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Here is What Romney Thinks

Updated on September 19, 2012

Mitt Romney has had a bad couple of weeks. First, after the embassies in Egypt and Libya were attacked by insane mobs of likely extremists, and four people, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed, Romney accused Obama of siding with the attackers. He cited a statement made by the United States embassy in Egypt, that seemed to be backing up Romney's point. The only problem was that the statement in question had, in fact, been released hours before the attacks on the two embassies, which made Romney look as if he were trying to politicize a national tragedy.

Two days before, the Romney Campaign's pollster, Neil Newhouse, issued a memo that attempted to dismiss the idea that President Obama was somehow consolidating his convention bounce in the polls. Or, rather, I should should say, Newhouse attempted, but did not quite accomplish his feat of dismissal. The memo came across as nervous, defensive and tense. It is not a good idea for a campaign to convey nervousness and tension to the voters 50 days before election day.

A new week, a new hope for Romney's campaign, and yet another opportunity wasted. All one need do this time is listen to a video, captured in May, of Romney speaking at a private fundraising. This is what he had to say of a certain percentage of the populace; "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it." He also said this, "47 percent of the American People pay no income tax."


Who are these 47 percent, you ask? Well, before some conservatives go haywire, I should hasten to add that most of the above mentioned 47 percent do pay payroll taxes for Social Security and Medicare. Those who pay none of these taxes are the extreme, dirt poor, who make up just 18 percent of the taxpaying population. Also among those Romney blasted in his private fundraising were the elderly, and people with wages of less than $20,000 a year. And, also among the 47 percent, are the people who are currently serving in the United States military and... wait for it... people who make more than $200,000 a year. In other words, people like Mitt Romney.

The next day, after the liberal magazine Mother Jones had dealt Romney this unexpected wallop, the Republican candidate stepped out side to put a lid on the situation. He told a reporter that his message was "Not eloquently stated." And therein lies Mitt's problem. Romney has a history of not stating things eloquently. Here is a list of just some of them;

"People are Corporations, my friend."

"I like being able to fire people."

"I'm not concerned about the very poor."

"I am also unemployed."

"Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs"

"Ten thousand bucks? $10,000 bet?"

"I'm not familiar precisely with what I said, but I'll stand by what I said, whatever it was."

This newest enlightenment comes at a very bad time for Romney. Amid rumors of infighting within his campaign, a number of very depressing polls, (depressing for the Republicans, that is) increasing media attention to the apparent directionless course of his campaign, and increasing apprehension on the Right, this video shows Romney in a most unflattering light, at just the moment in the race when he least wants it.

In the past few days, Romney has shown just how terrible a candidate he is. When Romney digs himself into a hole, his strategy of escape is to keep digging. I may have said this before, but the analogy could not be more appropriate here. Why else would Romney double down on the 47 percent comment? It is because of this; Romney has spent so much time flip flopping, on every conceivable issue, that he now has no more room to flip flop. He must show voters that he means what he says, even if what he said offended half of the country.


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    • Nathan Orf profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathan Orf 

      6 years ago

      William Young,

      A week ago, it was not yet self evident that this was a terrorist attack; investigations had not yet begun, and the administration was trying to play it safe. There is a time and a place to overreact to international affairs, but this was not one of them; They wanted to sooth the situation, not inflame it. Now, most investigations concerning the attacks have been completed. They now seem confident that these were terrorist attacks.

      It is also self evident that that video offended a lot of Muslims. That is why it plays directly into Al-Qaeda's hands; they could use the resulting protests over the video as a cover to carry out attacks that they were planning anyway.

      But you are wrong about this; I do not think that the past week is an example of outstanding leadership. It does not look like leadership at all to me. It looks like Obama trying to handle a situation that really is beyond his, or anyone else's control. Therefor, blaming the President for the savage activities of loonies beyond our shores is unfair.

