to apologize for former (really?) liberal views. That fact that he supported big government programs and killing the unborn in one of his past political lives makes him untrustworthy. You reap what you sow.
If he wants to help the party he should smear his naked body with molasses, roll in corn meal, and jump in a pen full of starving wild boars.
"Although I may insult some people who read these posts that are Romney supporters, how can anyone not see that for an alleged republican to be elected Governor in the most liberal sate in America, Massachusetts, is a Rino is beyond me! They have to be brain dead! There is nothing conservative about him, or republican for that matter. He has very few, if any, conservative principles and on top of that is a liar of the first magnitude and right up there with Obama. As you may gather, I don't care for the pompous a$$!
The Real Mitt RINO Romney?
I don’t see how Romney can be a serious candidate unless he does say he was wrong. But then if he does, he really hurts his candidacy too.
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