What Romney Said This Afternoon

From the Associated Press, a four-minute sampler of Romney’s remarks.  I’m not going to say a word–at least not yet.  But if you have a moment, would you take a look and let us all know what you think?

(Note that the video opens with a 15-second advertisement.  Sorry about that.  I haven’t been able to figure out any way around it.)

  1. Ken Sweeney

    The earnestness of his insincerity is a wonder to behold.  I marvel at the salesman, so confident in his skills, to sell ice to Eskimos.  

    Who are his political advisors that try to play everything both ways?  Does he not recognize that we are on the precipice of falling into European-style stagnation, and its no time for doublespeak?

    What might be even worse is that he believes that Romneycare works.  Longer wait lines to see a physician, doctor shortages, government price controls, hello?

    Mitt is done.  Stick a fork in him.

  2. Del Mar Dave

     I could only take 54 seconds.  Fuggedaboudhim.

  3. flownover

    Well, 1.5 minutes in , and not being interested enough to turn off the music ( Getting Better  !) I admit it’s getting worse all the time.

    He is kerrying the phrase as “I was stupid before I was smart”. Great , he was making beaucoup dough stupid, might be worth a try.

    After all, we have to disabuse ourselves of the idea that everybody ought to have health insurance. 

    They ought to have iPhones ! 

    4g and green iPads with 3g (whats with that ?)

  4. Jimmy Carter

    With a conviction that government should not be in the healthcare business, I made it to about two minutes in. I tried, truly. 

  5. Kennedy Smith

     I’m confused.  Does the plan he’s describing later bear any resemblance to Romneycare?  It appears not.  So why does he not admit Romneycare was a mistake?

    If I may just ask a Reagan question, Peter… It is generally conceded that the 1986 amnesty sans border enforcement thing was a policy error.  And even our heroes make mistakes.  Would he have said “at the time, I thought it was the best course; looking back, it didn’t work,” or would he have stuck to his guns and damn the torpedoes?

  6. Joseph Stanko
    Ken Sweeney: The earnestness of his insincerity is a wonder to behold.  I marvel at the salesman, so confident in his skills, to sell ice to Eskimos.  

    Who are his political advisors that try to play everything both ways?  Does he not recognize that we are on the precipice of falling into European-style stagnation, and its no time for doublespeak?

    What might be even worse is that he believes that Romneycare works.  Longer wait lines to see a physician, doctor shortages, government price controls, hello?

    Mitt is done.  Stick a fork in him. · May 12 at 5:06pm

    I’m not sure he’s being insincere at all.  I think the WSJ opinion piece had him peggged: he’s a technocrat.  He thinks he designed a good system in Romneycare and after he left office his successors messed it up.  He thinks Obama designed a bad system and he should be given a chance to design a better one.

    The problem is that he sees nothing wrong with the very idea that a President should take on the task of designing a national health care system in the first place.

  7. mesquito

     I dunno.  Is he currently for or against abortions?

  8. Kenneth

    Is the paint dry yet?

  9. Midget Faded Rattlesnake

    I kept wondering how he can comb his hair so neat when he apparently never bothers to look at himself in the mirror.

  10. WI Con

     I was willing to give this squish the benefit of the doubt last time round but he’s actually lost ground with me since. I didn’t think he’d double-down on this but he has. If it does come down to him and Obama, I’ll have a hard time getting out of bed election day.

  11. Edward Dentzel

    Hey Mitt, better to keep your mouth shut and people think you’re stupid, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

  12. danys

    Hmm; not impressed & I voted for him in the primary last time. Btw, are candidates more sincere if they don’t wear ties?

  13. Bjarni Olafsson

    “I in fact did what I believed was right for the people in my state” – I may be quibbling here, but shouldn’t he have used the present tense in that sentence if he thinks he has nothing to apologize for?

    Every time he used the words “my plan” I got a shiver down my spine (not up my leg…this was the bad kind of shiver). Socialists plan societies, conservatives and libertarians believe in the emergent order of the market.

    Lastly, Romney doesn’t look presidential at all. From what I have heard about him I kind of expected a more suave and sophisticated dude. Instead he looked insecure. 

  14. Midget Faded Rattlesnake
    mesquito:  I dunno.  Is he currently for or against abortions? · May 12 at 5:25pm

    ¡Chistoso, señor!

  15. Brian

    He really would make a great Democrat.  You can see his tendency always to plan a better plan.  That, with the right plan, the right and ever-more-complicated plan, the government can solve anything…..but then sell it to conservatives by saying it’s better to push requirements to the states and BAM your a Republican.

  16. The Mugwump

    Rather than explain himself, Mitt should state explicitly “the federal government has no constitutional authority to provide healthcare for Americans.”  He might then plausibly make the case for repeal based on states’ rights.  Probably machts nichts in the long run because he’s still stuck with the tar baby he created in Massachusetts.  Mr. Romney, do your party a favor  . . .   

  17. flownover
    Brian Sharkey: He really would make a great Democrat.  You can see his tendency always to plan a better plan.  That, with the right plan, the right and ever-more-complicated plan, the government can solve anything…..but then sell it to conservatives by saying it’s better to push requirements to the states and BAM your a Republican. · May 12 at 5:41pm

    Sorry but Democrats could never be this good. And look ! there’s the tallest midget in town !

  18. Layla

    Oy. That was so much more disheartening than I could’ve imagined it would be. He has a Plan. Despite the fact that, by his own admission, the Plan is now maligned from one coast to the other and considered by many to be a complete failure, he has the same Plan he had before. Because he’s smart, you see, and so the Plan *will* work. Just sit back and take your medicine, people, and let the smart man do his thang.

    Did anyone else listen to this and think, “Woodrow Wilson”? Lord, please deliver us from the technocrats.

  19. Gus Marvinson

    CEOs like to poke, prod, tweak, and fiddle with things. It’s what they’re paid to do. That’s great for a corporation that needs to be turned around. A country? Not so much.

  20. Joseph Eagar

    Well, he wasn’t proposing the same plan.  Actually, I found Mitt quite charming.  He won’t lead us down Euro-style stagnation (I doubt he’d even intervene as far as Switzerland or The Netherland’s style of “managed competition” market healthcare).  

    His argument that it was unfair to subsidize emergency rooms for the uninsured (due to federal rules) or allow the uninsured to die on the street was pretty good I think.

    Do not compare the Dutch or Swiss private market healthcare systems with the Swedes or the UK.  Mitt would be unlikely to go nearly as far as even what the Swiss and Dutch did (e.g. banning for-profit insurance companies, something I actually favor).

    He is a technocrat, yes, but he’s a technocrat who acknowledges the primacy of state governments.  That matters.