Heh. Former Democratic governor of Pennsylvania Ed Rendell has repeatedly roused the ire of the Democratic establishment in the past couple of months — and I think this one probably isn’t quite what Team Obama is hoping for here, either. As far as I can tell, they’d like nothing better than to not have to stand and defend the ruling:
“Now I think the president can and will continue to point out the good things that are in this act because we’re not going to run away from it. They [Republicans] are going to make it a campaign issue. I have always said we make a mistake, we Democrats, when we don’t stand and defend. It’s going to be an albatross around our neck. Let’s stand and defend it,” Rendell said on Friday’s edition of MSNBC’s “NOW.”
I most indubitably agree that ObamaCare is going to be an albatross around Team Obama’s neck, no matter how they handle it — there’s still that little “the majority of Americans have hated the very idea of this whole thing since day one” problem, and the Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate as a tax… after President Obama promised it wouldn’t be a tax. Obama himself said yesterday that he’s rather not revisit yesterday’s political battles and he’d really prefer to just move “forward” — it’s such taxing press (see what I did there?), they’d actually rather talk about the economy.
Just as an example of one indicator, Mitt Romney raised $4 million dollars in less than 24 hours following the Supreme Court’s ruling on Thursday. President Obama, on the other hand, raised… wait, has anybody been able to get those numbers yet? Anyone?