Globe to Romney’s defense on health care?

posted at 11:36 am on April 18, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Democrats in Massachusetts and Washington DC must believe Mitt Romney could do some real damage to Barack Obama in a general election.  They have repeatedly and publicly tied him to the health-care plan in the Bay State as a way to push conservatives away from Romney, gaudily “thanking” the former governor for the troubled plan and its individual mandate.  Oddly enough, the Boston Globe attempts to set the record straight by informing conservatives that the governor had little choice in the matter himself:

Still, conservatives might be more favorably disposed if they understood the part Romney played in warding off various schemes feared by business. After an Urban Institute study recommended an individual mandate, Romney made that the core of his plan. That was a way of sidestepping the approach many Democrats favored: a payroll tax of 5 to 7 percent on businesses that did not offer health coverage. That idea, the subject of a planned ballot question, became the preferred approach of then-House speaker Sal DiMasi. Businesses worried, and with good reason, about the costs such a plan would impose.

The compromise that finally broke the long stalemate was based on an individual mandate, but called for companies without coverage to pay $295 per worker per year. That was essentially the Romney plan, but with enough of a business contribution to let DiMasi save face. In a move that angered DiMasi, Romney signed the bill, but vetoed the business levy. The Legislature overrode his veto, reimposing the fee.

DiMasi, however, remained adamant about putting much of the responsibility on business, something both Romney and then-Senate president Robert Travaglini opposed. At one point, DiMasi talked of forcing firms to pay $800 to $1,000 per uncovered employee.

Romney himself has tried to make the same explanation — that the legislature was going to pass a comprehensive plan, and that he acted to make it as business-friendly as possible. The problem Romney faced was his full-throated use of the MassCare plan to support his candidacy in 2008. He positioned himself as someone who had provided a solution to the health-care issue through innovation at the state level, and would be one Republican with the credibility to innovate at the federal level and beat Democrats looking for a second round of HillaryCare.  To some extent, this is a problem he brought on himself, even if the slam against him for the individual mandate is misplaced, as the Globe argues.

His campaign got better news this weekend.  Their major donor to the 2008 campaign has decided to forgive the loans made to, er, himself:

Mitt Romney is starting his 2012 presidential campaign by forgiving the remaining debt his 2008 presidential campaign owed him for the millions of dollars in personal checks he wrote to it.

The former Massachusetts governor last month wrote off $250,000 in loans to his campaign committee, according to a report the committee filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission.

This is actually more significant than it sounds — but not to Romney’s pocketbook.  In essence, he’s written off the last of the $45 million he spent out of his own pocket.  Romney’s wealth far exceeds these figures, of course, but it’s not clear whether Romney will spend another $45 million out of his own wallet again for the nomination.  Even for a billionaire, $45 million is a lot to spend to come up empty.

Since Romney no longer needs to raise money for his old debt, he’s clear to start raising funds for a new campaign.  His exploratory phase will likely be short, and the fundraising will be intense.


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Even for a billionaire, $45 million is a lot to spend to come up empty.

That type of attitude won’t get you very far in Vegas.

JohnGalt23 on April 18, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Democrats in Massachusetts and Washington DC must believe Mitt Romney could do some real damage to Barack Obama in a general election.

Or, they believe that he is exactly whom they want to face Obama, in order to assure re-election.

kingsjester on April 18, 2011 at 11:40 AM

If the Globe is schilling for Romney, its because they know he is very the weakest candidate against Obama.

portlandon on April 18, 2011 at 11:42 AM

kingsjester, exactly, you win the prize.

Jayrae on April 18, 2011 at 11:44 AM

His campaign got better news this weekend. Their major donor to the 2008 campaign has decided to forgive the loans made to, er, himself:

Romney should sue himself.

portlandon on April 18, 2011 at 11:44 AM

What the Globe wants is ObamaCare off the table for Obama. That is why they are trying to excuse Mitt’s passing it — even if he didn’t want to — in Massachusetts. They are telling us the individual mandate was the business-friendly option. And they know that Mitt, if president, would not make the effort to kill ObamaCare

DaydreamBeliever on April 18, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Or, they believe that he is exactly whom they want to face Obama, in order to assure re-election.

kingsjester on April 18, 2011 at 11:40 AM

If the Globe is schilling for Romney, its because they know he is very the weakest candidate against Obama.

portlandon on April 18, 2011 at 11:42 AM

yippers x 2

GrannyDee on April 18, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Romney will be a great candidate against Obama. He is not perfect, by any means, but he has the ability to be a great President. If he has strong Republican majorities in 2013, he will utilize the first two years of his Presidency to make American a business friendly place again. The Republicans have a number of good candidates, but I want to see Romney take on Obama like he took on Kennedy in 1996.

