Here’s a famous quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald:
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.
I don’t know exactly what this means, but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t apply to a lying flip–flopper like Mitt Romney, who won’t admit that Romneycare and Obamacare are, in the words of the man who helped create them both, “the same fucking bill.”
From an interview with CBS’s Jan Crawford yesterday:
Crawford: But does that mean that the — the mandate in the state of Massachusetts under your health care law also is a tax —
Romney: Actually —
Crawford: — and that you raised taxes as governor?
Romney: Actually, the — chief justice, in his opinion, made it very clear that, at the state level — states have the power to put in place mandates. They don’t need to require them to be called taxes in order for them to be constitutional. And — and as a result, Massachusetts’ mandate was a mandate, was a penalty, was described that way by the legislature and by me. And so it stays as it was.
Crawford: Whatever it’s called, I mean, let me just — whether it’s a penalty, whether it’s a tax — it means that Americans, if they don’t have insurance, are going to pay something, whatever they call it.
Romney: You know, I made it very clear throughout my campaign and actually, while I was governor of Massachusetts, that the issue of the uninsured should be dealt with at the state level. And each state can create their own solutions to meet the needs of their people.
Let me translate the Romneyspeak:
Obama’s penalty is a tax. (John Roberts said so.) My tax is a penalty. (I said so.) Oh, and my health care plan is awesome for Massachusetts, but it’s way too complicated for all the hicks in this country, so sometimes I have to attack my own greatest accomplishment. Weird, isn’t it?
I can’t wait for the debates.