I have suggested long ago and again that Mitt Romney’s best strategy on Romneycare simply would be to admit it was a mistake, even though honest and serious distinctions could be drawn between Obamacare and Romneycare. He has not done that, and the political wound still festers.
Tim Pawlenty understands the power of apology. At one time he supported cap-and-trade, but now readily admits that position was a mistake. Via Politico:
“The question is in my case, I’ve said, ‘Look, I’ve made a mistake.’ I think cap-and-trade would be a ham-fisted, unhelpful, damaging thing to the economy,” Pawlenty added. “It’s misguided. I made the mistake. I admit it. I’m not trying to be cute about it. I just come out and tell you it was a mistake.”