Sunday, October 10, 2010
Ever since March, when ObamaCare was passed, certain corners of the blogosphere have been abuzz about the imminent political demise of Mitt Romney. It seems a month or two can’t go by without some political reporter re-manufacturing a potential crisis for 2012 GOP Presidential candidate, usually over the health care plan he signed into when Governor of Massachusetts. The emergence of these worn out, dog-eared arguments, from both the Right and Left, typically come whenever polls show Romney leading the GOP for the Republican nomination.
So then what happens? A Politico reporter, Carrie Budoff Brown, decides to write an article about how the Republican Conservative base is demanding an apology from Romney for signing MassCare in to law.
Romney has stated on many occasions (see Q&A during Heritage video above) the MassCare plan is not perfect, which the Politico article gets wrong. Many of the features of MassCare were fashioned in Republican circles for years, including the Heritage Foundation. Many have tried to paint ObamaCare and MassCare as the same, but they are not.
Romney’s biggest challenge in maneuvering through the GOP primary waters will most assuredly be the health care debate. So far, his numbers have not been hurt significantly by his sticking to his guns and not issuing an apology for the MassCare plan. As pointed out in the Politico article, to apologize now would not win Romney any converts and only give his potential rivals an opening to use the “flip-flopper” charge.
Recent polling suggests Romney has a decent slice of the conservative pie in the GOP and dominates among the other wings of the party. This coupled with his strong showing among Tea Party and Undecided voters, indicates Romney has the potential to ride out any criticism of his MassCare plan. It’s rare for a GOP nominee to secure the nomination without some segment of the party either angry or dissatisfied. For 2012, it will be no different, whether that nominee be Mitt Romney or someone else.