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Why Romney's "Rich" Gaffes Will Cost Him
realclearpolitics.com ^ | 2/3/2012 | David Paul Kuhn

Posted on 02/03/2012 5:55:01 AM PST by RoosterRedux

It’s easy to collect Mitt Romney's "rich" remarks into a highlight reel. Have a few laughs. Sure, we ask, what's the guy thinking? We note that presidential races require your A-game. But then it's tempting to shrug. And say he's still on track to win the GOP nomination. That the general election will turn on the economy. Oh, those silly pundits. How they do obsess over every sound bite.

But listen to Rush Limbaugh on Romney: “He comes across as the prototypical rich Republican.” And one begins to hear why Romney’s gaffes are no joke.

It’s commonly said that this primary has left Romney worse for wear. It has. But not because of Newt Gingrich. It’s not a matter of backfiring attack advertising. It’s not even that, predictably, more Americans see Romney in an unfavorable light as the primary heats up. It’s his words. Romney’s wounds are self-inflicted. And, if he wins the nomination, we’ll see why.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: backstabberromney; badsportromney; emperororromney; poorsportromney; romney4romney; romneydirtytricks; romneytheimperious; saboteurromney

1 posted on 02/03/2012 5:55:07 AM PST by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux

Mitt Romney: Thank you. Thank you, my friends. (Cheers, applause.) Thank you for coming here on this beautiful Massachusetts evening. (Cheers, applause.)

My friends, we have — we have come to the end of a long journey. The American people have spoken, and they have spoken clearly. A little while ago, I had the honor of calling President Barack Obama — (boos) — to congratulate him — (boos) — please — to congratulate him on being reelected the president of the country that we both love.

In a contest as long and difficult as this campaign has been, his success alone commands my respect for his ability and perseverance. But that he managed to do so by inspiring the hopes of so many millions of Americans who had once wrongly believed that they had little at stake or little influence in the election of an American president is something I deeply admire and commend him for achieving.


2 posted on 02/03/2012 5:59:07 AM PST by ILS21R (Never give up.)
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To: RoosterRedux

Yep,.

Even public office is something to be bought and ‘owned’, and not to ‘work’ for.


4 posted on 02/03/2012 6:05:00 AM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: RoosterRedux

Holy smokes. I didn’t realize there were so many “rich” gaffes. This article goes on and on. Electable my a$$.


5 posted on 02/03/2012 6:05:10 AM PST by MulberryDraw (Anyone see the democrat budget yet?)
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To: RoosterRedux

Nothing demonstrates this better than his little slice of life story he told at the beginning of this campaign.

My dear wife. I love her so much. I decided to give her a little gift to compensate for all the work she will be going through.

So I bought her a $10,000,000 mansion on the beach in La Jolla and I’m going to tear it down and build a $20,000,000 for her.

And it apparently never occurred to him that anyone would look at that as anything but a heart warming example of his love for his wife.

And he told this story KNOWING that class warfare would be his opponents’ top strategy.


6 posted on 02/03/2012 6:10:07 AM PST by DManA (to)
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To: RoosterRedux

Folks it’s not a gaffe to be rich. Romney is just the latest frontrunner to be targeted, and if Newt comes back it will be his turn again.

Please wake up. Don’t let the democrats define this race. The knock on Romney is his LIBERAL record because liberalism sucks. Don’t fall for the pumping up of gaffes by our candidates, or that they are all out of touch.

Think folks, just weeks ago it was Newt with a (non) gaffe simply because he suggested getting jobs for poor kids.


7 posted on 02/03/2012 6:10:49 AM PST by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: RoosterRedux

With the combination of gaffes and the Trump endorsement, to democrat voters, it looks like the filthy rich white guy’s who couldn’t care less about poor people club. To republican voters, it will look like the filthy rich white northeast liberal guy’s who couldn’t care less about conservatives club.


8 posted on 02/03/2012 6:14:14 AM PST by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 ! We should take off and Newt washington from orbit.)
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To: RoosterRedux

Spoken like a true communist. Those God damn rich.


