Romney’s theory of the “taker class,” and why it matterssaid of the 47 percent of Americans who are likely to vote for Barack Obama. “I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
There will be plenty said about the politics of Romney’s remarks. But I want to take a moment and talk about the larger argument behind them, because this vision of a society divided between “makers” and “takers” is core to the Republican nominee’s policy agenda. Ezra Klein's Story in the Washington Post
Mitt Romney's 47% in Red States...his own voters
Daily Beast: The video carping about government moochers may well have sealed it. Mitt Romney is going down, and the fight already is on for the future of the Republican Party. The battle will be bitter—and prolonged, says Robert Shrum.
Last week the view hardened that the Republican nominee was in close to terminal trouble. Having lost the summer as he let the Obama campaign define him, having lost the conventions when he let Clint Eastwood step all over his acceptance speech, Mitt Romney spectacularly lost his head on Sept. 11 during the mob attack on U.S. diplomats in Egypt and Libya. He came across as a low-life opportunist rushing to exploit a national tragedy in order to score political points and then doubling down on this venal dumbness with a smirking and contentious press conference. This week he may well have finished the job, with a video leaking of him referring to 47 percent of the electorate as government moochers.
Romney’s advisers have taken to bashing the press for covering the bad news, a near-certain sign of a losing campaign, as is the simultaneous effort to quarrel with the methodology of polls showing him trailing in the battleground states with almost no way of reaching 270 electoral votes. The surveys were largely in the field before Romney’s graceless and craven charge that the Obama administration sympathized with those who murdered the nation’s ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. More polls are on the way, and for Mitt the Knife, with his self-inflicted wounds, most of the numbers won’t be pretty.
John Heilemann, who knows a game change when he sees it, rendered a damning verdict in New York: “Romney … badly missed the mark.” Heilemann cited the array of GOP leaders, strategists, and commentators who declined to offer even faint support or instead outright rebuked their own candidate, on and off the record. He pointed to the broader narrative emerging in the media across the ideological spectrum: Romney is losing, knows he is losing, and is starting to panic.
The Word is "REDISTRIBUTION".
Coordinated GOP Response to Romney Bare Honesty
From Drudge to Fox and Talk Show artists, the right leaning media has in one day, dragged out a 1990s Obama quote, taken slightly out of context of Obama, saying he believes in redistribution to some extent... as if the wealthy don't also redistribute Americans wealth to themselves.
- Radioman KansaSitty Wonder if it was Karl Rove who sent out the memo to all Romney media outlets to use that years-old "redistribution' comment as the response for Romney's classless class video leak? They're all right on the talking point, have you noticed?
So, in his latest attempt to deflect criticism about his calling 47% of Americans -- and all Obama supporters -- moochers, Romney dredged up an Obama video from 14 years ago in which he talks about "redistribution." You know, like using tax dollars to pay for Social Security, Medicare, teachers, firefighters, cops, soldiers, Pell Grants, Head Start, etc. But as Chris Matthews notes, Romney isn't against all "redistribution" .
RUN, Forrest, RUN!
The very wealthy are driven by a silent addiction for more
Having grown up in a wealthy family, he said people who are already rich can never get enough money. They become slaves to the need to keep what they’ve got while striving to acquire more. It sounded as if he was talking about most people’s idea of the American dream, but he didn’t say it in an endearing way.
It wasn’t until another friend sent me a decades-old article by Philip Slater in Quest magazine that the earlier statement made sense. Slater wrote that rich people are hopelessly addicted to their own wealth. More of this interesting Star article....