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Tue Sep 18, 2012, 09:39 AM

'Not elegantly stated'

'Not elegantly stated'

By Steve Benen

By late yesterday afternoon, the Romney campaign was in the middle of a political firestorm, stemming from secretly-recorded comments the candidate made a fundraiser. In the video, Romney is seen expressing contempt for nearly the half the country, chastising the elderly and the working families who don't pay federal income taxes for considering themselves "victims" who fail to "take personal responsibility."

Late last night, the Republican candidate delivered a brief statement, hoping to quell the controversy...but the key part of the statement is the fact that Romney simply endorsed everything seen in the clip. He conceded his recorded comments were "not elegantly stated," and were delivered "off the cuff," but nevertheless recommitted himself to the underlying sentiment.

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Also note, Romney argued that this kind of rhetoric is routine, suggesting the argument is something is talks about "a good deal in rallies and speeches and so forth." That's not quite right -- I've read the transcripts of hundreds of Romney speeches and addresses, and I've never heard express divisive contempt for nearly the half the country...As Dave Weigel put it, "This is Tea Party rhetoric churned into something new and stupid."

Last week, given a chance to walk back his dishonest exploitation of American deaths in Libya, Romney chose to double down on the offensive smear. Last night, Romney was again given a chance to walk back his disdainful remarks about nearly half the country, and again, he doubled down. I guess he takes the whole "no apologies" thing rather literally.

The arrogance, the hyper-elitism, the tone-deaf political skills ... it's all just breathtaking.

http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/09/18/13937375-not-elegantly-stated



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seabeyond Sep 2012 #1
Jennicut Sep 2012 #2
WinkyDink Sep 2012 #3
ProSense Sep 2012 #4
Jennicut Sep 2012 #5
ProSense Sep 2012 #6

Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Sep 18, 2012, 09:43 AM

1. last night at table, when hubby talking about this, son asked if we are paying taxes. well ya....

lol, percentage wise a hell of a lot more than romney.

but but but.... we are part of the 48%

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Sep 18, 2012, 09:49 AM

2. Romney doesn't even try to deny that he meant what he said.

He truly looks down upon "the peasants." I think when he ran he really thought he be appointed king or something. He is so out of touch that even Joe Scarborough was offended this morning.

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Response to Jennicut (Reply #2)

Tue Sep 18, 2012, 09:51 AM

3. KING?! Bwahahaha! Romney believes, literally, he will be a GOD!

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Response to Jennicut (Reply #2)

Tue Sep 18, 2012, 10:31 AM

4. Which is why this

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Response to ProSense (Reply #4)

Tue Sep 18, 2012, 10:34 AM

5. Perfect ad.

Hilarious and devastating all at the same time.

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Response to Jennicut (Reply #5)

Tue Sep 18, 2012, 11:14 AM

6. Yup, it needs to go viral. n/t

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