Willard has spent the entirety of his Presidential campaign crying about how terrible the ACA is. Even the dead, of course, know exactly where the ACA came from, which happens to be the “Romneycare” model of health insurance adopted in Massachusetts, mandates and all. Willard has wept, and wailed, many times about how truly AWFUL it all is. How COMMANIST.
I know that what I’m going to say will shock anyone who has watched Willard’s 2012 Presidential campaign, but guess what? Willard just took all that back.
Tomorrow, of course, he’ll be taking a lot of what he just said back, too. Such is Willard’s Presidential campaign; he’s the guy who you will love at least some of the time.
Mitt Romney on Wednesday cited his record in shepherding through the Massachusetts health care law as a sign of his empathy for all people, talking far more openly than usual about a controversial plan that has caused him so much strife with conservative Republicans.
“Don’t forget — I got everybody in my state insured,” Romney told NBC late Wednesday afternoon. “One hundred percent of the kids in our state had health insurance. I don’t think there’s anything that shows more empathy and care about the people of this country than that kind of record.”
Romney made the comments just before going on stage in Toledo, for a rally in which Romney used President Obama’s health care law as a chief example of what’s wrong with the current administration. The dichotomy of his statements further illustrated the tightrope Romney has had to walk in pledging to repeal President Obama’s federal law, while simultaneously trying to take credit for the state-level plan he signed into law in Massachusetts.
“I will repeal Obamacare and replace it with real health care reform,” Romney said during the rally. “Obamacare is really Exhibit No. 1 of the president’s political philosophy, and that is that government knows better than people how to run your lives.”
Except, of course, that Willard could have written the ACA himself, so closely do most of its provisions track Romneycare. So anyone listening is now left to conclude that Romney is either (1.) a pathological liar, (2.) stupid, (3.) never understood Romneycare when he signed it into law, or (4.) all of the above. The more I see of this guy, the more convinced I am that (4.) is the correct answer.
Willard, quite clearly, is running for President simply because he thinks he ought to be the President. It has become painfully clear that he has no interest in any of the details of the actual job. I can’t help but believe that this also happens to be the way that he “ran” Bain Capital; he was the schmoozer who brought in the initial investors, and then the rest of the Bain gang got busy raping American workers and destroying American communities. Willard has revealed, more than once, that he doesn’t seem to have understood how Bain worked. For a long time, I thought he was playing stupid in order to keep from having to admit to the foul deeds he was part and parcel of.
I no longer believe that. I believe he really didn’t know much about how Bain operated. I also believe that this means that, were he to be elected President, Dreamboat Paul Ryan would be the guy who was actually running things. And Dreamboat Paul really IS stupid, when we talk about how the world actually works. These clowns are too big a risk to let anywhere near the White House come November.