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Sat Mar 31, 2012, 04:13 PM

Mitt Romney’s Obamacare Nightmare

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/03/31/michael-tomasky-on-mitt-romney-s-obamacare-nightmare.html

Michael Tomasky on Mitt Romney’s Obamacare Nightmare
by Michael Tomasky Mar 31, 2012 4:45 AM EDT
Sure, it’ll be a setback for the Obama campaign if the Supreme Court strikes down the health-care law. But it may well be worse for Romney.



Everybody is speculating about what the impact on President Obama will be if the Supreme Court strikes down the health-care law. Understandable, since the law originated with him. But it got me wondering: what about the impact on the Romney campaign? I haven’t read a word about this, I suppose because it’s generally assumed that any crushing defeat for Obama (the conventional wisdom on an adverse high-court ruling) is a moment of ecstasy and mirth for Mitt Romney. But it isn’t necessarily so. A ruling against the law, depending on its scope, has three possible effects. It takes a massive campaign weapon out of his hands. It forces him to answer a key question he has so far not had to answer. And finally, and it has the potential to put him on the defensive since he will have to align himself with an obviously political and unaccountable Court majority.

On the simplest level, Romney’s campaign thus far is built around two bullet points. First, the economy. He wants a campaign that is chiefly about anemic job creation. Now, his problem is that the economy may well be humming along nicely by the fall, with several straight months of 200,000-plus private-sector jobs gains and an unemployment rate down around (or maybe below) the 7.9 percent that it was the day Obama took office. These facts would make Romney’s sale more difficult, certainly. But it’s his main calling card, and it fits tongue-in-groove (or so he says) with his own résumé, so it’s where he wants to keep the conversation.

And that second bullet point, his biggest applause line with conservatives for months? Repeal Obamacare. If the court’s ruling against the ACA is fairly narrow, and throws out only the mandate, he’ll still be able to talk about getting the bill off the books. But if the court rules more broadly and strikes down the whole law, then Obamacare will already have been repealed. This may seem analogous to the problem of having too many presents to open on Christmas Day, but it actually presents two challenges to the Romney campaign.

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Three-quarters of the public thinks politics will influence the Court’s decision. That figure included fully 80 percent of independents (interestingly and perhaps touchingly, just 65 percent of Democrats thought the Court would rule politically). So when a political ruling is handed down, the worst suspicions of four out of five independents will be confirmed. Let Romney praise Scalia and Alito to the heavens in that context.

Look, there’s no question that an anti-ACA ruling is worse for Obama, at least in the short term. But I can guarantee you that the Romney campaign is hoping for a narrow and modest ruling against the mandate that is as non-incendiary as possible—if not, indeed, hoping that the thing is upheld, so they can keep using it as a bludgeon. Anything else gives them headaches and makes them answer questions they’d rather see not asked.

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Sat Mar 31, 2012, 04:21 PM

1. very interesting. thanks BS. nt

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Sat Mar 31, 2012, 04:30 PM

2. This guy owes us a royalty.

Some of us have been saying for weeks that this is a win-win situation for Obama. Despite the MSM and GOP's insistence, a negative ruling would not "crush" him so much as it would crush us -- and make us fight back that much harder against the neo-right wing conspiracy.


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Sat Mar 31, 2012, 04:36 PM

3. I hope we don't find out if it'll be worse for Obama or Romney...

Because if it's struck down, it will be far more devastating to the American people than those two.

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Sat Mar 31, 2012, 04:39 PM

4. If healthcare is removed or neutralized...

Romney's problem is that he doesn't have a whole lot on the economy for anyone except rich people.
While he was Governor of Massachusetts the state was ranked 47th (out of 50 of course) in job creation.
I personally witnessed jobs fleeing the state after he took office. I live in a neighboring state but have worked in MA for most of my working life.
He has no foreign policy experience at all, other than financial deal-making with global financiers. That translates to big profit for few, not fair governance for all. Also, the work he did for the Olympics basically boils down to the same setup - big-money bigwigs wheeling and dealing amongst themselves. I saw a list of people he wants to bring onto his team, and it's basically a who's who of the W. Bush foreign policy team.

So I think at this point he's sort of stuck. If the Supremes strike down the mandate he may get a little bit of mileage out of the HC law.
But when he and President Obama get onto a debate stage together, I fully expect Mitt to be backed into a corner and say some outrageous stuff that shows everyone his true colors.

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