Sitting under the lush palms and blue skies of the richest Americans' favorite resort — during off-season when the rich wouldn't be caught dead here, I hastily add — I naturally couldn't wait to watch Mitt Romney's PowerPoint presentation on health care.
But duty beckoned and, several pots of coffee later, I can only add my own voice to those who concluded: Poor Mitt Romney — though for different reasons.
Romney is in a bit of a pickle, or so it seems at a glance. He's running for president in part against Obamacare but has to acknowledge, as the president so often does, that Obamacare is modeled largely on the health-care plan that Romney created while governor of Massachusetts.
Thus, tieless and professorial, Romney took the stage Thursday before a smallish audience at the University of Michigan and executed a pre-emptive strike against those who can't stop talking about the similarities between President Obama's and Romney's respective plans, including the insurance mandate that conservative Americans find so repugnant.
And, if nobody gives him money, he'll finance his nibs himself!
Where does that leave us?
Pawlenty and Santorum. Maybe Mitch.