A whole new day means a whole new explanation from Mitt Romney about health care. And if today's position totally contradicts yesterday's... what of it? All it takes is a shake of the Etch-A-Sketch - with a little flip flop thrown in for fun.
Let's review a week of constitutional contortions committed by the presumptive Republican nominee:
- Thursday, June 28: SCOTUS upholds the individual mandate to purchase health insurance as part of the federal government's power to levy taxes.
Standing in front of the Capitol building, a grim-faced Mitt Romney appeared to be the star of a hostage video as he denounced a plan based on his signature achievement as governor of Massachusetts: Romneycare.
"As Massachusetts governor, Romney signed into law a measure that required all state residents to have health coverage. That notion was the cornerstone of the law enacted by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats. The high court decided it was constitutional."
- June 28 - July 2 - Republican leaders take every opportunity to denounce ObamaCare as a huge "tax" on the American people and gleefully planned to make it a campaign issue in the fall.
- July 2 - Mitt Romney (the "leader" of the GOP until November 6th), cuts the legs out from under that plan when senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom told MSNBC that although SCOTUS called the penalty a "tax," it's actually a "penalty."
- July 2 - 3 - GOP outrage mounted, with Tea Party Nation founder, Judson Phillips openly wondering if it's possible to replace Romney as the nominee.
"What kind of idiots are running the Romney campaign? Instead of spiking the football and winning, the Romney campaign has just turned over the ball."
- July 4 - Instead of declaring independence from the Flat Earth Society wing of his party, Mitt Romney turned his Etch-A-Sketch Express around and now asserts that the "penalty" is really a "tax" and that's bad and sure he did it in Massachusetts, but he was a liberal then... no... he's always been "severely Conservative" and was just lying to the voters then but he's not lying now and just forget what he said last week... or yesterday.... or a minute ago.....
Don't like that explanation? Just wait. Tomorrow, Mitt Romney is sure to have another one.