in 2012 Presidential Election, Media Bias, Obamacare
If you go to the Washington Post’s web site, you will currently see, among others, the following headlines:
“Romney finds no safe ground on health-care mandate question.”
“Bouie: Romney’s ‘tax’ cave portends weakness.”
“Mitt Romney’s problem on the health-care mandate question.”
“Romney’s taxing twist on health care.”
What is going on here is that liberal reporters and columnists are trying to convince us that the fact that the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare’s mandate only as a tax, and that Obama’s lawyers argued vociferously that the penalty is a tax, at the same time that Barack Obama denied it is a tax, is somehow Mitt Romney’s problem rather than Obama’s. This is a typical liberal tactic: if we say something over and over–in unison!–we can make people believe it.
But in this case, the liberals’ attempt is delusional. Obamacare is Obama’s unpopular program, not Romney’s. The mandate is Obama’s unpopular mandate; the tax is Obama’s unpopular tax; and, for what it is worth, it was Obama’s lawyers, not Romney’s, who argued strenuously that the payment is a tax, thereby contradicting their boss. People who hate Obamacare, a large percentage of the electorate, will be motivated to vote for Mitt Romney, not Barack Obama, no matter how the Washington Post tries to spin the issue.