On Morning Joe during the first two hours, Joe Scarborough attacked Mitt Romney and called him a liar. Scarborough was talking about the 2009 op-ed written by Romney in which Romney advised Obama to look at tax incentives when trying to get people to buy insurance. Romney had written an article prior to the USA Today op-ed which explained more clearly that he doesn't believe in a federal mandate to buy insurance that fines those who fail to abide by the mandate. Romney wrote in the article that states should be laboratories, and that in Massachusetts they decided to use tax incentives for those who could afford insurance but refused to buy it but instead used emergency services and charged their care to the taxpayers.
Scarborough criticized the other Republican candidates because they had not researched and found this 2009 op-ed. Well, if Scarborough is going to attack Romney and call him a liar, he should have researched and at least included the response from Romney supporters -- http://mittromneycentral.com/2012/03/04/a-response-to-the-current-buzz-over-romneys-2009-op-ed-on-health-care-a-liberal-buzzkill/.
Scarborough has some agenda to destroy Romney, and I don't know what it is, except maybe he thinks he should be in the race. Scarborough promotes Jeb Bush as the type of candidate the GOP needs, but it seems like Scarborough is using Bush as a stand in for himself. Both Bush and Scarborough know how to do it the right way -- they can get the independent votes, those Reagan Democrats. Bush and Scarborough can get the Latino vote. They can pander, by God.
Here lies the problem: for years Republicans have been frightened by the Democrats who framed Republicans as Latino haters -- black haters -- gay haters -- women haters -- environment haters -- equality haters, and so forth. So, Republicans like Scarborough have shifted to find the center, to surround themselves with like-minded political thinkers with mediocre ideas -- safety in numbers. The free thinking, principled poltician is rare. In DC, the game is statism, so both sides agree to meet somewhere in the middle, and what we get is situations like Romney finds himself in that are hard to explain -- because government intervention in healthcare forces emergency rooms to treat anyone coming in, and because Medicaid and Medicare screwed up supply and demand and market forces, Governors like Romney are forced to come up with more government solutions to fix the problems caused by prior government interventions -- it's a vicious cycle. Now, Romney has to explain. There are Republicans who have responded to Tea Party pressure to roll back statist advancements, but they find themselves stuck in a system that has become complex and convoluted from decades of interventions and regulations.
If Scarborough really was a limited government conservative, he would realize that Romney was caught in a bad situation in Masschusetts, and Scarborough would have read all of what Romney wrote, and Scarborough would have described the current situation as an awakening in which all Republicans have to understand that the pandering in the past hasn't worked -- it has gotten people elected, but it has driven the country to the brink of collapse facing 70-80 trillion dollars of unfunded liabilities.
Rather than try to destroy Romney, Scarborough should promote a rally around anti-statist ideas, so that the GOP can change and roll back all the damaging interventions from decades of government over-reach. And, Scarborough could also, at least, balance out the "lying" by exposing some of Obama's many bald-faced lies. I don't think Romney lied, it's just a difficult situation to explain -- but then statism creates difficulties.