The Mitt Romney video by Mother Jones which shows his “47% victims” remarks, could have handed Barack Obama a 2012 re-election victory for the White House. The footage on YouTube has gone viral and underscores the disconnectedness the GOP candidate arguably has with the American people, especially among the working and middle-classes. Or does it?
On September 18, the Christian Science Monitor suggested that Romney’s remarks could be a game-changer in the upcoming 2012 presidential election.
The Mitt Romney video shed light on a dynamic that could conceivably ruin his bid for upsetting the incumbent president.
In the Mother Jones video, Romney said he believes 47% of American votes “believe they are victims” and it is not his job to worry about them. Yikes!
Immediately, critics slammed the comments, calling Mitt “arrogant” and “disconnected.” However, conservative supporters said Mitt Romney was being objective in the video and talking about getting rid of the “culture of dependency” in America.
Obama flubbed on comments regarding Egypt not being an ally of the United States, but not an enemy either, during an interview after the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.
While his comments were based on government to government relationships, the some pundits questioned the president’s leadership.
Bear in mind that politicians often make gaffes and slips-of-the-tongue on occasion; it goes with the territory.
However, the Romney video posted by Mother Jones is something altogether different. It doesn’t show the Republican candidate as one who inadvertently misspoke.
Instead, Mitt Romney’s words appear to be calculated as he builds his case around salient points. Arguably, the former governor was aware and of sound mind when he talked about “Obama voters.”
“Do you believe in a government-centered society that provides more and more benefits, or do you believe instead in a free-enterprise society where people are able to pursue their dreams?”
New York Magazine blogger, Jonathan Chait, wrote this in response to Mitt Romney’s Mother Jones’ video:
“The video exposes an authentic Romney as a far more sinister character than I had imagine. Here is the sneering plutocrat, fully in thrall to a series of pernicious myths that are at the heart of the mania that has seized his party.”
In the video, Mitt Romney appears to be forming an ideological discussion, not merely weaving sentences together based on a once-and-done response. What’s more, he gives the remarks with a degree of emotion, arguably driving home a point he strongly believes in.
Ironically, today’s Presidential Tracking Poll has Romney leading Obama 47% to 45% based on potential voters, according to The Rasmussen Reports.
Perhaps Americans have sifted through the gaffe-effect politicians often encounter during election years.
Does the Mitt Romney video by Mother Jones change your views about the GOP in general? What should the 47% Mitt is not worrying about do on Election Day? Obama may be prepping for his acceptance speech after the fundraising comments.
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