Politics as a way of proving that it helps to be stupid if you’re a conservative. So it is with Mitt Romney’s campaign for the Presidency.
Romney, like many conservatives, has unbridled arrogance and conceit which he hides under a man of the people manner. Thankfully, not many people are taken in by this pretence and his gaffe about 47% of Americans will only confirm that:
“Mitt Romney’s campaign came close to hitting the self-destruct button when he stood by a secret video recording suggesting that 47% of Americans are government-dependent “victims” who do not pay taxes.
In a hastily-convened press conference, the Republican presidential candidate confirmed the authenticity of the video and opted against disavowing the views expressed in it. He said only that the case was not “elegantly stated” and that he had “spoken off the cuff”. “
Update 1: I loath the Weekly Standard, it embodies all that is wrong with American conservatism. Normally, I wouldn’t even linked to them, but in these exceptional circumstances, even they have criticised Romney:
Plenty of conservatives are pushing back against the worldview espoused by Mitt Romney in his “arrogant and stupid’ remarks at a private fundraiser earlier this year.
The conservative case against Romney’s analysis is multi-pronged. His description of the 47 percent who don’t pay income taxes as “dependents” flies in the face of the conservative view that Americans should be paying fewer, not more, taxes. And historically, most Americans have not paid income taxes. Moreover, most of those who don’t pay income taxes still contribute to the federal government in the form of payroll taxes and other federal taxes and fees. The political argument, that those who are “dependents” won’t be voting for Romney anyway is demonstrably wrong, and the content and tone of Romney’s remarks don’t strike many conservatives (and others) as particularly presidential.
At the Daily Caller, Jim Antle notes how Romney’s use of the “47 percent” marker who are “dependent” on government is simply wrong:
“I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives,” Romney said of the dreaded 47 percent.
The problem is that Romney isn’t basing that figure on dependency on government programs. He’s using the rough percentage of people who pay no federal income tax.
There are two reasons the percentage of Americans who don’t write checks to the IRS has spiked in recent years: the bad economy, which Romney pledges to ameliorate, and Republican tax cuts, which Romney plans to continue….”
Update 2: Politico is reporting that the dullard, Donald Trump, has ventured to defend Romney:
” “He has to not apologize; I think we’ve seen enough apologizing already,” Trump said on NBC’s “Today.” “He cannot apologize. What he said is probably what he means, and he did say ‘inartfully stated.’ The fact is he cannot apologize; he is going for those independents. He won’t get the votes of a lot of people he’s discussing, and if you’re not going to get the votes, let’s go on with it.”
Update 3: This superb response should be an Obama election advert:
Update 4: It beggars belief but Romney’s advice on how to bomb the US: