Today, beloved American hero Mitt Romney took to the internets to announce those four little words that will make him even more beloved by the American people: I told you so.
“Had President Obama actually learned the lessons of Massachusetts health care, millions of Americans would not lose the insurance they were promised they could keep, millions more would not see their premiums skyrocket, and the installation of the program would not have been a frustrating embarrassment,” Romney wrote.
Romney said he maintains his view that his state’s plan should not be used as a model for a national effort, and that states should take the lead on health care reform.
I just don't get this. I don't understand what Republicans are trying to accomplish right now with their weird ads and a roundly disliked man crowing about how he was right all along and their very public outrage about a website that doesn't work. What do they hope to achieve with this? Are they expecting to carry voter dissatisfaction with Obamacare all the way through midterm elections next year? That's virtually impossible. I don't think voters will care about anything that happened this year—including the shutdown—by the time November 2014 rolls around. Americans have very short memories.
So all this random repurposing of old points from failed presidential campaigns and all this outrage-queening over a site that doesn't work seems unfocused and pointless to me. Maybe if Republicans presented an alternative to Obamacare beyond the status quo, all this whinnying and braying would serve some sort of a purpose. But they have nothing. They represent the status quo. And when you represent the status quo, all you can do is complain about change. That's not leadership. It's just making noise.