Friday, February 25, 2011

Considering Romney for 2012 Anyone?

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism

With Mitt Romney a likely 2012 presidential candidate his Massachusetts Healthcare Plan, hereafter called RomneyCare, is certainly to become an issue. In fact Mike Huckabee is already calling for Romney to admit his plan is a failure.
"Ever since the debate over (the national) program began, it’s been compared to RomneyCare, the failed statewide health-care program implemented by none other than my fellow GOP member Mitt Romney when he was governor of Massachusetts,” Huckabee says in the book.

“Any critical assessment of this program will show that it failed … and yet the Obama administration decided to emulate it in its pursuit of a national health-care program.”
Romney, through his spokesperson said he was very proud he was able to get all residents covered when he was Governor of Massachusetts.
"Mitt Romney is proud of what he accomplished for Massachusetts in getting everyone covered,”

“What's important now is to return to the states the power to determine their own healthcare solutions by repealing Obamacare," Fehrnstrom added. "A one-size-fits-all plan for the entire nation just doesn't work.”

What is at issue here of course is not whether RomneyCare really works or whether it is a failure in Massachusetts. However, having said this,  indications are it is not that successful and is placing a strain on the state. From this perspective the federal government certainly ought to take another look at ObamaCare as it is modeled to some degree after RomneyCare. The challenges in court by several states are all well an good {albeit ultimately they will likely render little and be a waste of state taxpayer dollars}. However, repeal is the only realistic path to overturning the lawed legislation..

What is important is to note how Romney is positioning himself as he gears up for a presidential run in 2012. As the architect of RomneyCare his "political ego" will not allow him room to criticize his own plan. On the other hand Romney is shrewdly playing the "states rights" meme as he argues that what works for any individual state will not work nationally as a one size fits all "sock."

Romney is without a doubt a shrewd pol. While he demonstrated conservative credentials by cutting budgetary items while governor he also engineered in MA. the plan that is the darling of all progressives. As a presidential candidate he will position himself as a advocate of giving the states more power over matters and presumably keeping the feds less involved.

The upcoming campaign for the republican party standard bearer in 2012 should prove to be interesting and entertaining. Romney will campaign well. Without a party favorite, as RINO McCain was, he will likely be more aggressive and he will go the distance this time.

As a MA. state resident my take is Romney is a RINO in different clothing. For what it's worth.

Cross posted to the Left Coast Rebel

Via: Memeorandum


  1. He doesn't sound like any conservative I know. Conservative in Massachusettes is like being Conservative in Illinois.

  2. Romney=RINO. Simple.

    If the GOP actually, (and it is still too early to say), endorses him or puts their money on him...yeesh.


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