Nothing like getting Election 2012 off-message from the start, and running up the white flag before the fight has even begun. Shades of the McCain campaign — first, starring in the Steve Schmidt role is Mr. Etch-a-Sketch himself, the ineffable Eric Fehrnstrom:
While congressional Republicans have seized on the Supreme Court’s ruling that President Obama’s health care overhaul is constitutional as a tax, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s top campaign strategist undercut that line of argument Monday, saying that the governor agrees with Mr. Obama that the law is not a tax.
“The governor has consistently described the mandate in Massachusetts as a penalty,” Eric Fehrnstrom, Mr. Romney’s strategist, said on MSNBC. “The governor disagreed with the ruling of the court; he agreed with the dissent that was written by Justice Scalia, which clearly states the mandate was not a tax.”
Because nothing says “vote for me” like “I agree with my opponent.”
During the congressional debate Mr. Obama and his allies repeatedly said the punishment levied against those who fail to obtain health insurance was a penalty, not a tax. During the court battle, however, his legal team switched and said it was, in fact, a tax — and a majority of the court agreed, saying that made it constitutional.
But after the ruling Mr. Obama switched back, saying it isn’t a tax after all.
It’s on his to-do list, but U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says the odds are against repealing the health care law championed by President Barack Obama.
The Kentucky Republican said Monday it’s hard to unravel something of the magnitude of the 2,700-page health care law, WHAS-TV reports.
“If you thought it was a good idea for the federal government to go in this direction, I’d say the odds are still on your side,” McConnell said. “Because it’s a lot harder to undo something than it is to stop it in the first place.”
McConnell still says he’ll do whatever he can to repeal the law.
The sad part is, McConnell’s probably right. A helpful new poll says most folks now just want to “move on” — and why not? The chief justice effectively took Obamacare off the table as an election issue, having given the Rosemary’s Baby of congressional lawmaking the imprimatur of the Supreme Court.
As Rosemary herself observes as she gets impregnated by Satan: “This is no dream — this is really happening.”