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      William Young 

      6 years ago from Eaglle Grove, Iowa


      Last week Jay Carney conducted his daily White House press briefing like he does almost everyday. Now, you have to understand, the White House Press Secretary doesn't just go out there and wing it and give his own opinion of things. Everything he says has been approved by the President. Last week Jay Carney said that the attack on the embassy was not caused by a hatred for America or American citizens. He said, in no uncertain terms, that it was NOT a terrorist attack, it was the result of an unorganized bunch of protesters who were offended by a video that someone put on Youtube. Yesterday Jay Carney came out again for his briefing and did a 180. He said that it is "self evident" that this was a terrorist attack. Well, apparently a week ago it wasn't "self evident" to them. When the Obama Administration's own counter terrorism people started rightfully saying that it was a terror attack, then Obama had to change his tune. Al-Qaeda doesn't need a Youtube video to rouse them up and want to kill us. They'll kill us just because it's Tuesday. I have said many times that Obama's decision to take out Bin Laden was heroic and he did and excellent job with that. I don't even care if he did it for purely political reasons (which I don't think is the case) it was the right thing to do and he will be remembered well for that moment in history.---But if you think that this past week and Obama's response to the attacks in Benghazi and Cairo are an example of absolutely outstanding leadership (i.e. campaigning in Las Vegas while this crisis was happening, not meeting with his CIA director to get daily intel briefings) then I would have to disagree with you. That is terrible, disgustingly bad leadership.

    • Nathan Orf profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathan Orf 

      6 years ago

      William Young,

      Here are some facts about the Middle East;

      1. It is a backward, violent, place, where most countries can not even get along with each other, let alone the rest of the world

      2. The Arab Spring made this unstable region even more unstable.

      3. Militant Islamist's are taking advantage of the instability to promote their own, radical, destructive worldview.

      4. Investigations of the attacks are still underway. As of yet, there is still no conclusive proof of what actually led to the attacks, but you can bet that that idiotic video played right into the extremists hands.

      5. Osama bin Laden is dead, because of a decision made by the United States President. What is left of Al-Qaeda is scattered, and can only rouse up vicious riots at times like this, when some moron in California creates an anti-Islamic "Video."

      There are so many ways in which events in the Middle East can go wrong. One of them happened two weeks ago. I think it is ludicrous to blame the President for these events, since his ability to influence events in the Middle East were limited long ago by the Arab Spring.

      By the way, ask Bin Laden if he thinks Obama's leadership is weak.

    • William Young profile image

      William Young 

      6 years ago from Eaglle Grove, Iowa

      I'll grant you, Nathan, Obama may very well win a second term. I haven't got a clue what's going to happen on election day. Right now, it could go either way. But let's tell both sides of the story, my friend. President Obama has had a pretty bad week too. His handling of the violence in the Middle East and the assassination of Ambassador Stevens is about the worst excuse for Presidential leadership I've ever seen. Last week his White House Press Secretary said that the killings were done by an unorganized angry mob who were upset over a Youtube video and it had nothing to do with any hatred of America or the American people (which of course is such nonsense it's laughable). Then today, Jay Carney came out with a completely different story. Now they're saying that it's "self evident that this was a terrorist attack." Ya think? Obama may very well be re-elected. I don't really know what kind of President Romney would be, he hasn't been tested on a Presidential level yet. But Barack Obama has been one of the weakest President's in history in terms of leadership. And his handling of the attacks in the Middle East have been disgraceful.

    • Nathan Orf profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathan Orf 

      6 years ago


      Or if it were not for the fact that among those who pay no income taxes, are people like the Romney's, who get tax breaks. Thank you for commenting.

    • NateB11 profile image

      Nathan Bernardo 

      6 years ago from California, United States of America

      Yes, I don't know how much more Romney could bury himself, and this last $50,000 a plate event sealed the deal. His statement was arrogant (again), not eloquent (as he said), and inaccurate. There's comedy to it, if it weren't for the fact he's scoffing at people's misery.


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