RedSoxNation on April 18, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Don’t trust the LSM on anything regarding the Republicans… Their agenda is showing…

Khun Joe on April 18, 2011 at 11:45 AM

To this:

Romney himself has tried to make the same explanation — that the legislature was going to pass a comprehensive plan, and that he acted to make it as business-friendly as possible.

I say this:

If he really felt it was happening no matter what, veto it and let the Dems override the veto owning the whole mess completely
DrAllecon on April 18, 2011 at 11:25 AM

To this:

The problem Romney faced was his full-throated use of the MassCare plan to support his candidacy in 2008. He positioned himself as someone who had provided a solution to the health-care issue through innovation at the state level, and would be one Republican with the credibility to innovate at the federal level and beat Democrats looking for a second round of HillaryCare.

I say this:

He might have stood a chance if he at least admitted what a mistake it was instead of continuing to shout about how awesome it is.

DrAllecon on April 18, 2011 at 11:25 AM

And to this:

even if the slam against him for the individual mandate is misplaced, as the Globe argues.

I say this:

Bull***t

DrAllecon on April 18, 2011 at 11:46 AM

If Romney gets the GOP nomination, any “purist” who decides he can’t vote for him over “The One” gets exactly what he deserves. Fight it out fair and square for the nomination. But then line up and fight behind the winner. ANYONE but Obama 2012.

Sugar Land on April 18, 2011 at 11:47 AM

If Romney really had little choice in the matter, then why this?

Art Advisor Completes Portrait of Mitt Romney

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.

steebo77 on April 18, 2011 at 11:50 AM

This cartoon pretty much sums up Romney and his Romneycare troubles:

http://media.townhall.com/Townhall/Car/b/holb110413_cmyk20110413024047.jpg

Surprised that NRO posted a new cartoon today of Romneycare:

http://global.nationalreview.com/images/cartoon_041811_A.jpg

But is anyone at National Review willing to admit they made a mistake in promoting Romney in 2008?

texasconserv on April 18, 2011 at 11:50 AM

If the Globe is schilling for Romney, its because they know he is very the weakest candidate against Obama.

portlandon on April 18, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Amen.

steebo77 on April 18, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Or they figure Obama is dead meat and they want to aid the nominee that they can most live with (which means he is NOT the choice the GOP should come up with).

michaelo on April 18, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Isn’t the only reason Romneycare hasn’t completely failed is because the federal government keeps propping it up financially?

Or is that the Maine healthcare program, Dirigocare?

Or both?

Wethal on April 18, 2011 at 11:52 AM

If Romney gets the GOP nomination, any “purist” who decides he can’t vote for him over “The One” gets exactly what he deserves. Fight it out fair and square for the nomination. But then line up and fight behind the winner. ANYONE but Obama 2012.

Sugar Land on April 18, 2011 at 11:47 AM

False premise.

We are fighting for the party nomination now. This is a battle over who will shape the Party for the future as either a fiscally conservative centered party, or a big spending nanny state party like Mitt Romney prescribes to.

portlandon on April 18, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Romney has great hair, great suits, and his voice is evenly modulated, thus meeting all the requirements to be President./

Brian1972 on April 18, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Romney gets the GOP nomination, any “purist” who decides he can’t vote for him over “The One” gets exactly what he deserves. Fight it out fair and square for the nomination. But then line up and fight behind the winner. ANYONE but Obama 2012.

Sugar Land on April 18, 2011

Sorry, friend, this isn’t going to happen for me this time. I am not signing on for a Mr. “I am not so sure that Americans are ready for Entitlement Reform”. I held my nose and voted for McCain because of Palin. I am not going to do it again. I would rather sit it out than put my name to the big mess that will sure to ensue after Romney (or any other RINO) gets nominated. I would rather stay mad at a democrat I didn’t vote for than get frustrated over a “republican” that I did vote for.

Dan Pet on April 18, 2011 at 11:56 AM

You know who this helps?

Definitely NOT Mitt Romney – maybe you should get the NYT, MSNBC, Moveon, and Code Pinko to defend him next! Seriously Hotair – QUITE RUNNING INTERFERENCE!!!

abobo on April 18, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Romney himself has tried to make the same explanation — that the legislature was going to pass a comprehensive plan, and that he acted to make it as business-friendly as possible.

