Pundit after pundit and political junkie after political junkie have pronounced Mitt Romney’s 2012 chances dead or mortally wounded by the recent Health Care debate and passage of the bill. Democrats of all ranks (even President Obama himself) have gleefully compared their health care plan to Mitt’s health care plan in Massachusetts. The reasons why this comparison is false are too numerous to effectively lay out here, but this, this, this, and this should get you started. Also, kudos to T-Paw for stating the obvious that Mitt did and would’ve continued to do his best to fix health care in Massachusetts if Mitt was still governor. However, far too many conservatives have fallen into trap set for us by the democrats and that is where the pessimism for 2012 comes from. However, as Mark B. Lowe speculates,
All they have accomplished in the past few weeks since ObamaCare has passed is to make Mitt Romney a indispensable part of the biggest political conversation going on in the country right now. He is continually being interviewed on local and national media. His name, face, and voice is everywhere. TV, Radio, Newspapers, Magazines, Internet — they are all clamoring to talk to Romney. And what do they want to talk about? HealthCare. Mitt hasn’t been in this much demand since he ended his 2008 Presidential more than two years ago. It is all free publicity for him. The results are when people think of HealthCare and Republican, they think not of Huckabee, Palin, Pawlenty, Gingrich, or any other potential Romney rival. They think of the former Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney. And with the national conversation firmly focused on HealthCare right now, they are thinking of Mitt a lot. And it’s all thanks to those who wish to destroy him.
The media has pushed, prodded, and grilled Mitt since the passage of Obamacare trying to force him to make the false choice of admitting his health care plan in Massachusetts was a mistake or calling on republicans to tone down the rhetoric against Obamacare. What democrats don’t seem to understand is that Mitt lost the 2008 nomination because the average citizen didn’t know Mitt very well at all. Mitt spent the majority of his campaign just trying to build name recognition with the average voter, and now the dems are giving Mitt millions of dollars worth of free publicity. The more people get to know Mitt and hear how articulate he is and the strong and positive vision Mitt has for America, the more appealing Mitt becomes. Even when people disagree with Mitt on certain details of his plan, no objective person can listen to Mitt and not conclude that Mitt has the best interests of the country at heart and that Mitt is an extremely intelligent and capable leader. All of this free publicity is giving Mitt the platform to explain his views on health care in a detailed way which debates and commercials during a campaign don’t allow. Mitt is at his best when he is allowed more than 30 seconds to explain an idea and Mitt also shines when he is under attack and has a chance to defend himself.
Exit Question: Are the dems rethinking their strategy to attack Mitt?