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Obamacare versus Romneycare. Governor Romney has said that he will repeal Obamacare if elected (a not-so-easy promise to keep, mind you). In the video below, he fumbled through the attack from Rick Santorum and his answers sounded evasive. He was visibly frustrated.

This comes against Santorum who is known for passion but not necessarily for strength at debating. When the same question comes up from Obama and his team, Romney will be dead in the water. Obama will have Romney either back-peddling on his claim of repeal, back-peddling on his own track record in Massachusetts, or avoiding the issue altogether.

"What Governor Romney just said is that government-run, top-down medicine is working pretty well in Massachusetts and he supports it," Santorum said while Romney first displayed signs of dismay.

"Now think about what that means going up against Barack Obama who you're going to claim, 'Well, top-down government on the federal level doesn't work and we should appeal it," and he's going to say, "Wait a minute, Governor. You just said that top-down, government-run medicine in Massachusetts works well.'"

Bingo. The only difference is that Obama will have the questions and statements about Romneycare embedded on his well-trained, properly-coached debate tongue rather than Santorum's passionate (albeit somewhat incoherent) rant.

In short, Obama and the media will pull this card out over and over again if Florida nominates Romney. The Democrats are well-aware that a victory in Florida all but locks up the nomination. There will be more debates, more fighting, more negative ads, but it will be the launching point for the Obama team to start safely focusing their efforts on Romney. Gingrich will suddenly be on their side, not by choice but because he, Santorum, and Ron Paul will continue to attack Romney in hopes of a miracle while Obama's team will strategically help their cause knowing that Romney is the target.

Santorum finished with a point that punctuates the last hope Republicans have of pulling votes from moderate middle-class people who wants jobs, change, and security. "Folks, we can't give this issue away in this election. It is about fundamental freedom, whether the United States government or even a state government."

Romney's rebuttal was clever, but defensive. It wouldn't work on Obama. Santorum continued to press but again did so in a sloppy, almost amateur way.

"In Massachusetts everybody is mandated as a condition of breathing to buy health insurance and if you don't, you have to pay a fine."

It was the following response by Romney that iced it for Obama. It should have iced it for Florida voters and it should have had conservatives steaming.

"First of all, it's not worth getting angry about," he said.

False. Incorrect. For conservatives and many moderates on both sides of the fence, Obamacare/Romneycare are absolutely worth getting angry about. It is the cornerstone that the Republican Establishment has been building upon for 4 years while plotting to make Obama a 1-term President. That they would now make the mistake of being "pragmatic" is a testament to how poor the field really is. If any of the candidates were strong and came with little baggage or controversy, the Republican Establishment would be jumping on board in a heartbeat. Instead, they are reluctantly backing another Dole/McCain moderate.

Floridians will be voting for Obama if they vote for Romney. When this issue is raised during debates with Obama, Romney will look like a fool. It's very possible that Obama will lock up a second-term this early based upon the actions of Florida. If Romney wins, the White House is Obama's.

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  •  Unless the economy is booming in the fall, jobs (2+ / 0-)
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    Sue B, Sylv

    will be the issue.

    If the economy is booming, this might have some effect. Either way, the issue is sure to come up.

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    by Kimball Cross on Sun Jan 29, 2012 at 12:24:57 AM PST

    •  And if the jobs are an issue (1+ / 0-)
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      Then Romney will still lose because Obama's record is of JOB CREATION as opposed to Romney's of JOB LOSS. Obama is fighting for the 99%, while Romney is fighting for the 1%.

      No matter how much you spin this, Romney is going to lose if he wins the GOP nomination. And the GOP establishment is beginning to realize that - which is why Grover Norquist recently sent out a message saying that by 2014, they should have enough votes in the senate to impeach Obama for letting the Bush tax cuts expire.

    •  Economy doesn't have to be booming (0+ / 0-)

      Just needs to be on the right track.  Dow at 14,000, unemployment below 8 percent and Romney has no chance.  Right now his only strategy is to lie to everyone that the economy is deteriorating rapidly.  It's not true and it's becoming more and more unbelievable every month.  

      Mitt's only argument would be that the economy would have recovered faster under republican leadership.  That's simply too ambiguous of a claim, it doesn't fit on a bumper sticker or a sound bite.  

  •  The fact still remains however, (7+ / 0-)
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    that most people don't know what the ACA DOES.  They still don't understand what a mandate is, and all of the negative attack ads and false information have distorted everything with the low information crowd that I'm not sure that people will even understand a debate on health care.

  •  Tipped, Rec'd. This is the sole reason why many (5+ / 0-)

    on the right are apprehensive to rally behind Romney. He is too similar to Obama on the issue that they care about most.

    Obama will smoke Romney. Obama just needs to focus on getting the info out about how the ACA effects the avg. American and he is golden.

    Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing. Thomas Jefferson

    by YoungArizonaLiberal on Sun Jan 29, 2012 at 12:41:43 AM PST

  •  This isn't a "horse race" by a nose" election. (6+ / 0-)

    Unless the voters voting against Obama are the only ones who go to the polls.
    You'd have to be nuts to vote for anyone else and not voting is doing precisely that
    Letting the Teabaggers anywhere near the government is national suicide.

    Occupy- Your Mind. - No better friend, no worse enemy. -8.75, -6.21

    by Thousandwatts on Sun Jan 29, 2012 at 01:47:13 AM PST

  •  Precisely..... (4+ / 0-)

    The Tea Baggers have had & lost their chance in the House of Representatives this past year.  They pretty much ran the show......& backed Boehner into a corner.  And he let them do it out of fear of angering his base.

    They were responsible for our downgrade by S&P during the tax cut squabble before the recess.  The bad taste still lingers in Boehner's mouth.  

  •  You've got it all wrong (0+ / 0-)

    You're assumoptions are based upon republicans being rational thinking creatures: they bear no such resemblance. Al Gore killed George W. Bush in the debates, but Republicans never even noticed. They exist in a parrallel universe.

    Don't believe me? Sit back and enjoy the coming show.

    •  Al Gore did not (2+ / 0-)
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      generate the domestic excitement that Barack Obama currently generates. Just ask Al Green whose hit single "let's Stay Together" sales skyrocketed 490% just because Obama jokingly sang two measley lines at a speech. And Obama is not even fully in campaign mode yet!

       Look at the kinds of lines Obama gets for his speeches. Did Al Gore get comparable attention from youth and minority voters? I don't think so. I notice that many "progressive" bloggers are NOT necessarily Obama's base and they give a false impression of the real passion that exists among his true base.

    •  Gore didn't really lose. If it's close, the SCOTUS (1+ / 0-)
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      that brought us Citizen United will take care of things.
      That's why voting for Obama is what we have to do.

      Occupy- Your Mind. - No better friend, no worse enemy. -8.75, -6.21

      by Thousandwatts on Sun Jan 29, 2012 at 11:37:29 AM PST

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      •  Yes, voting for Obama is what we have to do (1+ / 0-)
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        And we must vote in large numbers. Because, if the election is close, the Republicans hold the keys to the elction machines and will gladly steal the election. And the next President will be appointing supreme court justices and will affect the path of the law for possibly a century. We MUST tell all of our friends just exactly what is at stake.

  •  This diary was posted on Reddit. nt (1+ / 0-)
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    So say we all! Battlestar Galactica (re-imagined version)

    by nerve on Sun Jan 29, 2012 at 06:15:08 AM PST

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