Taxing Mitt Romney's Consistency
Poor Mitt Romney. Even when he is handed the football with a clear path to the goal line, he seems almost unable not to fumble it along the way.
In his majority opinion ruling the Affordable Care Act consitututional,
But the likely Republican nominee, instead of instantly seizing the decision to make that case against Obama, contradicted one of his own political aides who tried to do so. A Romney campaign release contended that mandating the citizenry to shell out to the feds in lieu of buying health insurance was not a tax, just "an unconstitutional penalty."
It was the same flimsy distinction Romney had used in earlier defending the health care insurance law he enacted as governor of
Talk about looking a gift horse in the mouth. Other Republicans were falling over themselves in a rush to take up the campaign bonanza Roberts had just handed Romney by slapping the tax label on "Obamacare." Their candidate responded, though, by kissing it off.
Regarding the court decision he had so recently lamented, Romney offered his sword. "
At the same time, however, he said he agreed with the court's four dissenting conservatives. They called the ruling, led surprisingly by old comrade-in-arms Roberts, a "vast judicial overreach" in relying on the tax power to legitimize the law. So which was it?
Once again, the author of the
The whole business may have been no more than a momentary lapse of clear thinking on Romney's part. But it's another suggestion that he lacks the political antennae of a polished campaigner, and seems to have little awareness of the impression he leaves at times of being a spinning weathervane.
His venerated late father, former
Forty-four years later, as son Mitt tries to recoup with the
When his father blurted out his gaffe long ago, acid-tongued Democratic rival
But who knows, in the current absence of mutual respect and huge infusion of money fueling no-holds-barred negative campaigning, what depths the 2012 campaign may yet reach, on both sides? The fight over health care reform will go on with plenty of heat. If we're lucky, though, there will be time also for much-needed light on what the law really will and will not do as its provisions lock in. And time also for its foes to offer more detail on what they say will replace it.
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