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It's hard to see why Republicans aren't embracing Romney. He's as big a hypocrite as any other Republican that's ever achieved higher office, so his party bonafides are hard to argue.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney doubled down on his pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act during last night's Republican presidential debate, pledging to eliminate the entire law through the reconciliation process, a special procedure that allows the Senate to bypass the filibuster and pass spending bills with 51, instead of 60 votes. After relying on the process to pass President Bush's tax cuts for the rich, Republicans attacked Democrats' efforts to pass a small bill of health care "fixes" in 2010 by claiming that it undermined the democratic system, but have now had another change of heart.[...]

Republicans described the process as a "convoluted legislative charade" and claimed that it is "an extraordinary and unprecedented abuse" that is "not good democracy."

In fact, even Romney directly criticized the process he's now endorsing. During a television swoop on the day of the Massachusetts special election — Jan. 19, 2010 — Romney accused Democrats of "playing fast and loose in Washington." "[T]here's kind of a neo-monarchy, if you will, where they don't have to listen to the American people, they know what's better for the American people than the people know themselves, and they're going to push through their health-care plan and their cap-and-trade plan and their spending plan," Romney said during an appearance on Fox & Friends.

Shouldn't that be "push through my health-care plan"?

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 07:49 AM PDT.

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