Mitt Romney has been working overtime of late to put some daylight between the health care reforms he shepherded into existence during his gubernatorial term in Massachusetts and the health care reforms recently passed by Democratic legislators and President Barack Obama. But his fellow would-be GOP presidential nominees hate him like crazy, and are striving to paint Romney as the guy who gave Obama the inspiration for all the European socialized medicine we'll all be enjoying, any year now.
So what's Romney going to do if he has to endure a primary season where he gets saddled with the credit for writing Obamacare: The Prequel, and manages to claw his way to the nomination? Duh, this is Mitt Romney! He will run his Fraudbot Principles Degaussing Subroutine Zero-K-Alpha and wildly alter his position! Or so it seems in today's New York Times, anyway:
The Democratic National Committee has posted a video compilation of Mr. Romney's comments praising the Massachusetts health insurance mandate. Twice last week, Mr. Obama pointedly observed that Mr. Romney seemed to be lambasting a federal plan that was derivative of his own Massachusetts model.
"I keep on scratching my head," Mr. Obama said at a fund-raising reception in Boston. "I say, 'Boy, this Massachusetts thing, who designed that?' "
In response, Mr. Romney is reminding audiences that Mr. Obama has cast the Republicans as the "party of no," devoid of ideas. "And yet," Mr. Romney said in Bedford, "he's saying that I was the guy that came up with the idea for what he did. He can't have it both ways."
He added, "If ever again somewhere down the road I would be debating him, I would be happy to take credit for his accomplishment."
Of course, "If ever again somewhere down the road I would be debating him," refers to a time when Romney has won the GOP's nomination for president. (Also: what does he mean by "again?" I don't seem to have any recollection of the Great Obama/Romney Debates of 2008.) So that's the strategy. Rather than be the "party of no," Mitt Romney will represent the "party of no until I win the nomination, and then yes -- or maybe? -- we'll just see how it goes when the time comes BLEEP BLORP BLORP."
[h/t: The Wonk Room]