Romney’s new attack: Why did Obama focus on ObamaCare instead of on the economy?

posted at 10:02 pm on June 6, 2012 by Allahpundit

I want to highlight this because it’s a terrific line of argument and maybe a little blog enthusiasm for it will get him to keep it up. Byron York’s pleased too:

In an appearance in Texas Wednesday, Mitt Romney charged that President Obama “knowingly slowed down the recovery in this country…in order to put in place Obamacare.” The president’s action, Romney said, “deserves a lot of explaining.”

Speaking to an audience at USAA, an insurance and financial services company headquartered in San Antonio, Romney cited a book, “The Escape Artists: How Obama’s Team Fumbled the Recovery,” by the liberal journalist Noam Scheiber. In the book, Scheiber discussed Obama’s thinking on the question of whether, early in his term, to focus more attention on passing a national health care law or to devote more energy to bringing about economic recovery. As Scheiber put it, Obama saw health care as a bigger long-term accomplishment. “There was a strain of messianism in Barack Obama, a determination to change the course of history,” Scheiber wrote. “And it was this determination that explained his reluctance to abandon his presidential vision.” So health care it was…

Scheiber recently wrote that Romney is “misreading” his book. But Scheiber’s explanation essentially conceded that Romney is, in fact, reading the passage correctly. ‘While he’s definitely misrepresenting Summers and the administration, there’s a kernel of truth to his interpretation of my book,” Scheiber wrote. “I argue that Obama really was more focused on long-term, historically significant accomplishments than marginal, near-term differences in the pace of the recovery. On some level, Obama was prepared to accept (and I’m making up these numbers for argument’s sake) three years of painfully high unemployment with health care reform rather than 30 months of painfully high unemployment without it. And the reason is the one Summers alluded to (before disputing): Health care was simply more historically important than avoiding those extra six months of pain.”

What makes this attack bruising, of course, is not only that it ties Obama’s two biggest political liabilities together, it blows a hole in the idea that he’s some centrist pragmatist who’s working around the clock to generate jobs for the unemployed. On the contrary: When faced with the biggest economic crisis in decades, he passed a stimulus and then spent the better part of a year obsessing over the mega-boondoggle atop his Great Society II wishlist. It makes him look grossly negligent on the key issue of the election, in service to a program that a huge chunk of the public hates and which may end up being cashiered by the Supreme Court before the month is out. If Romney can somehow convince people that ObamaCare is part of the reason why the economy’s still as sluggish as it is, I think he’s got a killer attack line. More of this, please.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Comment pages: 1 2

Did you listen to Nancy Pelosi?

The bill was actually a jobs bill.

Or something.

Good Lt on June 6, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Bishop??

KCB on June 6, 2012 at 10:04 PM

C’mon Romney, retire 0…

OmahaConservative on June 6, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Excellent because it emphasizes how Obama put HIS wants, ahead of the NEEDS of the American people.

Americans are suffering because of Obama’s neglect and incompetence.

Right where it hurts.

NoDonkey on June 6, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Well geeze….
It’s because Obama needed to set a stake….

Now he has to protect it..

Good luck…

Ooops…I mean Hope.

Electrongod on June 6, 2012 at 10:06 PM

What? ObamaCare will produce 5 million new green jobs, just you wait.

Bishop on June 6, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Mitt, you’re wrong. The American people did consider Obamacare historic. Historically bad.

GOPRanknFile on June 6, 2012 at 10:08 PM

What? ObamaCare will produce 5 million new green jobs, just you wait.

Bishop on June 6, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Is the phrase….
“he|| freezes over”

included?

Electrongod on June 6, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Maybe Obama should talk about it more…

de rigueur on June 6, 2012 at 10:09 PM

This is maybe the best way Romney can actually use Obamacare against Barry without Romneycare being thrown back in his face. It was an unnecessary distraction from the real crisis at hand. It ties in directly to the argument that Obama can’t lead.

Doughboy on June 6, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Is the phrase….
“he|| freezes over”

included?

Electrongod on June 6, 2012 at 10:09 PM

This is weird.

Half my comments disappeared…

Electrongod on June 6, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Did you listen to Nancy Pelosi?

