Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has been receiving barbs from the right over his refusal to criticize the health care law he signed into law as governor.
But one prominent conservative is not so worried.
"It just depends on how he plays it. For me, I think he started with some good ideas that were essentially hijacked by the Democrat Legislature," Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) told The Hill.
DeMint, a Romney backer in 2008, isn't following the lead of many conservative critics, who have argued that health care could all-but-doom his chances of winning a presidential primary. And it's a sign that Romney's strongest defenders could come from Capitol Hill. After all, conservative Hill surrogates would have some standing to say Romney's health care plan differs from Obama's in many ways.
It also suggests that DeMint isn't seriously considering a presidential campaign of his own, given that health care would be a ready-made line of attack he could use against Romney, the early Republican frontrunner.