Friday, February 3, 2012

Mitt Muffs It

There's no better example of the reason why President Obama will beat Mitt Romney in November than Romney's disastrous gaffe about "not caring about the very poor."

I know, I know: it's taken out of context.   But that doesn't matter.

The comment shows that Romney is not rooted in the fundamental principles of the Republican Party.   Everyone who is knows exactly how to answer the question that Romney answered so ineptly.   It takes nothing more than saying what we know to be true:

The very poor are the people who need my party's policies the most.   They're the people whose lives our policies will improve more dramatically than any other group.   Because we give the very poor the best chance to not be poor anymore.   That's our goal.
Instead, we got "I don't care about the very poor."   We've seen before political tone-deafness like this, in President Bush the First -- the Bush of the tax cave-in and Justice Souter.

Here on Mustard Street we've noted more than once how your businessman/country-club Republican types often don't get politics and don't grasp political ideas.   Here it is all over again.

As for being taken out of context, are you kidding?   In the general election campaign Romney won't be able to say "Looks like rain today" without Obama's Palace Guard, the mainstream media, denouncing it as racist.   A campaign-worthy Republican candidate knows you don't say anything that requires the media to also report your next sentence in order to get your meaning clear.   They'll run with the fragment that puts a Republican in the worst light.

Rank-and-file Republicans are unenthusiastic about Romney because we understand that he doesn't get it.   Because he doesn't get it, he can't articulate it.

Republicans and conservatives win to the extent they clearly articulate their core values and ideas; Democrats and liberals win to the extent they succeed in concealing theirs.

There's more of this to come from Romney before Obama beats him.   Then God help us all.


Anonymous said...

Yes, because it's the left that's dishonest about their intentions. The problem with the right is they, as with this event, have become increasingly honest about what they'd like to see: a return to feudalism and indentured servitude.

No one who has been cogent for the last 30 years believes in trickled-on economics anymore except the right. We've seen clearly how well their wealth redistribution strategy has worked and need to stop it. Enough of the money of the poor being sucked up by the lazy rich who don't pay their fair share of taxes!

I'm personally sick of working my ass off so some rich prick can wallow in the lap of luxury sucking at the teat of the government for more and more handouts.

Anonymous said...

Albany leaders (no righties) gave over $650 Million in cash to Global Foundaries. A private corporation. One of the most abusive acts of handing out cash in the country. The stockholders are very thankful to have these tax dollars distributed to out of state shareholders. The left has another $200million going to GF in a second round. And that's the tip of the iceberg of where cash from albany is given.

Anonymous said...

In New York State, the top 1% of earners pay 43% of New York's tax revenue.

Anonymous said...

And your point is? How much did the right give to Wall Street via TARP and other bailout programs in the last few years? The oil industry? Starting wars with countries that never attacked us just to feed the defense industry?

Here's a hint: it begins with a "t" and ends in "rillions".

Anonymous said...

It was a gaffe, pure and simple. There will be more gaffs to come from any and all candidates.

Mitt gets it. But just like his father, he also is a moderate and having a hard time running an effective campaign. His father also made some well known gaffs.

An interesting and often repeated gaffe being made by several news commentators is: "But before the Romney campaign starts popping the champagne corks..."

repoman said...

I continue to wonder why Romney is the darling of the GOP establishment.

He is a run-of-the-mill moderate and his campaign has hardly been a well-oiled machine. He has all the money and all the endorsements, but he can't put Santorum and Gingrich away.

I think its because there is absolutely nothing inspiring about him. He may get the nomination, and, if he does, I'll likely vote for him. But it will be one of the least enthusiatic votes I'll ever cast.