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NYT Columnist Urges Mitt Romney to Ditch 'Desperate' GOP

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By    |   Wednesday, 28 Oct 2015 01:14 PM

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman suggests Mitt Romney has "picked the wrong group of people to hang out with" in clinging to a "desperate" Republican Party.

In a column published earlier this week, Krugman lamented "sometimes I find myself feeling sorry for Mitt Romney" because the former Massachusetts governor can't crow about the success of his revolutionary state health plan, nicknamed Romneycare.

That's because it echoes the success of Obamacare, the bane of most Republican lawmakers.

"In another time and place, he might have been respected as an effective technocrat … But now it's 2015 in America, and Mr. Romney's party doesn't want people who get things done," Krugman wrote.

"On the contrary, it actively hates government programs that improve American lives, especially if they help Those People. And this means that Mr. Romney can't celebrate his signature achievement in public life, the Massachusetts health reform that served as a template for Obamacare."

Last week, Romney spoke about his health plan in a Boston Globe obituary of Thomas Stemberg, who co-founded Staples Inc., the office-supply store, with the help of financial backing of Romney's Bain Capital.

"Without Tom pushing it, I don't think we would have had Romneycare. Without Romneycare, I don't think we would have Obamacare. So without Tom, a lot of people wouldn't have health insurance," Romney said.

Krugman believes Romney later backtracked on Facebook, saying he continued to oppose Obamacare, President Barack Obama's signature health plan, because "such truths aren't welcome in the GOP."

"Ben Carson, who is leading the latest polls of Iowa Republicans, has declared that Obamacare is the worst thing to happen to America since slavery; 81 percent of likely Republican caucus-goers say that this statement makes him more attractive as a candidate," Krugman said.

"Not surprisingly, then, Mr. Romney quickly tried to walk his comments back, claiming that Obamacare is very different from Romneycare, which it isn't, and that it has failed. But you know, it hasn't. On the contrary, the Affordable Care Act has been a remarkable success, especially considering the scorched-earth opposition it has faced."

Krugman said Romney may have thoughts of the GOP becoming so desperate with the specter of having to nominate Donald Trump, it will call on him to run in the eleventh hour.

"Or maybe he just can't bring himself to admit that he picked the wrong group of people to hang out with. Either way, one hopes for his sake that he eventually gives up his illusions. Trust me, Mitt: it will be a liberating experience," Krugman wrote.

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