9 posted on 02/03/2012 6:15:03 AM PST by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: ILS21R
HW Bush, Dole, McCain, Romney. One, long, post-Reagan concession speech.
10 posted on 02/03/2012 6:18:26 AM PST by Dead Dog
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To: ILS21R
HW Bush, Dole, McCain, Romney. One, long, post-Reagan concession speech.
11 posted on 02/03/2012 6:18:36 AM PST by Dead Dog
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To: ILS21R
Mitt Romney: Thank you. Thank you, my friends. (Cheers, applause.) Thank you for coming here on this beautiful Massachusetts evening. (Cheers, applause.)

You just ruined my day.

12 posted on 02/03/2012 6:20:32 AM PST by McBuff
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To: Williams; Jim Robinson

Pinged to the Big Guy beccause you NAILED it!!!


13 posted on 02/03/2012 6:20:39 AM PST by piytar (Rebellion is here! Free Republic is on the front line! NEVER SURRENDER!)
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To: Williams

It’s not a gaffe to be rich.

But dont think that people are going to be enamored by the stuff he is saying.


14 posted on 02/03/2012 6:21:49 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Williams
I'm not a communist. Far from it...I am a (semi-) retired investment banker. And I certainly don't begrudge Romney his wealth. In fact, I wish I had it...yet I'm not running for president.

But if republicans think Romney understands the issues regular folks in America face on a daily, they are in for a shock. He has no idea (which is why he doesn't connect).

Obama and Axelrod are going to utterly destroy Romney if he is the nominee.

15 posted on 02/03/2012 6:23:35 AM PST by RoosterRedux (Newt: "Why vote for the guy who lost to the guy who lost to Obama?")
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To: McBuff

How do you think I feel? I’m the one that had to post it.


16 posted on 02/03/2012 6:24:37 AM PST by ILS21R (Never give up.)
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To: RoosterRedux

You are exactly right. With the job numbers starting to come back, they take away the only plus Romney has. Romney and his private sector experience will mean nothing and they will pulverize him as the rich Wall St guy.


17 posted on 02/03/2012 6:31:01 AM PST by weston (As far as I'm concerned, it's Christ or nothing!)
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To: ZX12R

I bet Romney promised Trump a high-paying job, like head of Fannie or Freddie (I hear the bonuses are out of this world).


18 posted on 02/03/2012 6:32:07 AM PST by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, Democrats believe every day is April 15th.)
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To: RoosterRedux
The democrats already have a video out linking Romney and Trump and repeating his statements about firing people and not caring about poor people.

I didn't think anyone could lose to Obama but Mitt might.

19 posted on 02/03/2012 6:38:31 AM PST by McGruff (46 States To Go)
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To: RoosterRedux
Photobucket We need a real candidate..... My 80 year old mom wants Tom to run...She has a heart attack when she sees"THE TASH"
20 posted on 02/03/2012 6:40:37 AM PST by baddog 219
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To: baddog 219

lol...he’d better than Romney, the liberal.


21 posted on 02/03/2012 6:45:04 AM PST by RoosterRedux (Newt: "Why vote for the guy who lost to the guy who lost to Obama?")
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To: RoosterRedux
As a Catholic, I am astonished that Romney has not said a word about the new HHS edict that mandates that Catholic hospitals either provide the same “services” as Planned Parenthood or disassociate with the Church.. Forcing the largest non-public health care provider in the country to abandon its historic mission.

You would think that as a Mormon, he would have some appreciation of what religious persecution means. Unless, of course, he belongs that that large group of Republicans, including the likes of George H.W. Bush, who are totally cynical in their lip service to the pro-like cause. Even so, can he not see the possible political advantage, or is it that his “set” are the kind who are shocked when Komen decides to stop funding Planned Parenthood’s abortion clinics?

I may be forced by my revulsion for Sebellius to vote against Obama, no matter what. I don’t know what arouses my disgust the most, the Obamaites or those Catholics who actually supported Obama care, not realizing what sort of power they were putting into the hands of a pro-abortion fanatic--and I do not use the term lightly--like Sebellius.

