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Conservatives to Romney: Itís time to apologize for RomneyCare
Hotair ^ | 10/05/2010 | Allahpundit

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 everyone’s 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 didn’t 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?




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1 posted on 10/06/2010 8:47:48 AM PDT by WebFocus
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To: WebFocus; Diogenesis; rabscuttle385; Impy; BillyBoy; Clemenza; Crichton; darkangel82; ...

If this guy REALLY wants to apologize, he’ll exit politics immediately.


2 posted on 10/06/2010 8:49:52 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: WebFocus

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.


3 posted on 10/06/2010 8:50:25 AM PDT by November 2010
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To: WebFocus

Too late for that. Some things can’t be fixed with an apology.


4 posted on 10/06/2010 8:51:03 AM PDT by dforest
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To: WebFocus

...and then jump in front of a train!


5 posted on 10/06/2010 8:51:55 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: fieldmarshaldj
I do not want his apology--too little too late. Just go away Mitt.

Romney is just another establishment guy trying to get his turn. As far as govt. goes, he just doesn't get it.

vaudine

6 posted on 10/06/2010 8:53:08 AM PDT by vaudine
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To: WebFocus

Waaaaaay too late. That horse left the barn in 2007.


7 posted on 10/06/2010 9:01:20 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Stimulus. 0bamaCare. Cap and Tax. 9/11 Victory Mosque. TARP. Amnesty. Summer of Recovery.)
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To: WebFocus
Romneycare never passed. The dems filled his proposed bill with so much pork, he vetoed the bill due to the excessive costs. The dem legislators overruled him.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/42322.php

"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."

8 posted on 10/06/2010 9:02:37 AM PDT by T. Jefferson (Batton down the hatches, full speed in reverse)
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To: WebFocus
Who's trying to plant this seed, the Romney camp?

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.

9 posted on 10/06/2010 9:02:45 AM PDT by lewislynn
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To: November 2010

Apology not acepted!


10 posted on 10/06/2010 9:04:16 AM PDT by Paperdoll
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To: WebFocus

Oh please! SURELY you’re NOT confusing Romney with a CONSERVATIVE!!!


11 posted on 10/06/2010 9:04:19 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: Paperdoll

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.


12 posted on 10/06/2010 9:09:08 AM PDT by November 2010
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To: T. Jefferson
Yeah yeah yeah we know. but he started it and gave them the impetus to start it all.

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...

13 posted on 10/06/2010 9:12:56 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (8/30/10, the day Truth won.)
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To: All

The Establishment GOP begging to support Romney.

Conservatives are not unified and will split their vote.

Samd old, same old.


14 posted on 10/06/2010 9:17:14 AM PDT by rbmillerjr
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To: WebFocus

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.


15 posted on 10/06/2010 9:21:58 AM PDT by nonsporting
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To: November 2010
“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.”

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.

16 posted on 10/06/2010 9:32:43 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: WebFocus
As I said in an early post on this subject of the iconoclastic arrogant Romney:

"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$$!

17 posted on 10/06/2010 9:40:06 AM PDT by Old Badger (boy do opportunities abound everywhere for Real Conservatives!)
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To: WebFocus


18 posted on 10/06/2010 9:48:20 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: WebFocus

The Real Mitt RINO Romney?

http://libertypulse.com/article/5261/


19 posted on 10/06/2010 10:06:47 AM PDT by jacknhoo (Luke 12:51. Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

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.


20 posted on 10/06/2010 10:12:54 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Beagle8U

Snicker. Ok, if he doesn’t apologize then your course of action has my approval as an alternative.


21 posted on 10/06/2010 10:47:43 AM PDT by November 2010
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To: WebFocus

What’s one more flip for the Flopper?


22 posted on 10/06/2010 5:44:03 PM PDT by Leisler ("Over time they create a legal system that plunders and a moral code that glorifies it." F. Bastiat)
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To: T. Jefferson
Yeah, look at him getting his arm twisted.


"Romney made three requests of the artist: One, that a picture of his wife, Ann, be included in the portrait, something that had not been done by previous Governors. Two, the background should be similar to what it was when he was Governor. Three, he wanted the gold symbol representing his health care program to be shown somewhere in the portrait. Therefore, the photo of his wife is obvious, on the wall is a painting by Jonas Lie of a harbor scene, and on Romney's desk is a copy of the bill.

23 posted on 10/06/2010 5:50:25 PM PDT by Leisler ("Over time they create a legal system that plunders and a moral code that glorifies it." F. Bastiat)
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To: WebFocus

Mitt should come out of the closet and admit that he’s a fudgepacker.

And also that he’s really a democrat.

He should run for president. As a filthy dem.


24 posted on 10/06/2010 5:52:29 PM PDT by InternetTuffGuy
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To: InternetTuffGuy; fieldmarshaldj
Mitt should come out of the closet and admit that he’s a fudgepacker.

He is? I don't think ****ing off while looking at yourself in the mirror counts as gay behavior.

25 posted on 10/08/2010 3:20:51 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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