Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Rightwing riot over Romneycare

Team Rmoney is apparently hellbent on convincing me they're trying to throw the Mittster's nomination away. After months of carefully avoiding any mention of Romney's signature achievement as governor of Massachusetts, Mitt's PressSec deployed Romneycare as a defense.
A Mitt Romney spokesperson offered an unusual counterattack Wednesday to an ad in which a laid-off steelworker blames the presumptive GOP nominee for his family losing health care: If that family had lived in Massachusetts, it would have been covered by the former governor’s universal health care law.

“To that point, if people had been in Massachusetts, under Governor Romney’s health care plan, they would have had health care,” Andrea Saul, Romney’s campaign press secretary, said during an appearance on Fox News.
This isn't a gaffe. Saul evoked it twice and Romney made a gurgling reference to it recently as well. Unsurprisingly, the mere mention of any word that ends in "care" sent the wingnuts into a dither. Horrified and angry tweets immediately ensued.

Trying to figure Team Rmoney's strategy here. Maybe they're hoping to dislodge the tax return narrative by creating a (they hope) temporary wingnut shitstorm or Slippery Mitt really is deliberately throwing the race because he doesn't want to be the president if he has to show his tax returns.

Or, we could dust off my favorite conspiracy theory. In which case, the GOP powerbrokers never intended to nominate Mitt and this is all part of an elaborate bait and switch plan. Yes, I know it's absurdly farfetched, but you have to admit, if they didn't nominate him after all, it would certainly change the dynamics of the race.

Addendum: Just off the tweetwire, Rushbo weighs in with disgust and "also dings Romney for 'lack of understanding or desire to join the Chick-fil-A day.'"

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Blogger H.K. Anders said...

I think this was Mitt's general election pivot to the center. He ran as a far-right wingnut during the primaries, but realized he needed to moderate his position a little to reach the broad middle of the electorate if he's going to beat Barack Obama.

You're right. This was no gaffe. It was a deliberate effort to tell the right-wing base that it would have to go f*&% itself for a few minutes while Mitt tries to bridge some of the gap between himself and the millions of voters who do not believe Obama is a Kenyan-born Muslism socialist Hitler.

5:11:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Weird strategy. Base doesn't take well to being dissed. They like to think of themselves as all-powerful opinion makers. And how can he hold to that strategy? His hold on the base is already shaky and he'll lose them altogether if he keeps going there.

5:49:00 PM  

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