Posted Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at 10:43 AM
My new story starts with a post-SCOTUS strategy call held over the weekend by FreedomWorks and continues with stories of how the conservative movement is going to make it difficult for a President Romney to avoid an Obamacare repeal vote. It's a tale that seems to be retold every couple of weeks—see Jamelle Bouie. Basically, whatever Mitt Romney says and however he seems to dodge a question, the political factors that will govern his presidency are the makeup of the House, Senate, and states. For months, Tea Party groups have been focusing on Senate races, not on the presidential race. They want and need enough votes to force a vote on Obamacare repeal in reconcilation—meaning, they'd need only 50 votes and Vice President Luis Fortuno (I'm guessing!) to scrap the law. Whether Eric Fehrnstrom has difficulty talking about health care on TV is totally irrelevent to this.