Good for Big O, who is nailing Romney for flopping around madly on the health care law’s insurance mandate. In a too-clever-by-half move, Romney, after years of defending the mandate against the charge that it was a tax, has now joined the rest of the right-wing horde—and against his own top adviser—in claiming the mandate is now a tax, via Justice John Roberts judicial alchemy.
About Romney’s reversal, Obama told WLWT in Cincinnati:
“The fact that a whole bunch of Republicans in Washington suddenly said this is a tax — for six years, he said it wasn’t, and now he suddenly reversed himself. And so, the question becomes ‘Are you doing that because of politics? Are you abandoning a principle that you fought for for six years simply because you’re getting pressure for two days?'” Obama said.
Where was the pressure coming from? Big O nailed one of the culprits, as the Associated Press reported:
Obama says in an interview with NBC affiliate WLWT in Cincinnati that Romney supported the individual mandate as Massachusetts governor but “has suddenly reversed himself.” Obama says it raises questions over whether Romney is abandoning a principal after “getting pressure for two days from Rush Limbaugh” or other critics.
Obama is right of course. Mittens is worried that folks like Limbaugh will turn on him, should he tell the truth about the mandate, or anything else for that matter. Limbaugh has Romney in his back pocket, and Mittens has to hope that the beefy broadcaster doesn’t sit on him one day and squish him like a bug.
Now, that is leadership, my friends.