My family is stuck in the TV market with Washington D.C. and Virginia. Virginia is very much in play so we get all of the campaign ads. My 22 year old son asked me why the ads are always so negative. He was trying to tune them out. He thought the ads on both sides were forgettable. It is perfectly possible my biases have me thinking this way, but to me, President Obama’s ads address the difference between his and Romney’s policies in as positive manner as possible. It is hard to be positive when discussing Romney’s positions, because you soon realize that his policies are only favoring a small segment of the US population– consequentially it is impossible for President Obama’s ads to be positive about his opponent.
Romney recently admitted to throwing 47% under the bus, but then retracted it. My son was a Math Major. He could not understand Romney saying that he supported 53% of the US population then 100% a few days later. That simple fact has caused him to sour on Romney. Well, Romney’s video admission of not having any concern for 47% of the US population is so self-defeating we might be seeing President Obama generating advertisements lauding his accomplishments. Whenever your foe steps in it as badly as Romney has you just want to let him sink and not get pulled in. The article “In video, Romney strays from standard GOP points about ‘makers’ and ‘takers'” shows the contempt that Romney has for the majority of US citizens.
Romney strayed from the GOP message as the article states “For one thing, he picked on the wrong people: the 47 percent of Americans who pay no federal income tax. That group includes key GOP constituencies, such as seniors and blue-collar families. So most Republicans target a different set of Americans instead – those who get government benefits.”
The other problem was that Romney said these people were already a lost cause – to him, to the GOP and to themselves. That contrasts with a key Republican idea: that most people who are dependent on the government want nothing more than not to be.”
Add the GOP policies against women to Romney’s horrible comment and you can see that Romney is addressing the needs of a very small percentage of US citizens.
Why are the Democrats and President Obama wise to say little about this? The article “10 Republicans Who Have Spoken Out Against Mitt Romney’s Remarks On The 47%” clearly demonstrates that the GOP politicians aren’t going to let Romney sink their campaigns.
I think the comment by Mark McKinnon clearly describes the Romney dilemma as the article states “McKinnon, who worked for both former Pres. George Bush and presidential candidate John McCain, expressed his disappointment with Romney in an article for The Daily Beast Wednesday, writing “Well, the release of the Romney tape was a moment that certainly revealed something about him. But not what I was hoping for…. How can anyone support a candidate with this kind of a vision of the country? Isn’t a divided America under Obama what folks on the right rail against?””
Do you remember Rove bragging about the GOP inclusive big tent? The article “GOP, big tent or big mess?” describes that there isn’t really a GOP platform, but only desire to end President Obama’s presidency. With this background it is easy to see Romney making remarks that exclude so many of us.
Romney committed the GOP sin of flip-flopping. Now, after only a few days of sticking to 47%, Romney changes his tune to be more inclusive. The article “Romney says he would represent ‘100%’ of Americans” demonstrates that Romney is his own worst enemy. The article shows him abandoning his 47% remarks as it quotes him saying “”My campaign is about the 100% in America. And I am concerned about them. I am concerned about the fact that over the past four years, life has become harder for Americans,” Romney said. “… this campaign is about helping people who need help, and right now, the people who are poor in this country need help getting out of poverty. The people in the middle class need help because their incomes have gone down every year for the last four years.””
GOP candidates know better than admitting so openly that they have no concern for huge segments of the US population. I’m using remarks that show Republicans like, Mark McKinnon, are attacking Romney. When your own supporters have given up on you things are bad. This admission of Romney’s is the death knell for his candidacy.