Thu Sep 27, 2012, 05:00 PM
WilliamPitt (57,556 posts)
Jonathan Chait | The Poetic Justice of Romney’s Self-Immolation
I’ve been wrong before, and I’ll be wrong again, but I may never have been as wrong as I was when I initially predicted that Mitt Romney’s heinous diatribe against 47 percent of America would have little direct impact on the election. It’s an absolutely crushing blow. Obviously it doesn’t guarantee his defeat — if a secret video surfaces depicting Obama promising to impose Sharia law in his second term, Romney will stand a good chance of coming back — but it destroys his public standing in ways that make a comeback nearly impossible. Here is Obama’s latest ad using Romney’s comments: ***Video at Link Below***
Worse still, the comments destroy Romney’s fundamental credibility. Here America sees what he says behind closed doors. Nothing he can say in public can possibly overcome the damage of these comments, because voters will quite correctly assume that he is telling them what they want to hear. George W. Bush’s campaign figured out how to do this to both Al Gore and John Kerry — by painting them as liars, Bush destroyed them as a message delivery platform. Romney has, essentially, done it to himself.
It will be fair because Romney has spent the last five years refashioning himself in the image of his party, discarding his most decent elements along the way, only to be caught in the end speaking bluntly. I’ve argued that the comments reflect his true beliefs now, but it scarcely matters. America has now seen Mitt Romney talking about us (or 47 percent of us, which offends many more of us) behind our backs.
And then, finally, there is a poetic justice in the substance of Romney’s self-immolation. This is not a random gaffe, a joke gone bad, or even a terrible brain freeze. It is Romney exposed for espousing a worldview that is at the heart of his party’s mania. The idea he summed up at that fund-raiser was a combination of right-wing fever dreams I’ve been analyzing since Obama took office — the Ayn Randism, the fact-free class warfare, the frantic rage at a changing America. The Republican Party is going down because its candidate was seen advocating exactly the beliefs that make the party so dangerous and repellant.
The rest, with vid: http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/09/poetic-justice-of-romneys-self-immolation.html
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Jonathan Chait | The Poetic Justice of Romney’s Self-Immolation (Original post)
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Thu Sep 27, 2012, 05:32 PM
hifiguy (17,330 posts)
6. Charlie Pierce and Matt Taibbi are doing
a bang up job on the Hapless Willard Mitt Romney. They have picked up Thompson's torch and are carrying it forward in most admirable fashion.
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Thu Sep 27, 2012, 05:20 PM
Cha (155,447 posts)
3. In mitt's own words.. It's not his job
to worry about those who he deems unworthy. What is his job? Oh yeah, to Lie LIE LIE..he's even Lying about the 47%. mitt being his own Worst Enemy EXPOSED.