Obama: You know, my plan’s a lot like RomneyCare, isn’t it?

posted at 4:39 pm on March 30, 2010 by Allahpundit

Alternate headline: “Obama hands devastating new attack ad to Romney opponents on a silver platter.” If you don’t have time to watch this now, no worries: You’ll be seeing the part about Mitt in eight thousand different GOP primary spots starting early next year. So brutal is it — think what kind of beating Charlie Crist is taking over the photo of him hugging Obama, then multiply by a thousand — that I’m tempted to believe The One set out to mention Romney with that idea in mind. If he can take out a potentially dangerous Republican nominee early in the game by talking him up, why not talk him up? Coming soon: Obama praises Romney as the sort of centrist, statist, secretly pro-choice Republican America needs. Game over, man.

This is also the interview where, in a subtle bit of Alinskyism, he acknowledged that tea partiers have legitimate concerns — except of course for their freaky deaky “Birther” core. After you watch, be sure to read the Heritage Foundation’s response to being dragged into this as some sort of supposed advocate for health-care exchanges. The truth is rather more nuanced. Exit quotation: “[W]e completely disagree that President Obama’s law improves the purchasing power of individuals in the insurance market. On the contrary, it will create a staggeringly complex and costly insurance system that will drive up premiums for Americans.”

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Coming soon: Obama praises Romney as the sort of centrist, statist, secretly pro-choice Republican America needs. Game over, man.

It’s gotta be a coordinated attack on Romney. If so, then they are playing some heavy hardball.

AUINSC on March 30, 2010 at 5:21 PM

LOL…B-b-b-b-but I thought Romney fans were always saying their guy’s bullet-proof…

ddrintn on March 30, 2010 at 10:12 PM

a potentially dangerous Republican nominee

I think Obama’s hurting Romney with marshmallows shows how non-threatening Romney really is.

ddrintn on March 30, 2010 at 10:30 PM

If Romney had used his veto as he should have and if the Internet didn’t exist with thousands of copies of his big smiling mug as he signed it, it wouldn’t be called RomneyCare.

But he did happily sign RomneyCare for all to see and it’s RomneyCare that will stop him from being elected into the White House.

“So now that you have some truth, deal with it.”

RJL on March 30, 2010 at 7:51 PM

So, you are saying that Romney should have vetoed a bill that had over 60% popular support in his state? Romney DID veto many portions of the legislation. Guess, what, the legislature overrode his vetoes.

So, you are one of the people that insists on a useless display of conservative mettle even when it is against the will of the people of their state? That figures. You are just as dictatorial as the Obama crowd. All that you nutcases ever want is ideological purity to the nth degree at any cost, even if it means forcing things down the throats of the people against their will.

Hawthorne on March 31, 2010 at 12:29 AM

I think Obama’s hurting Romney with marshmallows shows how non-threatening Romney really is.

ddrintn on March 30, 2010 at 10:30 PM

I don’t think Obama is hurting Romney much. The only people making a big deal out of this are the confused sports fans that think politics is a game that they get to play in, and the fascist nutjobs that want to enforce conservative purity at all costs upon all of America even if Americans doesn’t want pure conservatism.

Hawthorne on March 31, 2010 at 12:33 AM

Forget Mitt Romney for a minute. This is a wonderful opportunity to use Obama’s own words against him.

The GOP response should be:

YES! Obamacare is like Romneycare. Let’s look at Romneycare:
- bankrupting the state (the Treasurer of MA says if the US adopts it, it will bankrupt the country, and he is running for governor as an ex-Democrat.)
- having to ration services (dont remember the details but they’re there)
Folks, this is your future under Obamacare. Because we have this wonderful federal system where states get to do experiments, the experiment has been done for you by the poor people of Massachusetts. Here are the results. (Not only that, here are the results from Tennessee and Maine)

There. I have just written the bare bones of 4-5 GOP ads, if the GOP doesn’t try to equivocate to spare Romney’s feelings. Since Romney himself chose to defend his experiment, he should not get special consideration, he should bow out and content himself with raising money for untainted candidates.

YehuditTX on March 31, 2010 at 1:44 AM

Obama – the Idiot President!

I want Romney as Sarah Palin’s Commerce Secretary!

SARAH PALIN ROCKS 2012!

