With the 5th anniversary of the Massachusetts health care law on Tuesday, Mitt Romney is receiving lavish praise, tongue firmly in cheek, from Democrats in the primary battle state of New Hampshire, who are unleashing a media blitz to commemorate the bill that Romney signed while governor in 2006.
Democrats, including Obama administration officials, have said the law became a model for President Obama's own national health care law that has caused conservative ire and become a political rallying cry for Republican base voters.
" Without Romney, it's hard to see how President Obama would have been able to provide quality, affordable health care for every American, " the New Hampshire Democratic Party said in a statement released Monday that also called for supporters to blast Romney's Twitter account and thank him "for providing the critical momentum necessary to get President Obama's vision of health reform through Congress and signed into law. "
Massachusetts Democrats are even having a "Thank you, Mitt" party on Tuesday with cake to mark the anniversary, an event that earned a guffaw from the Romney camp.
"Somehow I'm not surprised that Democrats are sitting around eating cake while 14 million unemployed Americans are struggling to put food on their table," Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom told Fox News.
Democrats in Iowa have also released statement tweaking the likely 2012 presidential contender for the Republican nomination, and their Chairwoman will also have a press conference in Des Moines to "Thank Mitt."Location? A children's store called " Simply For Giggles."
One reason New Hampshire Democrats may be taking the opportunity to strike Romney: a recent poll that showed Romney as the only Republican to compete against Obama in the New England state.
The Public Policy Polling survey that came out last week had Romney at only 1 point behind Obama in a hypothetical match up with 47 percent to 46 percent. Everyone else in the the GOP pack follows the president by a wider distance in New Hampshire. The poll has a margin of error of is plus or minus 3.5 percent with 769 voters surveyed.