Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul slipped away from the talking points while on the Fox News "Happening Now" program this morning and gave the campaign a brand new headache. This one may be fatal, as it affects whatever base Romney might still have.
While ostensibly on the program to hammer an ad being aired by a pro-Obama PAC in which a man blames Mitt Romney for losing his job and health insurance, and then his wife to cancer that would have been treated under his old insurance policy, Spokeswoman Saul said these words that were followed by a thunderclap of hands smacking foreheads around the nation.
To that point, you know, if people had been in Massachusetts under Governor Romney’s health care plan, they would have had health care.Lord, lord, lord! The last thing conservatives want to talk about, even less than Romney's tax returns (because at least there, they have a common enemy in Sen. Harry Reid), is Romneycare's similarity to Obamacare. Saul's comment turns Romney into the conservative's worst nightmare! Their main complaint about Romney all the way back to the primary season was his implementation of Obamacare on a state level would make him an ineffective messenger on repealing the president's legislation.
The editor of RedState.com, influential conservative blogger Erick Erickson put it this way:
"This might just be the moment Mitt Romney lost the election. Wow."
As governor of Massachusetts, Romney implemented a health-care legislation that features the same individual mandate provision of President Barack Obama's legislation that has come under constant fire from conservatives since it passed in 2009.
Romney has, however, repeatedly stated that his health care legislation that featured the individual mandate would not be effective as a national model.
And here, on Fox News, the "fair and balanced" network favored by the conservatives Romney needs to turn out en masse if he has a shot at winning in November, one of his chief spokespeople goes and makes the argument that Romneycare should be implemented nationwide by saying these nice people should have been in Massachusetts to get the kind of care they needed.
These are the very same provisions Romney has vowed to repeal from Obamacare if he is elected.Slap.
This latest self-inflicted wound comes the day after Romney referred to the Sikhs murdered by a white supremacist in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, on Sunday as "sheiks" and the same day as the Huffington Post released a story showing Romney started Bain Capital with money from families with ties to Central American death squads.
If this is the Romney plan to get people to stop talking about his tax returns, it might just work.
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