if Obamacare died in its entirety. It wasn’t what I thought initially, but it would be best for Romney. In some ways, it would be nice if the SCOTUS upheld it and it became the stinky diaper hung around the democrats’ necks with the voters anxious to kick Obama out so as to avoid Obamacare. But while that option is indeed attractive (and don’t kid yourself, it might happen), I think it would be best for Romney if it were struck down. Why?
1) If the law were struck down Romney would be vindicated. He has argued that a mandate is indeed within the state’s power, but not within federal power. This would be an obvious vindication of that assertion.
2) It would take the bogeyman of a “national Romneycare” off the table. There wouldn’t even be a pretense of that, and it would gut the criticisms of Santorum on that meme. It would also be a whipping post come November (see #3).
3) Romney could still campaign on just how bad Obamacare was and that Obama had such abysmally bad judgment on this issue that he simply doesn’t deserve to hear anything except, “You’re fired!” If his judgment was that bad with Obamacare, in what other areas has his judgment been horrible? What about whispering treasonous things to Medvedev? No, THAT would never happen…
In short, it would mean that Obamacare would be no longer a risk but it would still be a major line of attack for the republican candidate. Romney could even talk about how stupid Nancy Pelosi was in saying, “Are you kidding me?” to a reporter who questioned the constitutionality of the mandate. He could (accurately) talk about how ALL the democrats were on board for such an unconstitutional power grab. NONE of the republicans voted for it.
Yes, I think it would be best for Obamacare to die completely.