The PJ Tatler

NRO (Heart) Romney? But What About RomneyCare?

I’ve never understood the National Review’s love affair with former governor Mitt Romney (R-MA). He’s got a Clintonian drive to do whatever it takes to get elected. Perhaps some folks on the right just want a body in the White House. But perhaps those people should see how that’s currently working out for Democrats (when the President is not on vacation or on the golf course).

This brings us to NRO giving Willard a free post where he gets to say this without challenge:

If I were president, on Day One I would issue an executive order paving the way for Obamacare waivers to all 50 states … [yada yada yada] … Under our federalist system, the states are “laboratories of democracy.” They should be free to experiment.

We don’t have to bring up the inconvenient truth about the failed experiment of RomneyCare. That’s because Willard is perfectly able to rewrite history himself. Deliciously enough, the National Review’s Deroy Murdock recently caught this item about the strident difference between Romney’s own hardback and paperback editions of his book, No Apology:

Hardback Romney offered cautious comparisons between the president’s health-care reform plan and RomneyCare, the former Massachusetts governor’s own big-government legislation that the Wall Street Journal called “the dress rehearsal for ObamaCare.”

… Paperback Romney is far more fiery and partisan, now that the February 6, 2012, Iowa Caucuses are less than a year away. “ObamaCare will not work and should be repealed,” Paperback Romney roars. “ObamaCare is an unconstitutional federal incursion into the rights of states.”

So,should states be allowed to experiment? Or should aspiring presidential candidates be the arbiters of what is constitutional and what is not? And is the ‘Mitt Flop’ something political observers should pay more attention to? Stay tuned.