Andrew Sullivan does a series of Von Hoffman Awards, for predictions that were catastrophically wide of the mark.
From the Globe’s archives, 4/26/2006: Mitt Romney defended the new MA health care law to skeptical conservatives:
“The key factor that some of my libertarian friends forget is that today, everybody who doesn’t have insurance is getting free coverage from government,” Romney said, citing the number of uninsured people who receive free treatment at hospital emergency rooms. “And the question is, do we want people to pay what they can afford, or do we want people to be able to ride free on everybody else? And when that’s recognized as the choice, most conservatives come my way.”
And it’s good to remember this photo:
Um, that’s one Ted Kennedy behind Our Guv. To the left and right next to him are Massachusetts liberal Democrats Senate President Robert Travaglini and Speaker of the House (now convicted prisoner) Sal DiMasi.
As Maria sings in The Sound of Music, “Somewhere in my youth, or childhood/I must have done something good.”