I’ve already kicked Newt Gingrich in the knees and pushed Mitch Daniels into traffic (oops, sorry for the violent eliminationist rhetoric), so let’s now turn our attention to Mitt Romney. All you really need to know about Romney can be found in this USA Today interview with David Axelrod, a top Obama political adviser. Axelrod correctly (and presumably with malicious glee) notes that Obamacare was modeled after the statist government-run system that Romney imposed on Massachusetts. And if I was to pick the Republican most likely to impose a VAT on America, it would be a corporatist GOPer like Romney.
Axelrod, one of Obama’s most trusted aides and a key strategist of his 2008 campaign, described a 2012 campaign that in some ways will be fundamentally different from the one in 2008, when the freshman Illinois senator rode a wave of discontent against the outgoing Republican president. As the incumbent, Obama will run on his record, particularly his stewardship of a slowly recovering economy. …”This is the most unfathomable Republican field in my lifetime,” Axelrod said. “I don’t think anybody in the media or in either party can tell you with any degree of certainty who the Republican nominee will be.” He pointedly praised one of the leading contenders, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, in a way that spotlighted Romney’s vulnerability within the GOP for signing a state health care law that parallels the new federal law in some ways. Romney “did some interesting things there on health care, you know,” Axelrod said. “We got some good ideas from him.”