Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Elegant language eludes Romney
Mitt Romney said his words about the 47 per centers were not stated elegantly
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Until now, we had usually assigned elegance to the words of Shakespeare or Robert Browning. But here comes Romney with his 47-47 paint-by-the-numbers remarks to a thick-walleted group of donors that assume one can speak elegantly while dissing nearly half of Americans as lazy, whining, tax-free slobs. As one who has accused President Obama of "divisiveness," Mitt has now said, in his own goal-tending words: "The president has his group and I have mine."
Mitt would have us believe that his views on this drag on hardworking taxpayers (his 47 pct .plus the Big One at the top) were a little muddled because he was speaking "off the cuff".
"I'm sure," he retreated, "I could have stated it with more clarity."
But I'm sure that not until the video blew a big hole in his campaign did he think his message to his high rollers was anything less than clear.
There have been strong hints about where the Romney campaign has been headed in nailing The Others in his great divide. Rick Santorum, once a Romney opponent and now a surrogate, has recently declared that the "elite and smart" people would never vote for his side. Probably true about smart people, although I know little about the elitists. And it's now inelegantly clear that Mitt knows nothing about the 47 pct. who are The Others.