Friday, September 21, 2012

Last Chance Saloon Romney

How bad was the Romney 47% Gaffe? It was bad, but by no means is the race over. It should not be forgotten that Barack Obama would never have won four years ago had it not been for the financial crisis that hit in the late summer of 2008 which was a massive blow to the Republican Parties attempts at retaining the Presidency. There are six weeks to go until the 2012 election. Anything could happen between now and then. A foreign policy crisis, an Obama gaffe or a fresh political controversy could all see Romney take the lead in this race. However make no mistake it was a big gaffe that the Obama team will mercilessly exploit. Firstly, while I don't know the figures I'm pretty sure the percentage of Americans paying no tax is much lower that 47%. Secondly, even if there is a large chunk of the American population receiving welfare, food stamps or government assistance of some sort it doesn't mean than many of them don't desperately want to get out of that situation. To refer to the 47% as victims who he doesn't need to worry about was careless, even if it was behind closed doors. Look, we all know that in every society there is a section of the population that are perfectly content to live off the state. But that is nowhere near as high as 47%, certainly not in the US. I feel sorry for the guy because we all speak with a different tone in private but I hope for his sake there are no more similar tapes out there because at this stage there is only so many more hits Romney can afford to take before this campaign will be out of his hands and he will be relying on Obama mistakes.


The System Works said...


Obama's newly-uncovered 1998 speech at Loyola is mandatory listening and makes an interesting accompaniment to Romney's in Boca Raton. It reveals a worrying vision that looks set to come through.

The issue of massive dependency on state welfare is an important issue that I hope will dominate the final stages of this election cycle.

Ted Leddy said...


I have always believed that the labour parties in Ireland and Britain want dependency and that they very specifically pursue policies of state intervention in order to get votes. I am less convinced that that is the case with Obama and the Democrats. However it should be the main issue for debate in the US over the next 6 weeks.

Paul said...

' I am less convinced that that is the case with Obama and the Democrats.'

Just give them time I'm sure the penny has dropped as how to gerrymander votes through a massive state like Tony Blair did.

Cranky Notions said...

An excellent, worrying point from Mark Steyn:

"To the old question "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" there are millions who answer "No" — but that's all the more reason to stick with the party of mass dependency and supersized food-stamp programs. In other words, what conservatives think of as Obama's "failure" — the moribund economy, flatline jobs market, underwater housing, general sclerosis — the Democrats see as a wildly successful expansion of the base. Or as Hilaire Belloc put it, "Always keep a-hold of Nurse / For fear of finding something worse."