The bill was actually a jobs bill.

Or something.

Good Lt on June 6, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Wait. Wasn’t it a “you don’t have to get a job now” bill?

de rigueur on June 6, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Excellent because it emphasizes how Obama put HIS wants, ahead of the NEEDS of the American people.

Americans are suffering because of Obama’s neglect and incompetence.

Right where it hurts.

NoDonkey on June 6, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Yep, since day one. I so want to help move him into early retirement.

4Grace on June 6, 2012 at 10:13 PM

The premise is false. Government encourages economic recovery by staying the bloody blue hell out of the way and not doing anything. That is ALWAYS the best plan, and you can take that to the ever-loving bank. That we’d even be having the argument of what Obama should have done to stimulate the economy is precisely what makes me fear for the future of our republic.

gryphon202 on June 6, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Is it me, or does the guy who I really didn’t want to support a year ago, keep making really, really good arguments that I agree with whole heartedly ??

birdhurd on June 6, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Is it me, or does the guy who I really didn’t want to support a year ago, keep making really, really good arguments that I agree with whole heartedly ??

birdhurd on June 6, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Bah. Low-hanging fruit. L’affaire Leavitt is still sticking in my craw…

gryphon202 on June 6, 2012 at 10:14 PM

You have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it.

You have to vote Obama out of office to find what he intended to do in office.

profitsbeard on June 6, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Hmm, I don’t know. What does Bill Clinton have to say about it?

Flora Duh on June 6, 2012 at 10:16 PM

If the Supremes over turn Obowmacare as being Unconstitutional…

… then Obowma wasted the first two years in office shoving this down our throats while implementing economic destroying policies.

I can see another Romney attack ad in the future from my house…

Seven Percent Solution on June 6, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Hmm, I don’t know. What does Bill Clinton have to say about it?

Flora Duh on June 6, 2012 at 10:16 PM

BJ just wants another BJ…

OmahaConservative on June 6, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Hit Obama with this, but please include Pelosi’s Posse when talking about the damage done. Keep them connected. They are just different arms of the same monster.

4Grace on June 6, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Barry actually tried to ram through cap-and-trade BEFORE he switched to Obamacare. A huge energy tax would have been devastating (it still would). It barely passed the House, then died in the Senate.

TarheelBen on June 6, 2012 at 10:20 PM

He’s The One.

He Won.

He’s a Dickford without a hat.

Yeah, that’s the ticket.

hillbillyjim on June 6, 2012 at 10:20 PM

I think this is a great line of attack. If Romney and his team are smart (and I think they are), they will have a press-conference and a campaign ad ready to go within the hour after the supreme court decision comes down.

If Obamacare gets overturned in part or in whole, Romney should be out there immediately making the case that Obama spent over a year taking us down the rabbit hole of Obamacare instead of focusing on the economy.

JohnInCA on June 6, 2012 at 10:21 PM

What? ObamaCare will produce 5 million new green jobs, just you wait.

Bishop on June 6, 2012 at 10:07 PM

He’s already done it. Just ask him.

Christian Conservative on June 6, 2012 at 10:22 PM

The problem wasn’t that Obama failed to focus on the economy, it was that his gargantuan attempt to fix the economy was an absolute, total failure. If he had continued to “focus” on the economy, we would have just got more of the same stupendously wasteful “stimulus”. That is what really should be emphasized, along with all the regulatory crap that has stifled job creation.

ObamaCare was awful for its own reasons, not because it “distracted” the Dems. Whatever Reid and Pelosi would have worked on instead of ObamaCare would have been atrocious.

HidetheDecline on June 6, 2012 at 10:22 PM

What? ObamaCare will produce 5 million new green jobs, just you wait.

Bishop on June 6, 2012 at 10:07 PM

:) Yeah I remember Pelosi saying that Obamacare was actually a “jobs” bill. Then they started saying that it was a “deficit reduction” bill. Why, Obamacare was ANYTHING the left “wanted” it to be.

TarheelBen on June 6, 2012 at 10:23 PM

L’affaire Leavitt

I pay pretty close attention to things. But I don’t know what the heck your referring to.

birdhurd on June 6, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Did you listen to Nancy Pelosi?

