Mitt Romney in 2006, explaining that the health insurance mandate is not a tax:
Eric Fehrnstrom on Monday, confirming that the Romney campaign believes that the mandate is not a tax:
On Tuesday, conservative bloggers responded with this:
Conservatives to Mitt: Quit Now If You Won’t Fight Obamatax! Go Hard or Go Home!
Charles Krauthammer offered his advice to the Romney campaign:
I think this attempt…to be consistent and logical on the issue is a mistake. Even Chief Justice Roberts in his opinion is totally twisted in trying to decide if it’s a tax or a penalty. … Don’t worry about getting into a twist over this and forget about consistency. Use whatever end of the argument you need at the time.
The inevitable flip-flop:
WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney yesterday emerged from a family vacation with a revamped attack on President Obama’s health-care mandate.
“It’s a tax,” declared Romney.
All of this led to what is probably my favorite Tweet of the last couple months:
And now for the promised (short) comment: I simply cannot imagine this spineless pathological liar as our president.