Lots of commotion yesterday after Andrea Saul — Mitt Romney’s press secretary — spoke out in defense of RomneyCare on Wednesday. You know, defending the Massachusetts law just like Romney has for years. This is as far from news as I am from Timbuktu. But you wouldn’t know that if all you heard was the hyperventilating:
“OMG. This might just be the moment Mitt Romney lost the election,” Red State’s Erick Erickson tweeted with a link to a news story about Saul’s remarks. “Wow.”
On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh decried Saul’s comments as a “potential gold mine for Obama supporters,” and Ann Coulter was particularly irate during an appearance with Sean Hannity on Fox News.
“Anyone who donates to Mitt Romney, and I mean the big donors, ought to say, ‘If Andrea Saul isn’t fired and off the campaign tomorrow, they are not giving another dime,’ ” Coulter said. “There’s no point in you doing your show, there’s no point in going to the convention and pushing for this man if he’s employing morons like this.”
What’s the plural of Francis? I need to say “Lighten up, Francis” to all of them, but I only want to have to say it once.
If Romney does as well in November as some (including me) think he might, he might be something unique in American history: The first President to win a mandate based on total mistrust. At least, I can’t think of another.
That might be a sign of increasing health in our body politic. We’re setting the right goals, but keeping a very wary eye on the man in charge of winning them.