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.