TheAlamos on March 31, 2010 at 2:22 AM

YehuditTX on March 31, 2010 at 1:44 AM

I don’t think that cutting Romney off at the knees is a smart direction for the GOP. He remains the strongest candidate against Obama and will probably still be the strongest when 2012 rolls around. All of this health care stuff is too early to permanently impact him. By the time that the real primary season rolls around he will have put it behind him and formulated an answer that most Americans are willing to accept. They will be willing to accept him because he will look like the guy who can fix the economy after Obama wrecked it.

The hardcore conservative nuts will never accept Romney no matter what he says. They have already decided they don’t like him no matter what and they will make every excuse they can find to support somebody else. Hell, half of those nuts are so anti-Romney that they would help Obama get elected just to spite Romney because they are just as much about emotion as the nutcase left is.

I probably will not vote for Romney in the primaries either. But I am realistic enough to understand that we are stupid to destroy ANYBODY on our roster prior to the primaries. But some of the folks here are on a pogrom for conservative purity. They will burn down the GOP or anything in their way to get it.

Hawthorne on March 31, 2010 at 2:26 AM

So, you are one of the people that insists on a useless display of conservative mettle even when it is against the will of the people of their state? That figures. You are just as dictatorial as the Obama crowd. All that you nutcases ever want is ideological purity to the nth degree at any cost, even if it means forcing things down the throats of the people against their will.

Hawthorne on March 31, 2010 at 12:29 AM

IDIOT. Your logic is fallacious.

Not legislating anything like Romneycare IS NOT DICTATORIAL.

DICTATORIAL IS LEGISLATING A THING THAT FORCES THE DISSENTERS AND OPPOSERS TO FOLLOW THE SAME. THAT’S REAL DICTATORSHIP ON THE PART OF THE DISSENTING MINORITY.

Proof: Dictators like Castro in Cuba and that Goddam Leader in Iran have THE SUPPORT OF THE MAJORITY!

SO YOU ARE AN IDIOT! ROMNEYCARE IS DICTATORIAL IN TECHNICAL SENSE, JUST LIKE OBAMACARE!

TheAlamos on March 31, 2010 at 2:41 AM

Am I wrong, or were you pro amnesty back under Bush?
saiga on March 30, 2010 at 5:43 PM

You were wrong.

OK, since you are so brilliant, you tell me what he should have done. Give the the wisdom of your brilliant pan for effective opposition given the situation that Romney was in?

Hawthorne on March 30, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Not pass it, not sign it, not support it, not propose it, all those he did.
He was elected to do what he felt was right for the state…he did what he felt was right, pass a health care bill. He wasn’t elected to kow tow to liberals because they yell, scream, and stop their feet.
He can’t disown it now, he owns it and should just say he made an error in judgment.

right2bright on March 31, 2010 at 9:23 AM

Romney DID veto many portions of the legislation. Guess, what, the legislature overrode his vetoes.

Hawthorne on March 31, 2010 at 12:29 AM

Then let them overturn his veto, and he wouldn’t be having this problem…would he?
Being weak is not a good resume builder…

right2bright on March 31, 2010 at 9:25 AM

If he can take out a potentially dangerous Republican nominee early in the game by talking him up, why not talk him up?

I’m no Rove, but wouldn’t it be better to take down a dangerous Republican nominee much later in the game if this is all that is needed to do so? I mean after that person spend millions in resources of the Republican party?

Osis on March 31, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Obama: You know, my plan’s a lot like RomneyCare, isn’t it?

This does not show how weak Romney is

This shows how good Romney looks, for Obama to try to cast himself as Romney II

Romneycare was a State issue. for a liberal State with liberal wants. That puts Romneycare diametrically opposite Obama’s nationalization of Healthcare, which eliminates States from the equation, while crushing States with Federal mandates, and eliminating the right to privacy (except for abortions) at the Federal level.

Obamacare demands our bank accounts and medical records be open, without a search warrant, for attachment to pay for the endless needs of Obamacare, and installs a cash penalty for non compliance. Obamacare ignores to right to refuse self incrimination, while Romneycare basically says buy some insurance or lose a tax credit

Obama the Vain would not try to cast himself as Romney II, unless there was something he could steal from Romney. He can bs all he wants, but Obama is no Romney

entagor on March 31, 2010 at 1:28 PM

As much as I respect Governor Romney, this Obama talking point is a problem for Governor Romney.

