Well, suffice it to say that it has been a hellish week for the Romney campaign. Fresh off a very incongruous and highly inaccurate, not to mention ineffectual, attempt to convert a tragedy into cheap political points with his ‘Libya-as-Lehman-moment’ gaffe, Romney is bedeviled by his own mouth again.
And this time, there is no real way to spin it to the heat of the moment, or constantly shifting information, as could in a very generous construing of events, be applied to the Libya statement.
No, this time Mr. Romney was caught somehow behind closed doors, in a political strategy fundraising Q&A session, literally writing off 47% of Americans as ‘hopelessly addicted to the governmental system and not contributing much of anything anyways.’ Since there is no walking back the video which was released by Mother Jones today, the campaigns inner circle has apparently decided to circle the wagons around the supposed 53% of Americans who do mean something, and is defending his remarks; to the point of doubling down on them.
In remarks from Romney in response to the tape, his campaign is all about a “focus on the people in the middle.” Apparently former president Clinton was on to something when he accused Republicans of being unable to do arithmetic. When you exclude 47%, you are not focusing on the middle, you are focusing on the other half. In his mind perhaps the better half.
Or is it perhaps that what Romney is really saying is that since wealth in this nation continues to flow up hill, as we have demonstrated on this site already, that Romney is not focusing on the commonly referred to ‘Middle America’ but rather those that are not fortunate enough to be in his 1% elite class, but do retain the middle bulk of the wealth in the nation?
The fall out from this incident will not end before election day, we can be sure. This author regrets that all semblance of intelligent discussion and debate just got thrown out the window, baby with the bath water. But the fact is that it has, and that the remainder of this election is now going to be about what in the hell happened to the Republican Party?
This is NOT your grandfathers Republican Party. They certainly could do math, and their dogged focus on economic accountability applied not just to Washington, but to the nation at large. Today, we learned that the leader of this party is apparently content to say that 47% of Americans are not capable of fiscal responsibility, and not worth trying to ‘save.’ We can debate the economic sensibility of old school conservative core values, while still respecting them. But this… I find little to respect in this.
After the last failed Republican candidacy for President, the word was that the party faithful turned on each other in what was described as a knife fight. If we are heading for a repeat of that, do you think anyone is going to bother bringing a knife to the resulting gun fight?