Romney spokesman on steelworker ad: In Massachusetts, he would have been covered under RomneyCare

posted at 4:59 pm on August 8, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Mediaite, the key bit comes at 1:25. Are we sufficiently close to the election yet that we’re obliged to give Team Mitt a pass on this purely in the interest of defeating Obama, or is there still time left to wrist-slap him for touting a deeply problematic statist health-care expansion? (It’s not just his spokesman who alluded to RomneyCare this morning but, according to Reuters, Romney himself.) If the answer is the former then I’m not optimistic about holding his feet to the fire from the right once he’s elected. The Democrats have formidable challengers lined up for 2016 in Hillary and Andrew Cuomo, if they’re willing. You don’t really want to weaken President Mitt by criticizing him for moving to the center when he’s facing a brutal struggle for reelection, do you?

It’s not a big deal in the full context of the campaign but, like Erick Erickson says, any hint of backsliding by Romney is noteworthy:

[T]he Romney campaign decided to sabotage itself with a mind numbingly bit of spin that may mark the day the Romney campaign died…

Conservatives have put aside their distrust of Romney on this issue in the name of beating Barack Obama. They thought he and his campaign team had gotten the message and the hints. Consider the scab picked, the wound opened, and the distrust trickling out again.

About the only thing more stupid in terms of building bridges with the right would be to say something nice about fetal stem cell research.

Start your watches for that one!

If I were an Obama advisor, I’d be looking at Saul’s comment as an escape hatch from the rolling clusterfark that is the steelworker ad. It’s a twofer. On the one hand, it lets them grind Romney’s face in the one policy “accomplishment” more than any other that irritates his base, and on the other, it gives them an excuse to tout ObamaCare as a solution to situations like Soptic’s. I’d be surprised if O’s Super PAC isn’t working up a new ad about it already, assuming they’re not backlogged with spots accusing Romney of causing cancer or whatever.

Exit quotation from stalwart RomneyCare skeptic Philip Klein, trying to imagine future Romney talking points in this vein: “Well, in Massachusetts, the rich pay a lot of taxes.”

Update: More from Klein:

It’s hard to say what type of political ramifications this specific development will have, but I do think it’s an example of a broader problem. Romney consistently attempts to make up with tactics what he lacks in vision. Romney’s campaign isn’t driven by any core ideology or governing philosophy, but by responding to news cycles. It is a campaign that was perhaps best summed up by senior advisor Eric Fehrnstrom, when he proudly tweeted yesterday, “On Fox just now Romney was asked to respond to ‘RomneyHood’ charge and called it ‘Obamaloney.’” Conservatives, rest assured – Romney will not allow himself to be called a childish nickname without responding by calling Obama a childish nickname.

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bluefox on August 9, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Thanks for reading!

Probably the Senior Campaign Manager, whomever it is.Like I’m saying, her job is verbalize the campaign platform.

kingsjester on August 9, 2012 at 12:26 PM

YW:-) I don’t know who that would be. But this link has info on some Advisors and inner circle:

Been busy with yardwork today and don’t know if Romney or his Team has addressed this issue.

bluefox on August 9, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Now, back to the topic at hand. I do think the Romney campaign would do better without the scary robot person as press secretary.

Sterling Holobyte on August 9, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Speaking for myself, I agree,

bluefox on August 9, 2012 at 5:23 PM

I say we give the young lady a Mulligan. Geez, how many times has Romney himself put his foot in his mouth and he’s a seasoned politician.

Hummer53 on August 9, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Turns out this was a major screw up. No one seems to mind./ What does that tell you?

Bmore on August 10, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Time for Romney to convene a war council! Fire the McCain type wimps!
Gather the gunslingers that are willing to help. Pick the targets that confirm Obama as a liar and dictator: Hidden records, Obamacare, Fast and Furious, Security leaks, Gay marriage, abortion stance, solar scandals, illegal executive orders that directly contradict laws, failed and corrupt stimulus spending,etc unemployment,housing crisis, military downgrades,….then relentlessly Attack,Attack,Attack, Attack Attack,Attack,Attack! Never Defend..Never explain anything to any Dimocrat!! Take the battle to the people! They will elect you president!!

Marco on August 10, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Turns out this was a major screw up. No one seems to mind./ What does that tell you?

Bmore on August 10, 2012 at 8:08 AM

So what do we hear from the Romney camp? Crickets! They say that a cover up is worse than the crime. Well, Romney’s silence on this is worse. I’ve always thot that if one doesn’t object to something, then they are in agreement with it. Sad, really sad.

I think Romney has all of his advisors, plus John McCain, Jeb Bush & Rove advising him. Same old same old as 2008. Oh, what’s Huckabee on the list to speak for? Talk about a TV personality:-)I swear, Bmore, you and Flora Duh, Resist We Much and many others could run Romney’s Campaign so much better!!!

bluefox on August 10, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Marco on August 10, 2012 at 10:09 AM

You’re right of course. But Romney would have to morph into an Allen West, Trump and Gingrich!!!

bluefox on August 10, 2012 at 11:31 AM

THIS is how you take the fight to the 0bamaGanda Media:

Sarah Palin accuses media of ‘prostituting’

“Some of these reporters who know the truth about this situation because they were in the room, in the press conference, or teleconference room listening to this — I think you said it was back in May — and now they’re watching this ad play out from the super PAC, they know what happened, and I don’t know how they can sleep at night,” Palin said Thursday on Fox News’ “Hannity.”

No wonder the stay-at-home Sketchy supporters hate her today. She is a capable republican, unlike their favorite liberal.

DannoJyd on August 10, 2012 at 10:32 PM