Just what the Republican’s campaign needed to get back on message.
The far-left magazine Mother Jones is making a splash, or what Democrats think is a splash, with video from a private fundraiser held in May for Mitt Romney. During the event, Romney spoke about the 47 percent of Americans who are dependent on government and pay no income tax and are therefore unlikely to favorably receive the Romney campaign’s message, at least on the tax cut issue.
The left is now calling them the “secret Romney tapes,” trying to raise images of Richard Nixon and late-night sweaty-brow conspiracies. In response to this clip being released, Mitt Romney said he hopes that whoever took the video will release all of it — hardly the sign of a man afraid of his words.
On Tuesday afternoon, Mother Jones obliged. The entire event can be seen here: Part 1 (which does not seem actually to begin at the beginning) and Part 2. On Wednesday, David Corn, the reporter who made the video(s) public admitted that the recording was not complete despite his earlier claims that it was.
In a late-night press conference on Monday, Romney said that his words were “not elegantly stated” — which is certainly true — but he stood up for the basic ideas. As well he should.
While the Romney campaign must not back off the issue of Obama’s utter failure in foreign policy (but do a better job than Romney did in the first hours of the Middle East and North Africa turmoil), these so-called “secret tapes” could be precisely what the campaign needs to get back on to message about Obama’s government-centered society of dependency and Romney’s individual-centered society of opportunity.
To be sure, Romney’s wording was clumsy, and some important portion of those who don’t pay income tax certainly wish they earned enough to have to pay tax. A reporter asked Romney if he thinks he offended 47 percent of the country. Surely the reporter hopes so, and Romney didn’t answer the question directly. But if 47 percent of the country was going to be offended by discussion of personal responsibility, then 47 percent of the country would be Democrats.
The real issue, which Romney can and must frame to the American electorate, is that President Obama is intentionally driving us off a fiscal cliff while chasing the liberal utopia of a government-centered entitlement society and income redistribution (from the turnabout-is-fair-play files, a newly found recording of Obama from 1998, same as he’s always been…)
Compare the two men yourself:
When I hear Romney’s words at this event, my reaction is “Say more of this stuff in public, Mitt. It’s a strong and correct message (other than the use of a number as high as 47 percent) and it will resonate with many Americans, including quite a few who don’t pay income tax.”
The Obama campaign responded to news of the recording with a blog posting entitled “You won’t believe this” in which they say that Romney’s words “demonstrate… disgust and disdain for half of our fellow Americans.” You will not be surprised to learn that Mother Jones columnist David Corn suggested in the original article that Mitt Romney’s words show his “disdain for half of America.”
This is obviously false. What Romney has is disdain for is Obama’s vision for America, which unfortunately is coming more clearly into focus with each passing month.
A few data points speak for themselves:
• Under the Obama presidency, food stamp usage has increased by 46 percent, from 32 million people to nearly 47 million people. The cost of the program has grown even more dramatically, now at over $6.2 billion per month versus $3.6 billion when Obama took office, an increase of about 70 percent. Food stamp spending comprised about 80 percent of the cost of the most recent horrific “Farm Bill.” This despite the number of unemployed people in America having risen “only” (a term I use very loosely considering we are in what the Obama administration terms a recovery) by half a million people over that same period. Fifteen percent of the American population is on food stamps. (Read that last sentence repeatedly until it sinks in.)
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?