Give me a break. If he signed it into law, proudly and with Ted Kennedy right behind him, and if he was touting it in 2008 and defending it in the aftermath of Obamacare, then he needs to own it. All of it.

Look, if Mittens is the nominee, I’ll vote for him over Obama. It’s a no-brainer. But I’ll hold my nose while doing so, and it’ll take a Presidency on par with Reagan’s to get me to warm up to the guy. For me, it still comes down to this with Mittens. We can do better than him. Seriously, he’s one of the worst nominees we could have.

Doughboy on April 18, 2011 at 11:57 AM

So Mitt blows $45 million with nothing to show for it and he is some type of financial genuis?

unseen on April 18, 2011 at 11:57 AM

I would rather stay mad at a democrat I didn’t vote for than get frustrated over a “republican” that I did vote for.

Dan Pet on April 18, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Hey man, after the primaries are settled you are supposed to take one for the team!

That is what conservatives always have to do.

It’s in the Post-Reagan Era Law of Elections./

Brian1972 on April 18, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Mitt is finsihed. Trump is destroying him. Mitt should just shut up and sit down and go away. mitt is unelectable. He only pulled 9% of the vote in the last CNN gop poll.

unseen on April 18, 2011 at 11:59 AM

@Sugarland

If Romney gets the GOP nomination, any “purist” who decides he can’t vote for him over “The One” gets exactly what he deserves. Fight it out fair and square for the nomination. But then line up and fight behind the winner. ANYONE but Obama 2012.

Sorry, but tried that through two Bushes and got screwed. The problem with that theory is then you keep alive people that should be politically dead. In turn that keeps their supporters active and strong in the organization. So no, you have to kill them – preferably at the primary level, but in these times, when the GOP leaders fail to insist on necessary cuts, then they need to fail in the Fall elections as well. Romney failed to loudly state that Romneycare was a disaster in the past, I’m not going to believe him if he suddenly claims it is now. I’ll stay home rather than vote for Romney.

Over50 on April 18, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Brian1972 on April 18, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Yeah I’ll take one for the team. /

unseen on April 18, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Or they figure Obama is dead meat and they want to aid the nominee that they can most live with (which means he is NOT the choice the GOP should come up with).

michaelo on April 18, 2011 at 11:51 AM

It’s not necessarily that they think Obama is dead meat. The media will always endorse they most moderate candidate on the GOP side (see Mccain in 2008). That way, if they lose the election, they get the Republican with the closest views to their own. I used to get outraged that they would insult our intelligence like this until I took a look around and noticed how many conservatives fall for it.

Kataklysmic on April 18, 2011 at 12:01 PM

So Mitt blows $45 million with nothing to show for it and he is some type of financial genuis?

unseen on April 18, 2011 at 11:57 AM

From his point of view, there are a few things to show for that $45 million.

In 2008, he got national name ID going in a pretty big way.

In 2012, he is perceived by many to be the frontrunner when the green flag drops, which ain’t far off from right now.

From my perspective, 45 mil was a pretty damned big price tag for that, but still, it ain’t nothing.

Brian1972 on April 18, 2011 at 12:01 PM

How is the MSM shilling for Mitt a sign that they fear him?

Ed’s logic does not make sense.

unseen on April 18, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Romney is certainly NOT getting my vote in the Primary, but in the General election it is anyone but Obama.

Mord on April 18, 2011 at 12:05 PM

but I want to see Romney take on Obama like he took on Kennedy in 1996.

RedSoxNation on April 18, 2011 at 11:44 AM

I was there for that election.

Romney got his clock cleaned.

Rebar on April 18, 2011 at 12:07 PM

So Mitt blows $45 million with nothing to show for it and he is some type of financial genuis?

unseen on April 18, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Uh-oh, that’s gonna leave a bruise.

GrannyDee on April 18, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Sorry Mitt by FAIL. This is similar to Bush 43 and NCLB. If the Democrats had come along later and taken direct control of the schools under Obama I don’t see where it matters how much Bush mitigated things on NCLB. Obamacare isn’t possible without Medicare Part D either.

Rocks on April 18, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Globe endorsement = kiss of death.
Just ask Jill Connaughton.

With friends like the Globe, who needs enemies?

MassVictim on April 18, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Rommney’s had his 15 minutes of fame. Now if he’ll just get off the stage and take “The Donald” with him.

Maybe billionaire Rommney can bail out MassCare so that they can stop draining the general fund to support it.

