Wednesday, June 15, 2011


i'm not understanding why many pundits seem to think that Pawlenty's decision not to more vigorously defend his coinage of "Obama-omney care" in Monday night's Republican debate. OK, so he didn't defend this particular portmanteau. But he stuck by the broader point that he was trying to convey, which was that Romney's MA health care plan is a lot like the Obama policy that many conservatives and libertarians dislike. This is the point that matters, not a slogan that is really awkward to say or spell. Besides, Pawlenty's approach had the effect of making him seem like a nice guy who doesn't want to insult his rivals on stage. That should be a feature, not a bug.

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