Mitt: Dance to the Music!
On Monday, the Romney campaign announced that it agreed with the losing opinion on the Supreme Court that the individual mandate was not a tax but was a penalty. Yesterday, Mitt decided to join the rest of the GOP in celebrating a great gift from Justice Roberts - the word 'tax.'
And so now the Supreme Court has spoken, and while I agreed with the dissent, it’s taken over by the fact that the majority of the court said that it’s a tax and therefore it is a tax.
And the American people know that President Obama has broken the pledge he made. He said he wouldn’t raise taxes on middle-income Americans. Not only did he raise the $500 billion that was already in the bill, it’s now clear that his mandate as described by the Supreme Court is a tax.”
Here's Eric Fehrnstrom presenting the convoluted stance they thought would fly on Monday.
He agreed with the dissent written by Justice Scalia which very clearly stated that the mandate was not a tax.
The campaign seems so self-conscious about defending RomneyCare that they're overthinking things, and missing the moment of political joy that took over the GOP as soon as the Supremes sang out the word 'tax.' Intellectual consistency is of no import here - after all, this is presidential politics and you're running against Barack Obama! Come on!
Here's more of what Mitt said Wednesday.
Actually, the chief justice in his opinion made it very clear that at the state level, states have the power to put in place mandates. They don’t need to require them to be called taxes in order for them to be constitutional. And as a result, Massachusetts’ mandate was a mandate, was a penalty, was described that way by the Legislature and by me, and so it stays as it was.”
Ready, Mitt? Stop explaining and celebrate!