[Mitt Romney] has demonstrated, when he stepped into government in a very difficult state, that he could work in a difficult partisan environment, take some good conservative ideas, like private health insurance, and apply them to the need to have everyone insured. Those kind of ideas show an ability to bring people together that we haven’t seen in national politics for a while.

Jim DeMint, talking about Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts health care reform in 2007. Oh how things change.