Not looking good for multiple choice Mitt:
Tomorrow Mitt Romney ventures straight into the lion’s den — Ann Arbor, Michigan, home of Jonathan Cohn, where he will deliver a health care speech attempting to explain the unexplainable. Just as Luke Skywalker was bound to seek out and confront Darth Vader, Romney must confront Cohn. If Romney winds up bloodied, one hand sliced off and clinging to a weathervane with the other, he’ll have done better than I expect.
Romney’s “Address To Jonathan Cohn And Fellow Ann Arborites”* will no doubt emphasize his federalist position. At the state level, the individual mandate is a humane, cost-effective tool for rationalizing the health care market. At the federal level, it is the greatest threat to freedom in American history. That is Romney’s stance.
Unfortunately, some evidence is emerging that this was not Romney’s stance before. Bluemassgroup has dug up this 1994 article in TNR, in which Romney told our John Judis that he would support a national health care plan that included an individual mandate.
What was mainstream conservative in 1994 is Kenyan socialism today. Mr. Overton, your window is broken.