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July 5th, 2012
08:29 PM ET

WSJ slams Romney for 'squandering an historic opportunity'

Is Mitt Romney letting Republicans down? A Wall Street Journal editorial slams the GOP presidential candidate earlier this week.  The conservative-backed newspaper says Romney's inability to attack Pres. Barack Obama on "penalty vs. tax" debate as it pertains to the health care law upheld by the Supreme Court.

"The campaign's insular staff and strategy [are] slowly squandering an historic opportunity, " said Wall Street Journal editorial.

CNN Contributors Reihan Salam and Roland Martin come OutFront.

Romney 'squandering an historic opportunity,' scathing editorial says

An editorial in the Wall Street Journal fiercely criticized Mitt Romney Thursday, days after media titan Rupert Murdoch, who owns the paper, suggested the candidate replace his staff.

The editorial took particular aim at Team Romney's handling of the Supreme Court decision that upheld the health care reform law as a tax, and was therefore ruled constitutional.

It starts off pointing to Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom for straying away from the party line earlier this week, when he called the health care fee a "penalty," rather than a tax.

"For conservative optimists who think Mr. Fehrnstrom misspoke or is merely dense, his tax absolution gift to Mr. Obama was confirmed by campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul, who tried the same lame jujitsu spin. In any event, Mr. Fehrnstrom is part of the Boston coterie who are closest to Mr. Romney, and he wouldn't say such a thing without the candidate's approval," stated the editorial board, which typically leans conservative.

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