Anyone who wanted a look at the rapidly changing face of the health care debate had to go no farther than the packed chapel at Emory University on Tuesday night.
Its morphing countenance looks a lot like Mitt Romney, the once and future Republican presidential candidate, who that evening paid no attention to the maxim that one ought not to peak too early. Not a pew went unfilled.
Agendas crowded the chapel as well.
The official occasion was a book tour to peddle autographed volumes of “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness.”
More informally, this was a reunion and refueling of Romney’s ’08 campaign team in Georgia. Team leaders sat on the front row. No book critics were in sight.
But this was also an opportunity for Romney to repackage Republican talking points for the post-passage debate over the new health care law.
Ten days after the history-making vote, GOP leaders are re-calculating where their message of “repeal and replace” will sell — and where it won’t.