Jewish World Review April 4, 2012/ 12 Nissan, 5772
Obamacare will be Romney's savior
By Jonah Goldberg
It looks as if it's going to be
But that news hasn't reached his competitors yet.
Psychoanalyzing the remaining contenders for why they are staying in the race is probably a fool's errand.
But Santorum says otherwise, and one of his core arguments is that the author of "Romneycare" -- the
"Frankly, I think he will be destroyed by President Obama on this issue come the fall," Santorum told
The funny thing is: Even as they were saying he can't attack Obamacare, Romney was -- you guessed it -- attacking Obamacare. Romney has been attacking Obamacare since its inception. "I'll stop it in its tracks on day one!" he promises constantly on the stump.
Throughout this primary season, the urge to sound like pundits has been strong with some of the candidates, particularly Santorum and Gingrich -- probably because they were pundits before they got into the race. As a result, they've imported a style of argumentation better suited for high school debate class. Yes, Romney might be inconsistent to attack Obamacare, at least on the mandate, but there's no basis in reality to say he "can't" attack it nonetheless.
Obama opposed the mandate vociferously when running against
Moreover, the broader bipartisan assumption that Romney will be hurt by Romneycare in the general election is deeply flawed.
First of all, Obamacare is unpopular (a fact a lot of political coverage conveniently overlooks). That's why Democrats don't talk about it on the stump, and neither did Obama for a very long time -- until the
It's often said that Obama will respond to Romney's attacks by saying the mandate was based on Romneycare. Romney will respond, "Well, you did it wrong" and promise to repeal and replace the law. All the voters really need to know is that Romney is against Obamacare. Besides, Romney will have plenty of other lines of attack: the raid on
Core Republican voters will vote against Obama, not for Romney. Polls show GOPers are more enthusiastic about voting in 2012 than Democrats. Meanwhile, the independents and moderates who dislike Obamacare, but who are not libertarians, will most likely see Romneycare as evidence that Romney is not one of the right-wing crazies the "Today" show keeps warning them about.
Democrats are truly comfortable only attacking Republicans as "extremists" of one flavor or another. But over the weekend
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