GarandFan on April 18, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Mitt did very well in 2008.

He was a no-name candidate. McCain ran is 2000 and was a national hero. Rudy was the centrist favorite with huge name recognition as America’s mayor. Fre had an acting career and a built in Southern base that adored him.

Yet, Romney out-paced them all. He whipped Rudy and Fred. He ran a much better campaign than McCain and only lost when McCain lobbied Huckabee to throw his WV delegates his way, and because of McCain’s general name recognition.

People love to knock Romney, but much of it is pure irrational hatred not rooted in fact.

swamp_yankee on April 18, 2011 at 12:14 PM

In 2008, he got national name ID going in a pretty big way.

In 2012, he is perceived by many to be the frontrunner when the green flag drops, which ain’t far off from right now.

From my perspective, 45 mil was a pretty damned big price tag for that, but still, it ain’t nothing.

Brian1972 on April 18, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Palin did all that and instead of spending $45 million she made $12 million…..just saying

unseen on April 18, 2011 at 12:16 PM

So Mitt blows $45 million with nothing to show for it and he is some type of financial genuis?

unseen on April 18, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Screetchy CUDA!!

rickyricardo on April 18, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Screetchy CUDA!!

rickyricardo on April 18, 2011 at 12:16 PM

My, what an intelligent coment. It just positively elevates the level of discouse on the thread. Not.

kingsjester on April 18, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Screetchy CUDA!!

rickyricardo on April 18, 2011 at 12:16 PM

That’s all you got? nice rebuttle. The finacial genius blows $45 million of his own money and $45 million of other people’s money for a total of $90 million and he has nothing to show for it. Mitt spent almost twice as much as McCain’s $50 million and 10 times as much as huckabee’s $9 million in the primary and he LOST. He couldn’t buy the election last time and now with Obamacare and Romneycare around his neck he sure in the hell is not going to be able to buy the election this time either.

unseen on April 18, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Romney claims that his plan was good but the legislature grew the program after he left.

That right there shows you he’s no conservative. Any Conservative knows all gov’t programs grow.

He’s a moderate squish, saying whatever he has to at the time to get by at the time.

jacrews on April 18, 2011 at 12:21 PM

but much of it is pure irrational hatred not rooted in fact.

swamp_yankee on April 18, 2011 at 12:14 PM

I think the fact that he’s a typical Northeastern elitist RINO squish, that not only wrecked his state with Romneycare, but has flip-flipped on every major issue – usually more than once – JUST MIGHT be the reason.

Rebar on April 18, 2011 at 12:21 PM

I think the fact that he’s a typical Northeastern elitist RINO squish, that not only wrecked his state with Romneycare, but has flip-flipped on every major issue – usually more than once – JUST MIGHT be the reason.

Rebar on April 18, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Add in the fact that his supporters were behind the scences in the weeks BEFORE the Nov elections knocking
Palin and to some extant McCain trying to blunt her chances of being a player AFTER the election and you got it.

unseen on April 18, 2011 at 12:26 PM

I forgot to mention that he was also beating Huckabee, depsite all the religious baiting, when Romney dropped out at CPAC, a classy move.

So he really beat Huck, Fred, Rudy, Brownback and aeveryone else, and only lost to McCain because of his deals with Huckabee and Charlie Crist’s endorsement of McCain in Florida.

swamp_yankee on April 18, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Palin did all that and instead of spending $45 million she made $12 million…..just saying

unseen on April 18, 2011 at 12:16 PM

To be fair, it isn’t really a good comparison.

Sarah Palin was not involved in the primaries, and was placed onto the ticket with someone else.

Romney was the guy running, so it was his call about what to spend or not.

He does have a pretty good record from the private sector, and the Olympics were a success for him too.

There is much more to consider than just that, like RomeyCare, and his various “changes of conscious” over the last decade.

Brian1972 on April 18, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Add in the fact that his supporters were behind the scences in the weeks BEFORE the Nov elections knocking
Palin and to some extant McCain trying to blunt her chances of being a player AFTER the election and you got it.

unseen on April 18, 2011 at 12:26 PM

That is true, that little episode really pissed me off at the time.

Brian1972 on April 18, 2011 at 12:30 PM

I heard an Romnet interview with Larry Kudlow over the weekend. Kudlow asked him point blank, several times, “do you regret RomneyCare?”. The answer was pathetic each time. It was excuse after excuse and somehow he managed to turn it into an anti-Obamacare answer, even though he signed RomneyCare before most people had even heard the name Barrack Obama.

angryed on April 18, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Charlie Crist’s endorsement of McCain in Florida.

swamp_yankee on April 18, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Crist had already led Rudy to believe he would endorse him, then went with McCain without the courtesy of even a call or email.

