Friday, November 14, 2014


At Hot Air, Noah Rothman asks, "Has Gruber-gate scuttled Mitt, 2016?" Here's the short answer: oh yes, absolutely. If you don't believe that, just watch the first 25 seconds of this video, put together by the Obama campaign in 2012:

As Rothman says:
Romney ... has not been asked to confirm or deny his association with the presently toxic Gruber. Perhaps that is because there is not much for him to deny; Gruber's work in crafting the Massachusetts health care reform law, much like Obamacare, is well-documented.
Rothman also posts this quote from a 2011 piece written by Forbes's Avil Roy:
Gruber also had some unkind words for his former pupil, Mitt Romney. There's "zero difference" between Romneycare and Obamacare, he told Pillifant. "This is, to my mind, the most blatantly obvious case of politics trumping policy I’ve ever seen in my life. Because this is an idea, that four or five years ago, Republicans were touting. A guy from the Heritage Foundation spoke at the bill signing in Massachusetts about how good this bill was."

But, what about when Romney says his law is different from Obamacare? "The problem is there is no way to say that, because they're the same f***ing bill. He just can't have his cake and eat it too. Basically, you know, it's the same bill. He can try to draw distinctions and stuff, but he's just lying. The only big difference is he didn't have to pay for his. Because the federal government paid for it. Where at the federal level, we have to pay for it, so we have to raise taxes."
In 2012, Republicans forgave Romney for Romneycare (and lulled themselves into thinking that it was significantly different from Obamacare) because Mitt denounced Obamacare so relentlessly. But the association with Gruber -- now History's Greatest Monster, according to the right -- revives all the old anger about the Massachusetts law. And don't imagine that GOP voters will ever forget how much they hate Gruber -- these are people who are still angry at Jane Fonda.

If Romney were to try to run again, the clip above means he wouldn't get out of the early primaries. So g'bye, Mitt. Nice knowing you.


Ken_L said...

Time will tell, as they say, but if I had to bet I would predict it will be "Jonathan who?" in 12 months time for all but the political tragics.

mlbxxxxxx said...


Grubergate may have a short half life, but I think it's already long enough to kill Romney 2016 which, lets face it, was kind of a pathetic idea. Romney 2016, imo, was just another way of saying "we concede." How can you be worth $400M and look like such a loser?

Victor said...

But Mitt LOOKS like a President, damn it!

To bad he's got the personality of a men's store mannequin.

gocart mozart said...

The latest thing at Fox is too criticize Obama for focusing too much on Ebola which is totally not a threat to Americans. "Why does Obama care more about West Africans than he cares about the poor in America." Don't discount the Orwellian impulses in the Republican party.