The bill was actually a jobs bill.

Or something.

Good Lt on June 6, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Wait. Wasn’t it a “you don’t have to get a job now” bill?

de rigueur on June 6, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Well, thanks Obama and Pelosi, over 8% are officially not “job-locked”, although if you include those who have given up, it may be closer to 17%.

obladioblada on June 6, 2012 at 10:24 PM

In the book, Scheiber discussed Obama’s thinking on the question of whether, early in his term, to focus more attention on passing a national health care law or to devote more energy to bringing about economic recovery.

As if Obama could do anything about the economy, even if he wanted to. So far, he’s displayed a complete lack of knowledge of anything connected with business or the economy.

AubieJon on June 6, 2012 at 10:24 PM

“There was a strain of messianism in Barack Obama…”

Was?

GrannyDee on June 6, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Why did Obama focus on ObamaCare instead of on the economy?

Um, I’ll take Why the folks weren’t stupid enough to believe in Green Jobs and Clean Coal for $2,000, Alex.

hillbillyjim on June 6, 2012 at 10:24 PM

This is maybe the best way Romney can actually use Obamacare against Barry without Romneycare being thrown back in his face. It was an unnecessary distraction from the real crisis at hand. It ties in directly to the argument that Obama can’t lead.

Doughboy on June 6, 2012 at 10:11 PM

I agree. It’s a very smart angle for mods and independents in particular. Conservatives shouldn’t find any comfort in any conveniently timed government expansion, but hopefully this is just campaigning talk.

Dongemaharu on June 6, 2012 at 10:25 PM

BJ just wants another BJ…

OmahaConservative on June 6, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Don’t repeat this, but rumor is the boy king would most likely be happy to oblige.

Flora Duh on June 6, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Meh…

Obama: Voters wonder if he can rebuild economy

Seven Percent Solution on June 6, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Was?

GrannyDee on June 6, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Yes, he’s gone on to the next, higher level. (Not the Choom level, the one that’s above messianic)

4Grace on June 6, 2012 at 10:27 PM

In my opinion, this is Romney’s single best line of attack. Majority of voters didn’t want O-Care. Majority of voters wanted economic recovery. This will resonate like crazy.

MadisonConservative on June 6, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Romney will need to evolve this attack line to show how Obamacate actually harmed the economy as well. The job losses in the medical equipment industry would be a good place to start.

Queasy on June 6, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Allahpundit? Is that you?

Have you changed your meds or something? This was an awfully … upbeat posting.

You still delirious about last night? ;-)

nukemhill on June 6, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Was?

GrannyDee on June 6, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Yes, he’s gone on to the next, higher level. (Not the Choom level, the one that’s above messianic)

4Grace on June 6, 2012 at 10:27 PM

The narcissist:

* Feels grandiose and self-important (e.g., exaggerates accomplishments, talents, skills, contacts, and personality traits to the point of lying, demands to be recognised as superior without commensurate achievements);

* Feels entitled. Demands automatic and full compliance with his or her unreasonable expectations for special and favourable priority treatment;

* Is “interpersonally exploitative”, i.e., uses others to achieve his or her own ends;

Barack Obama – Narcissist or Merely Narcissistic?

Flora Duh on June 6, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Romney is sounding more and more like the fighter needed to send Barry back to Chicago.

joecollins on June 6, 2012 at 10:31 PM

TarheelBen on June 6, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Thing is, they might be right. There will be plenty of green jobs if ObamaCare stays law, as in Soylent Green.

Bishop on June 6, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Bishop on June 6, 2012 at 10:07 PM

:) Yeah I remember Pelosi saying that Obamacare was actually a “jobs” bill. Then they started saying that it was a “deficit reduction” bill. Why, Obamacare was ANYTHING the left “wanted” it to be.

TarheelBen on June 6, 2012 at 10:23 PM

…my favorite was Barbara Boxer declaring the stimulus bill a TAX CUT…and she still was re-elected!

KOOLAID2 on June 6, 2012 at 10:34 PM

More of this, please.

