Romney was already doing badly before the leaks of the last few days. At the Republican Convention, he was easily eclipsed by the empty chair sitting next to a rambling Clint Eastwood. Britain’s Opposition leader Ed Miliband was reported to be watching Romney closely for tips on how to be even less charismatic. Michael Moore had joked that Romney’s campaign was so dead, that the Mormon Church were planning to baptise it.
A few days ago, damaging comments made by the candidate were leaked on a prominent website. Here’s what he actually said:
“All right, there are 47% who are with him (Obama), who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to healthcare, to food, to housing, to you-name-it”. He added: “These are people who pay no income tax.”
Here’s why it was a stupid thing to say:
- If nothing else, Romney was remarkably foolish to say anything so contemptuous of nearly half the population during an election campaign.
- Even worse, he hasn’t even attempted to apologise or retract his remarks stating only that they were not “elegantly stated” and spoken “off the cuff.”
- The statement wasn’t even accurate. Many elderly people have been paying into the system all their working lives.
- Romney made similarly tactless and insensitive remarks about the Middle East situation.
- Romney is supposed to be aspiring to the highest office in the land but clearly has no idea of the notion of public service. Unless there’s a financial return involved, he isn’t interested.
- He added: “my job is not to represent them”. He is right. After November, he won’t be representing anyone.
He’s the worst presidential nominee in living memory.