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I’ll admit it. I like firing people too, especially if they suck at what they do. So Mitt Romney, your comments don’t bother me.

Indeed, I agree that Romney’s comments–about enjoying the act of firing people–were taken out of context. But it’s really quite a stroke of luck for the GOP front-runner that few people are trying to square those comments with the actual context.

Yes, it is pink.

As everyone knows by now, Romney was talking about health insurance when he made his now-famous remarks.

The problem with health insurers is not that their customers can’t fire them (i.e., find better coverage at better prices). It’s that the insurers can simply refuse to do business with you in the first place, for example, if you are sick and urgently need an insurance company’s services. Or if you have been sick in the past and might need the company’s services again.

As a result, I doubt that a sick person who has a problem with an insurance company can realistically fire that company and hire a new one in its place.

Romney probably knows this. As governor of Massachusetts, he signed health care legislation designed to spare people from this problem. As president, Barack Obama did the same. Insurers agreed to cover all comers in return for the requirement that all people buy coverage–not just buy it when they’re sick.

I guess at some point in this contest we’ll get to that debate. But I’m not going to hold my breath. It might make me sick–and then I’d be the one on the firing line.

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The conventional wisdom suggests John McCain is the winner of the continuing fight between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. But is all this downtime really such a good thing? Sure McCain’ll be able to raise tons of money, but if money voted, Mitt Romney would be the GOP nominee and Obama would have swept Clinton offstage a long time ago.

We hear a lot about Obama’s seeming inability to connect with the white working class. I wonder if McCain will have the same problem. I don’t think his primary victories really healed the rift over immigration and other issues between him and more conservative Republicans. Those disagreements have been lost in the media’s focus on the Obama-Clinton fight, but they’re likely to return, especially if a conservative third party mounts a challenge.

The numbers from yesterday’s primary bear out the potential for an independent candidate to make inroads among disaffected Republicans (and perhaps among Democrats disaffected by whomever they ultimately choose).

I suspected Ron Paul, though fighting a hopeless cause, would do pretty well in PA.  Alas, my prediction that he could win fell flat. But he did pull down nearly 16 percent of the vote statewide. Paul did even better in York and Adams counties, winning nearly 19 percent and 18 percent of the vote, respectively. With Mike Huckabee also in the mix, McCain didn’t reach 70 percent in either county. Huckabee — who isn’t even pretending to run — came in third, with 11.6 percent in York and 12.9 percent in Adams

McCain got about 73 percent in Franklin County, but Huckabee got nearly 16 percent. Paul came in third with 11.2 percent.

In short, more than one in four Republican voters in PA cast a ballot for someone other than McCain. Maybe they’ll close ranks in November and they were all just exercising their right to disagree. But if general-election unity is so in doubt for Democrats, why doesn’t the same question hang over Republicans? The answer may be different, but it’s still worth asking.

Only someone living inside the Beltway, on the island or Manhattan, or anyplace else where white-collar bosses rule would have given Mitt Romney half a chance. I think elite Republicans like the president-as-CEO model and even deluded themselves into thinking that was the appeal of George W. Bush (hint: it wasn’t). The true aw-shucks Bush character in this race is Mike Huckabee.

On the Dem side, a Clinton supporter on NPR criticized Obama for always coming at Hillary from the right. Hmm. Let me get this straight. The Clintons, who tacked right for eight years (welfare reform, anyone?), are upset because someone is out-triangulating them? Boo hoo.

The greater irony is that this particular supporter proclaimed Clinton the practical idealist in the campaign, implying that Obama was an impractical idealist. That would be wonderful if Clinton’s practicality hadn’t so often led her to the right. So, again, I am a bit confused on why anyone would consider Clinton somehow to the left of anyone. Her positions are too amorphous for that, except maybe on health care. But I would imagine compromise will be necessary for her to do anything on that. So, if you hope to see Clinton’s plan enacted as outlined on her campaign web site, don’t call yourself a practical idealist — and don’t wait to see a doctor about that little growth on your neck.

The criticism of Obama may be valid insofar as his plans seem to lack specifics. But he seemed well up on details in the California debate.

Obama and John McCain succeed because they talk in terms of a purpose for their campaigns larger than enacting a laundry list of proposals.

I can’t wait until the show comes to Pennsylvania.

In 1992, Tom Harkin led Democratic delegates at their convention in a chant of George Herbert “Hoover” Walker Bush. He meant to portray the first President Bush as uncaring and inert in the face of that era’s painful recession.

I think George W. Bush must remember the scene. How else do you explain the rush to send us all checks this spring (as well as the checks we got seven years ago)? The last thing Bush wants to be is insensitive.

Mitt Romney is probably playing the same game. Sure, you can accuse him of pandering when he tells Michigan voters he will help bring their jobs back. But pandering to voters isn’t exactly a damning charge for a politician. Not caring about working people is, especially for a rich businessman like Romney.

At any rate, I’ll bet Lowe’s and Home Depot are salivating over the proposed timing of those checks. Expect lots of ads pitching spring home projects. If you can’t sell it, at least you can spruce it up.