Poor Mitt Romney.
He’s running for the presidency in the age of the World Wide Web, YouTube and the smartphone — where evidence of past statements and deeds pops up constantly to haunt a man trying desperately to reinvent himself.
Besides, he lacks the pure chutzpah of a conscience-free Newt Gingrich, who can brush off yesterday’s principles like dandruff off his shoulder pads. Romney always seems inauthentic, whereas Newt just seems, well, like himself.
So, as Romney prepares a major speech to
reverse update his stance on health care reform, here’s video of the old Mitt, who loved the individual mandate way back in 2007 (h/t DailyKos TV):
ROMNEY: I happen to like what we did. I think it’s a good model for other states. Maybe not every state, but most. And so what I’d do at the federal level is give to every state the same kind of flexibility we got from the federal government, as well as some carrots and sticks to actually get all their citizens insured. And I think a lot of states will choose what we did. I wouldn’t tell them they have to do our plan. Governor Schwarzenegger, for instance, in California, has his own healthcare plan. He’s going about it in a different way. I like mine better than his; he likes his better than mine.
RUSSERT: So if a state chose a mandate, it wouldn’t bother you?
ROMNEY: I, I, I think it’s a terrific idea. I think, I think you’re going to find, when it’s all said and done, after all these states that are laboratories of democracy get their chance to try their own plans, that those who follow the path that we pursued will find it’s the best path, and we’ll end up with a nation that’s taken a mandate approach.