After the Supreme Court’s decision yesterday I sent out one tweet. I wanted to say more – a lot more. But I had limited time before I was off to Indianapolis, and so I had time for one. I had even decided to wait until I was back and had more time to process everything. But before I walked out the door I watched Mitt Romney’s response to the ruling and that's all it took. Set aside all the legal wrangling. Set aside all the Roberts confusion. Set aside all the talking heads and their discussion of Obama’s vindication. Here was the bottom line: Mitt Romney just became far more attractive to freedom loving Americans.
A majority of people, as unbelievable as it is in this country, do not care about what happens in politics and government until it affects them personally. As such, elections are decided – primarily – by those who do care. And the energy that tossed Democrats out on their fanny in historic numbers in 2010 was just reignited by the Supreme Court a mere four months before the antagonist of freedom is up for re-election.
Romney could not have asked for a better script.
The Court, right or wrong, sent this message to the American people: if you don’t like the law, don’t look to us to get rid of it. We are going to try to fix it to make it constitutional. No, I don’t think that’s the role of the Court. But that’s a moot point now. The Court said to us, “If you don’t like it, then take care of it through the elected branches – the law-making branches.” Yes, I know the irony of that philosophy given that they wrote this law, while telling the nation they weren’t a law-making branch. I get all that. But it’s pointless and fruitless to argue with the Supreme Court’s decision now. It is what it is, and now it all comes down to November.
Romney’s statement was a forceful one and an unequivocal one: elect him and ObamaCare is dead. Day one. It’s that simple. Give him a Republican controlled House and Senate and common sense replacements of ObamaCare will be implemented to actually address the problems in healthcare rather than do what this current law is designed to do: consolidate more power and money in the hands of Washington, DC.
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With one ruling, tea partiers dragging their feet about Mitt Romney just became his biggest champions. The same folks who were criticizing Romney for birthing the demon-seed of ObamaCare with his own state-level plan now recognize him to be the last hope for slaying the beast. Limbaugh has called his listeners to Romney. Beck has done the same. Levin and Hannity...virtually all of them.
The enthusiasm gap that Democrats were hopeful would slow Romney just evaporated. The election is now about this freedom-destroying, job-killing, economy-stunting, 21-new-tax imposing law that has Obama’s face all over it. No single piece of legislation better reflects why job growth in the Obama “Recovery” has been non-existent. No other piece of legislation better reflects the foolish, archaic big-government tunnel vision of this administration. And it’s now front and center.
And this isn’t even to mention the fact that the whole thing has now been labeled by the Supreme Court’s ruling a tax. But not just any tax. The largest tax increase in the history of the world. Bigger than Nebuchadnezzar. Bigger than Caesar. Bigger than Seneca the Elder. Obama the Job Killer has trumped them all.
No, this ruling was not a blessing. It’s a sad commentary on how lost our leaders in black robes really are. But from Mitt Romney’s standpoint – he couldn’t have gotten a bigger boost.