2nd that….

liking mitt more everyday….

so happy he’s not mccain 2.0

Go Mitt!

cmsinaz on June 6, 2012 at 10:36 PM

profitsbeard on June 6, 2012 at 10:15 PM

+1

cmsinaz on June 6, 2012 at 10:37 PM

…my favorite was Barbara Boxer declaring the stimulus bill a TAX CUT…and she still was re-elected!

KOOLAID2 on June 6, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Don’t blame me, I voted for Tom McClintock. So glad I shook the CA dust off my heels after thirty years in 2005…

OmahaConservative on June 6, 2012 at 10:38 PM

“There was a strain of messianism in Barack Obama, a determination to change the course of history,” Scheiber wrote.

Wait a minute here….

This guy displays waaaaay too much “self-awareness” to be a liberal.

Tim_CA on June 6, 2012 at 10:38 PM

:) Yeah I remember Pelosi saying that Obamacare was actually a “jobs” bill. Then they started saying that it was a “deficit reduction” bill. Why, Obamacare was ANYTHING the left “wanted” it to be.

TarheelBen on June 6, 2012 at 10:23 PM

What else would you expect from someone who says dead people were sitting in a chair with her in the WH and talked to her?

Though she’d been to the White House many times before, Pelosi said she suddenly felt “really closed-in in my seat” on this occasion.

“I realized that on that chair with me was Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Hall, Lucretia Mott, you name it, they were all there. Sojourner Truth. They were all there on that chair with me. And I could hear them say ‘at last we have a seat at the table,’” Pelosi said. Source

Flora Duh on June 6, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Romney keeps pounding this message home. Check.

SCOTUS blows it up, making Urkel’s term a complete waste of time.

Checkmate.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on June 6, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Flora Duh on June 6, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Yep.

GrannyDee on June 6, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Allahpundit? Is that you?

Have you changed your meds or something? This was an awfully … upbeat posting.

You still delirious about last night? ;-)

nukemhill on June 6, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Nope, definitely not Allahpundit, looks like his cat has had to step up and handle her business while Allahpundit sleeps off last nights hangover…

SWalker on June 6, 2012 at 10:39 PM

In my opinion, this is Romney’s single best line of attack. Majority of voters didn’t want O-Care. Majority of voters wanted economic recovery. This will resonate like crazy.

MadisonConservative on June 6, 2012 at 10:28 PM

It will resonate. This is a good thing, strategically speaking. But you think it’s really enough to get Romney’s detractors, or most of the fence-sitters for that matter, to forget about Leavitt?

gryphon202 on June 6, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Bah. Low-hanging fruit. L’affaire Leavitt is still sticking in my craw…

gryphon202 on June 6, 2012 at 10:14 PM

I’ve been waiting for Romney to explain his reasoning on appointing Leavitt too. Seems like he’s just ignoring the issue.

Maybe he thinks it doesn’t matter what the Conservative base thinks.

bluefox on June 6, 2012 at 10:41 PM

L’affaire Leavitt

I pay pretty close attention to things. But I don’t know what the heck your referring to.

birdhurd on June 6, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Mitt transition pick a red flag for conservatives

Over the weekend, Politico broke the news that Mitt Romney had tapped Mike Leavitt, the former Utah Governor and HHS Secretary under George W. Bush, to lead the transition effort should Romney win the presidency. This is a very worrisome signal to conservatives holding out hope that Romney will live up to his promises to fight for limited government if elected. As Ben Domenech details, Leavitt is one of the few Republicans who has been actively campaigning for governors to implement Obamacare’s health care exchanges at the state level. Conveniently enough, his consultancy group would profit from such an expansion of government because he has won contracts to set up the exchanges.

Though a lot of the reaction to the Leavitt appointment has focused on support for the key component of Obamacare, it’s worth noting that as governor of a very conservative state, Leavitt expanded government and fought efforts to cut taxes. As governor of Utah, Leavitt received a “D” in the Cato Institute’s 2002 fiscal policy report card – the same grade as Howard Dean that year, making him “one of the most pro–big government governors.” According to the report:

http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/mitt-transition-pick-red-flag-conservatives/577546

Leavitt, in short, was exactly the type of Republican the Tea Party was founded to oppose, and he’s playing a key role in planning a potential Romney presidency, and as the Politico reports, “already, plugged-in Republicans from Washington to Salt Lake City are buzzing that Leavitt could make his own transition next January into the job of White House chief of staff or as a-Valerie Jarrett like personal counselor to a President Romney.”

