Romney’s Failed Federalism
Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post writes:
In 2008, Mitt Romney desperately tried to run from his record as a pro-choice governor. The story of his change of heart didn’t exactly hold together, social conservatives never trusted him and he acquired the “flip-flop” label. He lost Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina and was done for.
Contrast that to his position on RomneyCare. He refuses to step away from his embrace of the individual mandate and instead is trying to escape the wrath of voters by saying “each state should decide.”
Rubin then argues that Romney should have taken the opposite approach: repudiated Romneycare, but endorsed overturning Roe v. Wade while letting each state choose its own abortion policy.
I agree with Rubin. I think Romney is in a tough position for the 2012 nomination because neither conservatives or independents know whether they can trust him.
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