Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Thought of the Day

Nearly half of Americans under 65 are discriminated against because of their pre-existing conditions, yet none of those Americans reside in Massachusetts. I wonder why?

I couldn't help but think of that when I was reading this Fox News article that shows the fine line that Democrats must walk when they criticize Romney. On the one hand, they want to tie him to Obama so that he is unappealing in the Republican primaries. On the other hand, the plan will backfire if Romney becomes the nominee.

The eventual Republican nominee will need to appeal to moderates in order to win the election. Unlike the partisan ideologues that control the Republican primary process, the moderates and independents that decide elections often care about real-world solutions to real-world problems.

And unlike his Republican opponents, Romney will be able to say that he solved a problem that affects so many people's lives.

20 comments:

Bill589 said...

Pablo - SS, medicaid, medicare, all don’t sustain themselves. We’re running out of other (future) peoples’ money. Adding Obamacare to the mix is the last thing we need. We need to take the several good steps at reducing costs, not just spreading costs to the rich, future generations, or just not paying the costs. We must repeal Obamacare.

I was happy to read that Mitt is FOR repealing Obamacare. Do I misunderstand?

Dave said...

MassCare doesn't appear to be hurting Romney that much in the quest for the nomination, but it's pretty clear that it will help Mitt beat Obama in the General.

Dave said...

Bill,

Mitt came out for repeal of ObamaCare the day after it passed, and he hasn't let up since.

We can't afford it, and businesses can't afford it.

Anonymous said...

Bill,

Glad to hear your happy to realize Romney is for the repeal of ObamaCare. I'm just surprised you only getting this now.

But better late than never as they say.

Doug

Closer To Home said...

This article (http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/150351-mitts-2008-supporters-romneycare-overblown) appeared in The Hill this morning re: how the party establishment is reacting to Romney and MassCare. Surprising to some, there is not a condemnation, but more of a neutral "not fatal" response.

The same seems to have been true of most of the response generally, except for the groups and potential candidates that need a "wedge" to drive to support their own agenda.

There may be many reasons for the establishment to "hold judgement" on the issue. 1) they're waiting to see how things go with the current court challenges 2) they're waiting to see how well Romney does otherwise before they come down one way or the other (The fact that Romney's numbers still have him as the nominal front-runner provide a strong defensive wall for most of the establishment. It would be very awkward to have been a major thorn in the side of the eventual nominee/president.)

ellie said...

That's what I like about Romney. He's not a bumper sticker, or a mass of rowdy fans building him up into a superstar without warrent. He's a doer. He sees a problem, and works out a solution that will solve the problem. THEN he explains WHY he made the decision and choose that solution. We may not always like what a President Romney does - but we will understand why he made that choice and see the logic and reasoning behind it. The demo's are praying their 'reverse psychology' works and we get Palin nominated, and not someone they will have great difficulty running against like Romney. They want a cake walk to 2nd term, which NUMBERS PROVE would happen should the GOP electorate have a stupid attack and nominate Palin. (Sorry, while factual, that was hate, according to some.)

Virginia Brown said...

I've just been reading an article in Forbes magazine (http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2011/0314/features-clayton-christensen-health-care-cancer-survivor.html) about Clayton Christensen, a world-renowned expert in innovation in business. He has recently (with a book in 2009 plus further experiences) turned his attention to health care. From other things I have read about him, I know that he and Mitt Romney are acquainted. He is exactly the sort of brilliant thinker that Mr. Romney would call upon for innovative solutions to our nation's healthcare problems. I believe that as president Mr. Romney would surround himself with such people as advisors, rather than ideologues whose "solutions" would be motivated more by politics than a desire to improve the country.

Anonymous said...

Ellie,

Can you get through one comment on anything without mentioning Palin. I don't think you could go 1 hour without thinking and/or discussing about her. You are OBSESSED with her. When you make your kids breakfast, do you talk about how much Palin sucks and how vile she is while you ask if they want jelly or butter on their toast?

Let's be honest, we all know you hate her guts. You wouldn't keep mentioning it if it wasn't true. It is like you are trying to convince yourself that you don't. Even the other Romney supporters and the die hard Rombots here on RightSpeak realize it but they won't say it. I don't even care if you do, hate away. Just don't act like it is just her values and opinions when you call her "vile".

A.J.R.

Anonymous said...

I meant to say "and/or discussing her"

A.J.R.

zappo said...

You keep talking moderates and independents. What about conservatives. Without them, there is no nomination for your boy.

Get it?

Anonymous said...

AJR - Can you get through one comment without calling Ellie a hater? You are obsessed with her, and she's not even running.

She made a valid point about Palin's electability.

-Martha

Anonymous said...

Martha,

I thought I was improving...I didn't call you a hater as well. :) My point was that the above post has nothing to do with Palin but she is brought up yet again. I really do not understand why you all continue to mention Palin if she:

a) insn't running
b) doesn't have a chance of winning
c) a terrible person
d) a terrible mother
e) vile
f) a lazy money grubbing b***h
g) will lose all 50 states by 700 zillion votes

If you all dismiss her and think she has no chance, why keep bringing her up?

A.J.R.

OhioJOE said...

If Mr. Romney was serious about killing ObamaCare, he'd tell his friends in Congress to defund it. Oh wait, he does not have many friends in Congress.

DanL said...

AJR has a point about Ellie. Romney was right with MassCare, and is right in seeking the repeal of Obamacare.

Revolution 2010 said...

OJ,

"If Mr. Romney was serious about killing ObamaCare, he'd tell his friends in Congress to defund it. Oh wait, he does not have many friends in Congress."


I'd say he has a few. He endorsed About 3 times as many as Palin in 2010 and had a BETTER WINNING record than her.

You do the math.

Anonymous said...

OJ, I read somewhere today that Romney received the most endorsements from members of congress in 08.

-Martha

Anonymous said...

AJR, maybe you're right. Have you noticed that she is getting less attention than usual from her Facebook/twitter posts? No mileage at all on the recent missives about oil and the NEA. She's firmly planted in the celebrity slot now it seems.

-Martha

OhioJOE said...

Than why could not get his way with the START treaty? Well, he certainly has a better winning record in getting liberals elected to Congress. So we can thank him for our budget mess. The bottom line is that is unable or unwilling to fight ObamaCare. Take your pick. Either way, Conservatives do not need his antics.

OhioJOE said...

2008? the only people who will back him in 2012 are those in the liberal wing of the party. Oh well.

BOSMAN said...

"the only people who will back him in 2012 are those in the liberal wing of the party. Oh well.'


or perhaps those who feel the economy & jobs (like DeMint) are the most important issues.