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Mitt Romney: "Without Romneycare, I don’t think we would have Obamacare"

Source: Vox

On Friday, Mitt Romney made a startling statement to the Boston Globe's Taryn Luna: He argued that without "Romneycare," the universal health care plan he signed into law as Massachusetts governor, Obamacare would never have become law.

Speaking after the death of his friend and political ally Tom Stemberg, the founder of Staples, Romney said that Stemberg encouraged him to pursue health care reform. That, Romney argued, led indirectly to Obamacare. Moreover, Romney argues that's a good thing: "So, without Tom a lot of people wouldn't have health insurance."

Read more: http://www.vox.com/2015/10/23/9604510/mitt-romney-obamacare-admission

Surprised that he's finally taking credit.

Whoever uses this as their official campaign song wins.

Love it.

First, decide who you think won Tuesday's debate. Done? OK, now vote in this poll:

Who do you think won Tuesday's debate?

My favorite moments from last night's debate (with video)...

Bernie Sanders: "The American People are sick of hearing about your damn emails"

Hillary Clinton: "No"

Hillary Clinton: "They don't mind having big government to interfere with a woman's right to choose"

Bernie Sanders: "Democratic Socialism" and "Do I consider myself part of the casino capitalist process?"

Martin O'Malley: "The National Rifle Association"

Martin O'Malley: "On this stage you didn't hear anyone denigrate women. You didn't hear anyone make racist comments about new American immigrants. You didn't hear anyone speak ill of another American because of their religious belief."

Biggest Fail:

Is there anything I missed? What were your favorite moments?

POLL: Who won the Democratic presidential primary debate?

Pretty exciting debate so far.

Love it.

A hands-off Democratic race: Clinton, Sanders won’t speak ill of each other

At least for now, we Dems are lucky to have such a civil primary race. We could learn something from our candidates. From the Washington Post...

Hillary Rodham Clinton hit on a variety of subjects at her sun-splashed campaign rally here this weekend, but not once in her 30 minutes of speaking did she utter these words: Bernie Sanders.

Campaigning 1,200 miles away in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Sanders was interrupted for applause 77 times — but not a single line in the senator’s nearly hour-long stump speech referred to Clinton or any other Democratic primary opponent.

The Republican presidential campaign is being dictated by how the 17 candidates, led by Donald Trump, attack each other — from policy disagreements to nasty personal barbs.

The Democratic race stands in stark contrast. Despite tightening polls, the two leading candidates refuse to draw sharp contrasts, let alone criticize each other, leaving voters to discern the differences in their agendas and priorities largely on their own.

Read more: http://wapo.st/1XxDsVb

Seems like a good day to re-post this image...

Ken Burns: Confederate flag isn't about heritage. It's about resistance to civil rights.

Interesting point about SC articles of secession.

Ken Burns, the documentarian behind PBS's acclaimed The Civil War series, blasted the myth that the Confederate flag isn't a symbol of racism and white supremacy during a Thursday appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe.

"I think what happens is that we build up over time the sense of an excuse about why it came," Burns said. "If you read … South Carolina's articles of secession in November — after Lincoln's election of 1860 — they don't mention states' rights, they don't mention nullification. They mention slavery over and over again."

He later added, "Those (Confederate) flags came in after Brown v. Board of Education. This is not about heritage. This is about resistance to civil rights."

More: http://www.vox.com/2015/6/25/8846879/ken-burns-civil-war

Joan Walsh: Hillary Clinton is returning Dems to their liberal roots

Interesting perspective from Joan Walsh at Salon. Hillary is "finally being her real self."

Hillary Clinton’s first campaign rally felt like a coming out party for a woman who’d been shoved in a closet back in the 1990s and hadn’t seen much daylight since. Wonkish Hillary, liberal Hillary; the Eleanor Roosevelt admirer; the Children’s Defense Fund attorney. That’s who promised an adoring crowd on a bright sunny Saturday, in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, that she’d bring back “an America where if you do your part, you reap the rewards; where we don’t leave anyone out, or anyone behind.”

We didn’t get to know this Hillary while her husband was president, especially after the failure of the healthcare reform project she led. She was too feminist, too liberal, too all around off-putting to be much help to her husband’s effort to rebrand the Democratic Party with a common sense centrism that wouldn’t frighten away white Southern men. The Clinton operation looked for ways to sand off the First Lady’s rough edges, mostly with her cooperation. She traded policy for writing books about Socks and Buddy, the Clintons’ pets.

We didn’t see much of this Hillary during her 2008 presidential campaign, either. She was still trying not to scare away the dwindling numbers of white working class voters left available to Democratic Party appeals.

Of course, if you don’t like her, this version of Hillary Clinton is all head and no heart; all about polling data and electoral college math that show a successful White House run requires that she consolidate the Obama coalition, and leave the (Bill) Clinton coalition behind. As an often-vexed admirer of Clinton, I see it as her finally being her real self. The question is, can this Hillary Clinton become president, or will the GOP turn her into a scary Frankenstein monster of liberalism, a cross between Eleanor Roosevelt and Barack Obama?

Read more at Salon.
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