Rudy found out on TV just like everyone else.

When Rubio came along, Rudy gleefully endorsed him and went on TV to tell that backstabber story more than a few times.

Revenge is best served cold, as they say.

Brian1972 on April 18, 2011 at 12:32 PM

He does have a pretty good record from the private sector, and the Olympics were a success for him too.

There is much more to consider than just that, like RomeyCare, and his various “changes of conscious” over the last decade.

Brian1972 on April 18, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Honest question. Do you think if the Olympics were held in any place but Salt Lake city do you think it would have been a sucess. Mitt had the entire Morman society to call on for help.

If the Olympics were held in say NY or WA Mitt would have never been able to pull it off IMO.

unseen on April 18, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Basically: If Romney hadn’t been there – we’d have gotten much worse.

THE PROBLEM WITH THAT: What they GOT was BAD enough and, what they got is now a political failure for the Republican party – because, since Mitt Romney put his signature on it, and shaped it – it’s now a Republican product.

And …

It’s a failure.

So I’m not sure what the Globe is saying here. WITH Mitt Romney’s cooperation, they got a failed Socialist HealthCare system. Without his cooperation? Maybe they’d have gotten something much worse. Something that would have already failed. Something that we could have used during the ObamaCare debate to hold up and say … “SEE!! This doesn’t work!! It failed SEE!”.

Instead, what we got in RomneyCare was a bi-partisan plan with a Republican’s name on it – which is slowly strangling the economy of Massachusettes.

And we also got – an anchor around the neck of the next GOP nominee – unless they fully excoriate RomneyCare.

THANKS MITT!

HondaV65 on April 18, 2011 at 12:36 PM

There is much more to consider than just that, like RomeyCare, and his various “changes of conscious” over the last decade.

Brian1972 on April 18, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Any Republican who even “toys” with the idea of socialism is no Republican.

Let him primary Barack – that’s his real party.

HondaV65 on April 18, 2011 at 12:40 PM

If the Olympics were held in say NY or WA Mitt would have never been able to pull it off IMO.

unseen on April 18, 2011 at 12:34 PM

I do. He does have a law degree and business masters from Harvard. He wasnt just a CEO. He created and built Bain. And Bain just wasnt some typical corporation. It was a sophisticated private equity firm that built and saved other businesses.

They analyze captial, management, risks and liabilities. They understand how red tape, taxes and litigation affect business. How business need captial and markets. And they study and implement effective management strategies.

He applied these skills in Utah.

swamp_yankee on April 18, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Any Republican who even “toys” with the idea of socialism is no Republican conservative.

Let him primary Barack – that’s his real party political persuasion.

HondaV65 on April 18, 2011 at 12:40 PM

I wholly reject the premise that Republican = Conservative. It’s not that I fear the Republican party will betray us; it’s that they already have, numerous times in the last two years.

gryphon202 on April 18, 2011 at 12:47 PM

unseen on April 18, 2011 at 12:34 PM

I don’t know, really. I am unclear on the details of how the Olympics were turned around, I just know it was.

I don’t really have a strong dislike for Romney as a person, I just don’t trust him in a conservative political context.

He was good for many businesses before he got into politics, so I’ll give him his due there. As a political leader, much is lacking as far as I am concerned.

Same with Trump, but x10.

Brian1972 on April 18, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Mitt’s expiration date was November, 2008…

Gohawgs on April 18, 2011 at 12:59 PM

If Romney gets the GOP nomination, any “purist” who decides he can’t vote for him over “The One” gets exactly what he deserves. Fight it out fair and square for the nomination. But then line up and fight behind the winner. ANYONE but Obama 2012.

Sugar Land on April 18, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Sorry, I’m sick of doing that. If we can’t get somebody who is at least serious about reversing course and avoiding disaster instead of just slowing us down a bit, then I don’t see the point in voting. If the GOP nominates somebody feckless and useless, I won’t spend the election season badmouthing the guy and telling everyone who will listen that he’s a horrible candidate a la Karl Rove, but I probably won’t stand in line to cast a vote for him either.

Aitch748 on April 18, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Oddly enough, the Boston Globe attempts to set the record straight by informing conservatives that the governor had little choice in the matter himself

Romney still embraces it. That is telling.