This is troubling on several levels.

***

If Romney wins, who staffs his administration?

http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2012/06/04/if-romney-wins-who-staffs-his-administration/

Green eyed Lady on June 6, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Whatever; Romney remained silent while the tea party fought like hell trying to stop Obamacare. Romney was no help at all, he didn’t raise his voice and decry Obama for wasting his time on Obamacare, I don’t think he expressed any disapproval of Obamacare at all back at the time.

FloatingRock on June 6, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Maybe he thinks it doesn’t matter what the Conservative base thinks.

bluefox on June 6, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Mitt Romney has been pretty explicit in saying he doesn’t care what the conservative base thinks. I just don’t trust him.

gryphon202 on June 6, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Though she’d been to the White House many times before, Pelosi said she suddenly felt “really closed-in in my seat” on this occasion.

“I realized that on that chair with me was Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Hall, Lucretia Mott, you name it, they were all there. Sojourner Truth. They were all there on that chair with me. And I could hear them say ‘at last we have a seat at the table,’” Pelosi said. Source

Flora Duh on June 6, 2012 at 10:39 PM

I’ll take, “Too many botox shots for $1,000, Alex.”

GrannyDee on June 6, 2012 at 10:45 PM

In my ideal America, a President would stay on the sidelines and offer inspiration and nothing else. In 1907 something like this happened when Teddy Roosevelt (the original Progressive) let J.P. Morgan solve the financial crisis.

The problem is that for the last hundred years every President has meddled in the market to a greater or lesser extent. We need a President to unravel the ropes and cut the chains that restrict business and industry.

There is a legitimate need for government regulation of business, but almost all of that would be at a state level. Someone should tell Romney that Reagan is a hero to the right mainly because he tried (with some success) to roll back the growth of government.

halfbaked on June 6, 2012 at 10:46 PM

I want to highlight this because it’s a terrific line of argument and maybe a little blog enthusiasm for it will get him to keep it up.
[...]
If Romney can somehow convince people that ObamaCare is part of the reason why the economy’s still as sluggish as it is, I think he’s got a killer attack line. More of this, please.

-Allahpundit

Is this the same Allahpundit? It’s so nice to see Allahpundit doing something POSITIVE and encouraging instead of constantly trying to throw cold water on any good news related to our chances in the presidential election.

More of this Allahpundit, PLEASE.

bluegill on June 6, 2012 at 10:46 PM

It will resonate. This is a good thing, strategically speaking. But you think it’s really enough to get Romney’s detractors, or most of the fence-sitters for that matter, to forget about Leavitt?

gryphon202 on June 6, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Probably not, but I believe the number of actual undecideds at this point is huge. I think this should grab their attention.

MadisonConservative on June 6, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Probably not, but I believe the number of actual undecideds at this point is huge. I think this should grab their attention.

MadisonConservative on June 6, 2012 at 10:47 PM

I honestly hope it does. I want Obama to lose far worse than I want to keep Romney out of the White House. That doesn’t override this dreadful feeling I’ve been living with that we pissed away any real chance at meaningful change long ago.

gryphon202 on June 6, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Why did Obama focus on ObamaCare instead of on the economy?

“Never let a crisis go to waste.”

malclave on June 6, 2012 at 10:49 PM

I’ll take, “Too many botox shots for $1,000, Alex.”

GrannyDee on June 6, 2012 at 10:45 PM

LOL That’s what I thought too. Especially when I read this:

Bush, whom Pelosi called “really a lovely man” despite their disagreements…

Flora Duh on June 6, 2012 at 10:50 PM

In my opinion, this is Romney’s single best line of attack. Majority of voters didn’t want O-Care. Majority of voters wanted economic recovery. This will resonate like crazy.

