I wonder what’s on President Obama’s mind when it comes to the 2012 election? Politico recently reported:
President Obama on Monday once again brought up Mitt Romney’s role in expanding health care in Massachusetts, . . .
Speaking to governors of both parties, Obama said Romney actually had a decent idea about addressing the country’s health care system. “I know that many of you have asked for flexibility for your states under this law,” Obama said at the White House. “In fact, I agree with Mitt Romney, who recently said he’s proud of what he accomplished on health care in Massachusetts and supports giving states the power to determine their own health care solutions.”
This re-emphasis by the President just re-confirms that Obama’s got Romney Fever . . . and he just can’t shake it! And it’s obviously highly contagious since all his closest aides have it too (Axelrod, Gibbs, Daley). In fact, the rest of that Politico article reads eerily similar to my initial post in this Health Care series “Mitt Romney vs Health care: ‘The Problem’ (Or is it?)”
Also, since first researching that post I’ve found even more supporting data where Obama . . .
“We thought that if we shaped a bill that wasn’t that different from bills that that had previously been introduced by Republicans — including the Republican governor in Massachusetts who’s now running for president — that we would be able to find some common ground there, and we just couldn’t.”
and Gibbs . . .
“I’ve talked about the fact that this legislation looks an awful lot like what happened in Massachusetts, and I’m sure Governor Romney hates every time I say that. “
. . . have sought occasion to drive a wedge between Romney and the conservative/libertarian base of the GOP. Remember, Obama has no Democratic Primary fight . . . so he can use his resources and talking points to try to effect the outcome of the GOP nomination. So, yesterday’s comment by our President makes the tally for this specific line of attack on Romney to 3 for Obama himself, 2 for Gibbs, 1 for Axelrod, and 1 for Daley. At least Obama has been able to refrain from repeating his freudian slip of calling Romney the “current Republican Nominee.” But, his actions are still speaking louder than even those words.