I predicted this last night. The relentless definition of Romney as a cold-hearted autocrat, which he neglected to blunt over the summer, ramped up again. Another doozy tonight. Mother Jones posted a clip of Romney laying it – and himself – out. Watch it for yourself.
In what may be a surprise to some – I’m not actually personally bothered by his assessment of “Obama voters”. I see them everyday in my neighborhood. And yes, when I’m budgeting to within a dollar for produce, I DO resent the food stamp families, (invariably with more kids than sense), obtaining truckloads of groceries on the government dime. (This doesn’t make me a racist, it makes me intelligent enough to form the opinion that having 6 kids is dandy – but only if you can afford it and other people don’t have to feed them.) I’m fine with us feeding those kids. I want us to. I also get to say “It’s corrosive and wrong to mass produce children you can’t afford.” I resent it. It’s possible to be compassionate and intelligent.
Politically this clip is harmful because plenty of working class whites get some form of assistance. Romney needs those voters, had plenty of them, and now may lose many. If Obama gets 41% of the white vote – game over.
I’ve come to question the 47% of people ‘don’t pay income tax’ meme. Perhaps someone here can get me up to speed on that. But what does strike me is Romney’s calculation that nearly half the voters are lost to him out of the gate. Can anyone think of an opposing party challenger who hung a campaign on a similar working assumption and won? Writing off states and certain groups is one thing. Writing off 48% of voters before your convention? Wow. I know it doesn’t make some readers here happy but who ever is running is Romney’s shop is politically addle brained. In this instance, Romney is too for not knowing if he’s speaking in public – it is being recorded.
What’s devastating to his campaign isn’t the blunt critique of those who get government assistance. Recovery is possible on that count. The body blow is that ‘Romney as a unifying leader’ in now a dead talking point. I can’t get half the voters anyway – so screw ‘em is all Axelrod needs. I’d not be surprised if he’s already tweeted just that.
Though Romney did this one to himself, for the life of me, I don’t see how his campaign didn’t see this type of thing coming. And there will be more. A lot more. Any time Romney gets any footing at all – there will be more. This was shot last summer, the release timed to make sure a growing story about our government’s malfeasance in the Middle East did not take hold. Now it won’t. I repeat: By not knee capping Obama in July and August Romney left the gate wide open for Obama’s attack squad to define and then crush him. If he says something about foreign policy they’ll use the media. If he has a few good days they’ll release another tape – which I’m sure are stacked up in Axelrod’s closet. If he does well in a debate, a report from a Caymans bank account will surface. The only way to combat this is to make Obama the issue. Harshly. It must be harsh otherwise the media will ignore it.
Are we to believe the entire GOP, plus the billionaire GOP superpacs have no good opposition research on Obama? For God’s sake, Alex Jones has piles of opposition research on Obama and a bit here and there is actually based in reality. Frank Luntz and his dial groups say Romney must tread lightly, though. And Lord knows those dials don’t lie! Cuz, gee, people trapped in airless rooms with a camera trained on them have no ego investment in appearing balanced and sane…no, none at all. Romney will tread lightly until his campaign is torn limb from limb and left on the dock to be pecked by seagulls.
Watching this unfold is truly baffling unless Romney intends to lose. The media gutted his trip abroad. It filleted him on Bain. It gutted his convention and his convention bounce. It made the Obama Mideast disaster last week into Romney’s problem. And yet “Just wait for the debates.” is being heard across the land. Why? Why should anyone wait? I know what will happen – No matter what is said by either man, Romney will be trashed for 48 hours afterward. How does his campaign not see this? Do they think he’ll stand there, look Presidential (He does with ease.) and the spin rooms will fill with revelatory adulation? They won’t. They’ll create gaffes out of thin air, insult Romney, and secretly and smugly enjoy their tingley legs.
Romney’s campaign should know this. They appear not to.
I promise you this site is not becoming a trash Romney blog. Trashing Obama is easier and more fun. I must also admit any chance I’d vote for Mitt Romney diminishes every time he opens his mouth. (I’m in California, so who cares?) It’s not that he’s a hard-hearted capitalist. A little dose of survival of the fittest might clarify things….such as why the eff isn’t Jon Corzine in prison? Occupy might put the joint down and become relevant under a GOP administration. Regardless, austerity is coming no matter who wins. At least Romney’s administration would be populated with people who will tell something resembling truth as we’re thrown in the alligator moat. We can’t afford you…good bye! Obama will do the same thing while looking in a mirror and insisting he’s saving us. This being the case, I prefer Romney over Nero. Give me a straight up asshole over an Alinsky asshole any day. But I write what I see. A chance to get rid of the biggest fraud in our history is slipping away.
All things being equal maybe the GOP should have given Newt a shot. At least he’d go down swinging, barking about the media and a nation on food stamps.