MadisonConservative on June 6, 2012 at 10:28 PM

And, if Romney attacks in just this way, cool and calm and collected, matter of fact, it will work just like Walker’s approach did over the last year or so. It’s okay to go for the jugular, but a soft slice always works better than a dive into it.

TXUS on June 6, 2012 at 10:53 PM

The beginning portion of this video is about Romney/Obamacare and one portion shows that Romney was enthused that Obama would learn from and improve on Romneycare. It sounds like his comments were made after Obamacare passed, so Romney was evidently pleased with Obamacare in its final form.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWDJEc92d38

FloatingRock on June 6, 2012 at 10:54 PM

And, if Romney attacks in just this way, cool and calm and collected, matter of fact, it will work just like Walker’s approach did over the last year or so. It’s okay to go for the jugular, but a soft slice always works better than a dive into it.

TXUS on June 6, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Until Romney makes another uber-gaffe.

gryphon202 on June 6, 2012 at 10:55 PM

What makes this attack bruising, of course, is not only that it ties Obama’s two biggest political liabilities together, it blows a hole in the idea that he’s some centrist pragmatist who’s working around the clock to generate jobs for the unemployed. On the contrary: When faced with the biggest economic crisis in decades, he passed a stimulus and then spent the better part of a year obsessing over the mega-boondoggle atop his Great Society II wishlist

YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH. You go, Mitt!

exliberal on June 6, 2012 at 10:55 PM

In my opinion, this is Romney’s single best line of attack. Majority of voters didn’t want O-Care.

MadisonConservative on June 6, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Most voters oppose Obamacare but there’s no indication that Romney was one of them.

FloatingRock on June 6, 2012 at 10:56 PM

bluefox on June 6, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Mitt Romney has been pretty explicit in saying he doesn’t care what the conservative base thinks. I just don’t trust him.

gryphon202 on June 6, 2012 at 10:45 PM

I don’t trust him at all and he’s getting on my nerves with his johnny come lately remarks. Good grief, is he just now figuring out that B.O. put Obamacare ahead of the economy?? And that is going to be an “attack”??

Is it true that neither Romney nor Obama went to Wisconsin?

bluefox on June 6, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Until Romney makes another uber-gaffe.

gryphon202 on June 6, 2012 at 10:55 PM

As if gaffes matter at this point. If they do, Obama-Kardashian has sure had a few himself.

TXUS on June 6, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Not only did Obama pursue his “historic” health care plan instead of focusing on the economy, he also made his “historic” attempt to land the Olympics, his “historic” speech in Cairo, engineered the “historic” bailout of GM, and accepted his ridiculous “historic” Nobel Peace Prize. All while millions were losing jobs.

This is a very rich vein for attack.

rockmom on June 6, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Is it true that neither Romney nor Obama went to Wisconsin?

bluefox on June 6, 2012 at 10:57 PM

That’s what I’ve heard, which is funny because I seem to recall that there was an piece here at HotAir in recent days attacking Obama for not going to Wisconsin, and it turns out that Romney didn’t either.

The joke is on both of them, let’s vote for Gary Johnson in 2012.

FloatingRock on June 6, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Most voters oppose Obamacare but there’s no indication that Romney was one of them.

FloatingRock on June 6, 2012 at 10:56 PM

I don’t recall hearing anything from Romney during that time. I and another group of people were heavily involved in fighting Obamacare for several months. Sarah was right when she held her finger up in the air and indicated that’s how Romney decides what he’s for or against. And it’s normally after others’ have made a decision on the issue.

bluefox on June 6, 2012 at 11:01 PM

If Romney can somehow convince people that ObamaCare is part of the reason why the economy’s still as sluggish as it is, I think he’s got a killer attack line.

Well the beauty of the argument is that it’s completely true.

ButterflyDragon on June 6, 2012 at 11:01 PM

As if gaffes matter at this point. If they do, Obama-Kardashian has sure had a few himself.

TXUS on June 6, 2012 at 10:59 PM

If gaffes really still count as politicians accidentally telling the truth, then you bet your sweet fat ass gaffes matter coming from the Republican who’s trolling for my vote. It disgusts me how many Republican tools don’t seem to care that they’re getting used.

gryphon202 on June 6, 2012 at 11:01 PM

wait wait wait! Romney is attacking Obama about Obamacare AND the economy in the same sentence AND linking them together. OH BOY! This is gonna be a good!

