The American Spectator
January 30, 2012
Most media coverage of last Thursday’s GOP debate has focused on the war of words fought by the two front runners, but the crucial exchange of the evening didn’t occur between Gingrich and Romney. The most telling moment of the debate was the latter’s response to Rick Santorum’s eloquent explanation of Obamacare’s importance to the GOP’s strategy in the general election and why giving Romney the nomination would be tantamount to surrendering the high ground on health reform: “Folks, we can’t give this issue away in this election. It is about fundamental freedom.” The former Massachusetts governor responded with the usual rote talking points, which Santorum vehemently rejected. Romney then uttered the most revealing words of the debate: “First of all, it’s not worth getting angry about.”
Most Republican voters, and more than a few independents, would disagree. Romney apparently didn’t notice that the hundreds of thousands of people who showed up at the nation’s capitol to protest the impending passage of Obamacare were pretty angry. In fact, after the law was passed over their vehement objections, a significant portion of the voters were so outraged by the back-room skullduggery used to pass “reform” that many Democrats were actually afraid to hold town hall meetings and face their own constituents during the run-up to the 2010 midterms. Moreover, despite the many whoppers told by the President’s accomplices in the media about the “anti-incumbent mood” of the electorate, the drubbing the Democrats received in that election was obviously driven by voter indignation about being force-fed Obamacare.