The conundrum – how to be intellectually consistent that the mandate was an unconstitutional penalty to force people into commerce, yet deal with the fact that The Chief and the four liberal Justices called it a constitutional tax.

I said the only solution to this pretzel logic was to say, the Supremes are the Supremes and the Supremes have spoken.  In other words, we don’t need no stinkin’ logic if they don’t use no stinkin’ logic.

After a kerfuffle of mixed messaging, Romney threaded the needle perfectly (video h/t Hot Air):

In an interview with Jan Crawford of CBS News, Mr. Romney said: “While I agreed with the dissent, that’s taken over by the fact that the majority of the court said it’s a tax, and therefore it is a tax. They have spoken.”

“They concluded it was a tax. That’s what it is, and the American people know that President Obama has broken the pledge he made,” he added. “He  said he wouldn’t raise taxes on middle-income Americans. Not only did he raise the $500 billion that was already in the bill, it’s now clear that his mandate as described by the Supreme Court is a tax.”