MrX on June 6, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Is it me, or does the guy who I really didn’t want to support a year ago, keep making really, really good arguments that I agree with whole heartedly ??

birdhurd on June 6, 2012 at 10:13 PM

I think of the past two months Romney has illustrated just how bad a candidate McCain was. McCain’s only hope was choosing Palin and he threw her to the dogs(media) while refusing to go after the media.

midgeorgian on June 6, 2012 at 11:02 PM

I think of the past two months Romney has illustrated just how bad a candidate McCain was. McCain’s only hope was choosing Palin and he threw her to the dogs(media) while refusing to go after the media.

midgeorgian on June 6, 2012 at 11:02 PM

+1

gryphon202 on June 6, 2012 at 11:03 PM

McCain’s only hope was choosing Palin and he threw her to the dogs(media) while refusing to go after the media Obama.

midgeorgian on June 6, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Bush, whom Pelosi called “really a lovely man” despite their disagreements…

Flora Duh on June 6, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Wonder if she was clenching her teeth and if her eyes were rolling around in her head when she said this.

For some reason, Pelosi has always reminded me of Linda Blair in The Exorcist.

GrannyDee on June 6, 2012 at 11:10 PM

If gaffes really still count as politicians accidentally telling the truth, then you bet your sweet fat ass gaffes matter coming from the Republican who’s trolling for my vote. It disgusts me how many Republican tools don’t seem to care that they’re getting used.

gryphon202 on June 6, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Well, perfect one, how will your life be under another four years of Obama? Talk about being used, what a joke.

TXUS on June 6, 2012 at 11:10 PM

This is maybe the best way Romney can actually use Obamacare against Barry without Romneycare being thrown back in his face. It was an unnecessary distraction from the real crisis at hand. It ties in directly to the argument that Obama can’t lead.

Doughboy on June 6, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Good point. Mitt Romney should pound on him for a couple weeks with this, just to drive Axleshaft nuts.

slickwillie2001 on June 6, 2012 at 11:11 PM

Well, perfect one, how will your life be under another four years of Obama? Talk about being used, what a joke.

TXUS on June 6, 2012 at 11:10 PM

I’m voting for Romney. I’m also being very vocal in criticizing him. The two are not mutually exclusive, and I don’t intend to stop — before or after Romney gets into the White House.

gryphon202 on June 6, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Why did Obama focus on ObamaCare instead of on the economy?

No-brainer there. Healthcare has always been the brass ring for the proggies, the big enchilada, because it means total control. If the proggies can take total control of healthcare, they win elections forever because they will always outpoll Republicans on giving crap away for free.

Government healthcare is the greatest source of political power in the known universe.

The economy is insignificant to them, in comparison.

slickwillie2001 on June 6, 2012 at 11:14 PM

If Romney can somehow convince people that ObamaCare is part of the reason why the economy’s still as sluggish as it is, I think he’s got a killer attack line. More of this, please.

Really? I think the American people already know this. Everything that Obama has done has been against the economy. Taxes, stopping the drilling for oil, shutting down coal plants; the list is endless. We already know all of this.

Oh, and if Romney wants to make this an issue, then he better be explaining why he appointed Leavitt who is a lover of Obamacare to his team. He makes quite a bit of money helping the States to set up the Health Care Exchanges. I think that appointment is a huge conflict of interest.

Is Romney interested in repealing Obamacare or will he and Leavitt work to “amend” it? I think the latter, else why would you want someone like Leavitt?

bluefox on June 6, 2012 at 11:15 PM

Government healthcare is the greatest source of political power in the known universe.

The economy is insignificant to them, in comparison.

slickwillie2001 on June 6, 2012 at 11:14 PM

False comparison. Health care is fully 1/7 of the American economy now, and growing, PRECISELY BECAUSE of programs like Romneycare. Try something different if you want to reverse the trend. Something DIFFERENT, like, you know, actually getting government out of health care?

gryphon202 on June 6, 2012 at 11:16 PM

If Romney can somehow convince people that ObamaCare is part of the reason why the economy’s still as sluggish as it is, I think he’s got a killer attack line.