Paul-Cincy on April 18, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Let him primary Barack – that’s his real party.

HondaV65 on April 18, 2011 at 12:40 PM

This.

To this day, I believe that on the day he decided to be a politician, he reached into his pocket, pulled out a quarter, and said “heads republican, tails democrat”.

Rebar on April 18, 2011 at 1:53 PM

“People love to knock Romney, but much of it is pure irrational hatred not rooted in fact.”swamp_yankee

Only Massachusetts Repubicans are enthusiastic for Mitt. Rational conservatives will avoid his candicacy like the plague.

wraithby on April 18, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Romney gets the GOP nomination, any “purist” who decides he can’t vote for him over “The One” gets exactly what he deserves. Fight it out fair and square for the nomination. But then line up and fight behind the winner. ANYONE but Obama 2012.

Sugar Land on April 18, 2011

Agreed. It’s just the Palin folks were are talking this way and they have been campaigning and getting no where for two years… they haven’t even come up for breath since 2008.

I’m mad at Mitt. I don’t like the way he acts like he doesn’t have to explain Romneycare and the way he ran on it in 2008… but there is absolutely now way I would vote Obama over anyone else… that includes… Ron Paul or Sarah Palin or Donald Trump.

Anyone, even Biden the dopey, over Obama. Ummmm maybe not Van Jones…

petunia on April 18, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Hey man, after the primaries are settled you are supposed to take one for the team!

That is what conservatives always have to do.

It’s in the Post-Reagan Era Law of Elections./

Brian1972 on April 18, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Sorry, take a look at Bush’s spending numbers, even with a Republican House and Senate; even restricted to discretionary spending if you like.

I can’t afford to take another one for the team, I haven’t finished paying off the last one I had to take for the team.

gekkobear on April 18, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Oddly enough, the Boston Globe attempts to set the record straight by informing conservatives that the governor had little choice in the matter himself:

Meh, it’s just the libtards hitting Mittens from behind — much like a concern troll — while their sojourners hit him from the front. Or as Billy Jeff would call it; triangulating hime then freezing him.

AH_C on April 18, 2011 at 2:39 PM

“the Boston Globe attempts to set the record straight….”

the Boston Globe Democrat attempting “to set the record straight” is the equivalent of Pravda analyzing the benefits of Austrian economics. They do nothing unless it serves their Left agenda.

wraithby on April 18, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Just as the leftist media picked their favorite candidate to beat with John McCain, this time the New York Times eastern edition callled the Globe picks their choice to for the GOP to lose with again.

Don L on April 18, 2011 at 4:01 PM

To this day, I believe that on the day he decided to be a politician, he reached into his pocket, pulled out a quarter, and said “heads republican, tails democrat”.

Naw, both sides had his face on it. Obama had the same coin mad with his face on it, but he doesn’t like it cause his ears were cut off – like Van Gogh.

Don L on April 18, 2011 at 4:04 PM

the Boston Globe attempts to set the record straight by informing conservatives that the governor had little choice in the matter himself:

Only two problems, Romney has stated that RomneyCare is what he’s “most proud of.” So much so, the he demanded that it be included in his official portrait as Gov of Massachusetts, so it’s there in the portrait, on the desk by his left knee.

Secondly a quick Google search will bring up pictures of the signing ceremony. It’s obvious that Romney is as proud of himself as anything he’s ever done or ever will do. He is surrounded by equally pleased laughing and beaming Democrats.

Romney as President? No Thanks!

RJL on April 18, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Hey man, after the primaries are settled you are supposed to take one for the team!

That is what conservatives always have to do.

It’s in the Post-Reagan Era Law of Elections./

Brian1972 on April 18, 2011 at 11:58 AM

The Republicans have used up any loyalty they might have once possessed.

If they can’t stop the Democrats and pass sound legislation into law, they are largely useless and it’s time for us to look elsewhere.

RJL on April 18, 2011 at 8:00 PM

If he really felt it was happening no matter what, veto it and let the Dems override the veto owning the whole mess completely
DrAllecon on April 18, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Wow, so purely for political gain, and not caring a whit about the state he was elected to govern, he should have let the Dems institute a plan which would have been extremely injurious to business in Massachusetts? Brilliant/

Buy Danish on April 18, 2011 at 8:28 PM

I love the people saying he should have vetoed the DEM plans. How about read the post which clearly points out they actually engaged in VETO OVERRIDES. No conjecture or theory necessary.

Resolute on April 18, 2011 at 10:43 PM