When 140 Characters Isn't Enough
The Republican challenger speaks an uncomfortable truth — that it's hard enough to beat an incumbent president without almost half the electorate feeling dependent on him for some kind of government benefit.
The conveniently timed release of a video taped in May and leaked by Mother Jones in September has the usual suspects in the mainstream media chattering that Mitt Romney's candidacy for president is now doomed.
Even if it is true, you just can't say that 47% of Americans are dependent on government and that they're hard to reach politically because of that.
In one clip, Romney describes how his campaign would not try to appeal to "47% of the people" who will vote for President Obama "no matter what."
They are, he says, "dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them."
No doubt there are people who are dependent on government due to circumstances beyond their control. But it's been a main thrust of this administration to make as many people dependent on government as possible — witness ObamaCare — and its motives haven't always been pure.
This is the administration from which comes a steady drumbeat of class warfare, that rails against the evil "1%" while seeking to redistribute their wealth, that supports the mob action of Occupy Wall Street, attacks those preaching personal responsibility as asking people to "fend for themselves" and tells the people who roll up their sleeves rather than hold out their hands, well, "you didn't build that."
Romney did not dispute that many Americans need and deserve the benefits they get. He merely recognized the fact that it's hard to run against an administration that says electing Romney would place those benefits in jeopardy, an administration that raids Medicare of $700 billion to fund ObamaCare while its supporters run ads showing a Paul Ryan look-alike pushing granny over a cliff.