You can argue all you want about RomneyCare being a state program and not a federal one, but it is not unfair to say that ObamaCare’s state level predecessor was RomneyCare.

Phil Byler on March 31, 2010 at 5:32 PM

There’s no reason for any supporter of Obamacare not to point out that it’s Romneycare Federal.

Mitt hasn’t got a credible reply, because Mitt likes mandates.

Mitt isn’t terribly credible in general. He’s not good at making it seem like he means what he’s saying. That has to figure into how good a candidate he is.

The evidence from his last run is that Mitt has to outspend his rivals to do well against them. He won’t be able to outspend Obama, because Obama is willing to wreck the country to pay off groups of supporters who will then pay him back at election time. (For example, by socializing General Motors and Chrysler to lock in strong union support.)

If elected, which he is unlikely to be, would Mitt be able to lead people to get a repeal of Obamacare to his desk to sign? I don’t think so.

Those who object to Obamacare, which ought to be every Republican, need a better candidate.

David Blue on March 31, 2010 at 6:28 PM

It is one thing for a state to create a Health Care plan. It is entirely different for the federal government to do the same. With a state plan citizens can vote with there feet. Not so easy with the federal gov’t.

Dasher on March 31, 2010 at 6:30 PM

There’s only ONE fact relevant here. Is RomneyCare working? Are the citizens of MA happy with it? Is it something he’s proud of and wants to hang his hat on for the achievement? Are other states clamoring to follow his lead? Or are other states saying they want to stir far and clear of any seemly legislation?

If he can’t answer in positives about this other than saying, I bended to the will of the Centrist and Leftist citizens against my better judgment or that I tried to make a Leftist idea the least horrible as possible than I don’t want him leading a Conservative movement. It’s weak and we’ve been doing this band-aid effort for far too long. We’ve allowed ourselves to concede ground on every front. Now look where we’re at. Are you happy with the conclusion? I think not.

Sultry Beauty on March 31, 2010 at 7:51 PM

We’ve allowed ourselves to concede ground on every front.

Sultry Beauty on March 31, 2010 at 7:51 PM

Um, actually I think the term is ‘defeated’.

Dark-Star on March 31, 2010 at 8:06 PM

If we’re dumb enough to fall for this Obama ploy as a country, we deserve our collective fates under Obama.

scotash on March 31, 2010 at 8:57 PM

People are either being disingenuous or stupid if they don’t see through the efforts of President Obama and his surrogates to pin Obamacare on Mitt

dnlchisholm on March 31, 2010 at 9:39 PM

Obamacare is like Stalincare. Period.

BottomLine5 on March 31, 2010 at 10:23 PM

I don’t think Obama is hurting Romney much. The only people making a big deal out of this are the confused sports fans that think politics is a game that they get to play in, and the fascist nutjobs that want to enforce conservative purity at all costs upon all of America even if Americans doesn’t want pure conservatism.

Hawthorne on March 31, 2010 at 12:33 AM

It might also affect those who don’t want anything to do with ObamaCare. But hey, if it doesn’t hurt Romney, you have nothing to worry about! Not even those “fascist nutjobs” can touch Superman!

ddrintn on March 31, 2010 at 10:36 PM

Well, I’ve said for quite awhile, don’t even think about Mitt being the opposite Obama guy.

He’s just a white Obama.

No thanks.

AnninCA on March 31, 2010 at 11:42 PM

A new Harris poll finds that members of the tea parties choose Mitt Romney as their preferred 2012 candidate.

Here’s an interesting analysis of that Harris poll:

So according to the reputable Harris Poll, Sarah Palin has more support than Romney among Republicans, but Romney has more support among Tea Party Supporters than Palin.

One note of caution. This poll was conducted on-line. While Harris took pains to try to weight the responses per gender, age, political affliation, etc., the self-selecting nature of such a poll limits its usefulness.

Now, is that not interesting? If I were to guess, I would say that it seems that the majority of Palin supporters are Tea Party supporters, but the majority of Tea Party supporters are NOT Palin supporters.

Now before any of you get too excited, please note that the Margin of Error places our top three contestants in a statistical tie for first place. Nobody has this sewn up by a long shot. But this poll does put the lie to the idea that Romney is anathema to the supporters of the Tea Party movement, or that Palin has the clear majority of Tea Party support.

Source.

Conservative Samizdat on April 1, 2010 at 12:33 AM

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