Today on Morning Joe (Scarbourough, conservative former GOP congressman) Eric Fehrnstrom, chief of staff of the Romney campaign:
FEHRNSTROM: "The governor believes that what we put in place in Massachusetts was a penalty and he disagrees with the court's ruling that the mandate was a tax."
Eric is the guy who carries Mitt Romney's Etch-A-Sketch around the campaign trail, instantly ready to erase Mitt's past:
FEHRNSTROM: "Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch-A-Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all of over again."
The whole segment:
Host: What you just said is that Governor Romney agrees that it's not a tax. But you guys call it a penalty.
ERIC FEHRNSTROM (TOP ROMNEY AIDE): The governor disagreed with the court. He agreed with the dissent that was written by Justice Scalia which very clearly stated that the mandate was not a tax.
Host: So ... I think we're talking around each other. The governor does not believe the mandate is a tax, that's what you're saying?
FEHRNSTROM: The governor believes that what we put in place in Massachusetts was a penalty and he disagrees with the court's ruling that the mandate was a tax.
Host: But he agrees with the president that it is not, that you shouldn't call the tax penalty a tax, you should call it a penalty or a fee or a fine?
FEHRNSTROM: That's correct.
Conservatives beware, Mitt agrees with Obama on RomneyCare/ObamaCare/ Heritage plan, etc.. The EtchASketch is being used with increased frequency
Conservatives need a third party Tea Party candidate in Tampa. Or it's a another Obama/McCain blowout - Obama by at least 75 EV's.