Ron Paul or any of the other candidates could have credibly made that argument because they fought Obamacare, but if Romney does it it’s just hypocrisy.

FloatingRock on June 6, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Is Romney interested in repealing Obamacare or will he and Leavitt work to “amend” it? I think the latter, else why would you want someone like Leavitt?

bluefox on June 6, 2012 at 11:15 PM

Yeah, but Leavitt was tapped to head the transition team. Even though many important policy advisers are taken from the transition team going forward, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!

/rombots

gryphon202 on June 6, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Rom.. you got a triple last night with no outs.

Start slugging for another base hit.

Simple baseball politics.

amend2 on June 6, 2012 at 11:22 PM

bluefox on June 6, 2012 at 11:15 PM

Yeah, but Leavitt was tapped to head the transition team. Even though many important policy advisers are taken from the transition team going forward, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!

/rombots

gryphon202 on June 6, 2012 at 11:17 PM

:-) I think that’s the problem. What will Leavitt’s role be after the transition? Hmmmm. The U.S. House and Senate are in discussions on how to “fix” Obamacare right now; what to keep and what not to keep. You’re right tho, get government out of our lives and wallet! No wonder people hate politics:-)

bluefox on June 6, 2012 at 11:28 PM

It is a great line of attack… but the media knows it is a great line of attack and will distort the message.

If Team Romney wants to use this they need to have it sharpened.

ninjapirate on June 6, 2012 at 11:28 PM

You have to start chipping away what the main stream americans see as “value” We use it sales – “Perceived Value” Is a pint of thick creamy icecream worth as much as a gallon of fluffy air filled gallon at the same price.

How can you lose your erudite upperclass image without going to a huntin shop in ohio like kerry did?

YOU NEED to reimage-yourself without buying a red pick up truck or

NO ONE can tell you how to put a regular guy face on your self (and i think you pretty much are) but you have to figth the msmedia’s image of you… and you’ll win

70 % of voters no nothing about Scott Walker , the debt ceiling, basline budgetting, and they don’t care!

IMAGE MAN !@

amend2 on June 6, 2012 at 11:35 PM

O.K..Ya…Leavitt’s a pretty crappy appointment.

birdhurd on June 6, 2012 at 11:38 PM

“Never let a crisis go to waste.”

malclave on June 6, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Barry deflated the tires because he believed the American capitalist is so dependable at making the car go that the car would ultimately start itself. He perpetuated the misery Americans were going through in favor of giving Granny the pain pill.

He defines this as “leadership” and historic vision.

rwenger43 on June 6, 2012 at 11:49 PM

I’m voting for Romney. I’m also being very vocal in criticizing him. The two are not mutually exclusive, and I don’t intend to stop — before or after Romney gets into the White House.

gryphon202 on June 6, 2012 at 11:13 PM

As will I, and Romney was close to my last choice in the primaries, but you’re suggestion of those who might support him now as being “used” is beyond the pale.

This country is in such danger right now with Obama, and I’m talking in a national security sense — forget about the economy — not to mention another four years of him in both roles, I will empty my treasure in support of Romney and crawl over broken glass to vote for him. My children’s choice, not mine, has come to this.

TXUS on June 6, 2012 at 11:51 PM

Why Obama focused on ObamaCare is a mystery. He could also have focused on amnesty, which could have helped him get reelected.

bw222 on June 6, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Hit Obama with this, but please include Pelosi’s Posse when talking about the damage done. Keep them connected. They are just different arms of the same monster.

4Grace on June 6, 2012 at 10:18 PM

All well and good, but Romney is running against O’bama first and foremost. Pelosi wasn’t appointed by O’bama, she was duly elected.

And she’s not likely to be un-elected any time soon.

Del Dolemonte on June 6, 2012 at 11:57 PM

Never let a crisis go to waste.

Those words should be ringing in all of our ears.

DrW on June 6, 2012 at 11:59 PM

Comment pages: 1 2