22 posted on 02/03/2012 6:48:26 AM PST by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: Williams
Folks it’s not a gaffe to be rich. Romney is just the latest frontrunner to be targeted, and if Newt comes back it will be his turn again.

You are very right about that. With Romney, however, there seems to be a naive delusion that somehow, unlike Newt, the press is going to lay-off him. . .and that constitutes to a large degree, his "electablity". . .as a result, Romney seems so ill-equipped to go to war with the press or to anticipate how they will attempt to destroy him.

Look at what Ann Coulter says about this in an article about the reasons behind Romney's alleged "electability:" "Romney is the most electable candidate not only because it will be nearly impossible for the media to demonize this self-made Mormon square, devoted to his wife and church. . . . These Romney people actually believe this insanity! And because they believe that it "is nearly impossible for the media to demonize" Romney. . .Romney is so poorly equipped for the battle at hand. . .That is why he will continue to bumble, stumble and fumble. . .(hopefully, before he is able to collect the Republican nomination)

23 posted on 02/03/2012 6:49:38 AM PST by McBuff
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To: RoosterRedux
But if republicans think Romney understands the issues regular folks in America face on a daily, they are in for a shock. He has no idea (which is why he doesn't connect).

"I'm not worried about the very poor, they have a safety net which I'll fix if broken. I'm not worried about the rich, they are doing just fine, I'm worried about the 90 to 95 percent of middleclass Americans who are struggling now..."

I don't see the gaffe in this latest statement hitting the pundit circle. Let the democrats attack. All the republicans have to do is point this out to the middleclass.

24 posted on 02/03/2012 6:51:27 AM PST by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: RoosterRedux
I still don't think Willard will be the nominee although I'm less sure of it now than I was last week.

If he is, it's because a lot of misguided Tea Partyers/pro lifers/other consersatives -- and there are a lot of them -- are supporting him.

Me, I think he's going to be Richard Nixon II.

25 posted on 02/03/2012 6:52:17 AM PST by Tribune7 (GAS WAS $1.85 per gallon on the day Obama was Inaugurated! - - freeper Gaffer)
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts
As Newt said yesterday, the so-called "safety net" (and how it affects the poor) is worth worrying about. It traps the poor in poverty and gives them no way out.
26 posted on 02/03/2012 6:54:41 AM PST by RoosterRedux (Newt: "Why vote for the guy who lost to the guy who lost to Obama?")
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To: RoosterRedux

The entire mainstream media knows that Romney hates poor people in all 57 states.


27 posted on 02/03/2012 6:54:49 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: DManA

It’s on purpose.


28 posted on 02/03/2012 6:58:44 AM PST by ebshumidors ( Marksmanship and YOUR heritage http://www.appleseedinfo.org)
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To: RoosterRedux

I was quite certain you are not a communist, but if we want to worry about what Romney says we must also worry about what we say.

As to the belief Obama is going to destroy any republican I say like Hell.


29 posted on 02/03/2012 7:00:47 AM PST by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: DManA
And he told this story KNOWING that class warfare would be his opponents’ top strategy.

He may know it...but I don't think he comprehends it. Romney strikes me as kind of dense.

30 posted on 02/03/2012 7:03:43 AM PST by RoosterRedux (Newt: "Why vote for the guy who lost to the guy who lost to Obama?")
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To: Williams
As to the belief Obama is going to destroy any republican I say like Hell.

Not any republican...just Romney (who is really more of a democrat than a republican).

31 posted on 02/03/2012 7:05:42 AM PST by RoosterRedux (Newt: "Why vote for the guy who lost to the guy who lost to Obama?")
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To: Williams
we must also worry about what we say.

I hear you and will be more careful in the future.

32 posted on 02/03/2012 7:06:51 AM PST by RoosterRedux (Newt: "Why vote for the guy who lost to the guy who lost to Obama?")
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts

Even in context, this is really a HUGE liberal gaffe, as it reflects a mindset that he loves, loves, loves the status quo. He LIKES the big liberal entitlement programs that keep people COMFORTABLE in poverty with no vision to change how things are in America.

If I were Newt, I would create an ad that contrasts this statement with the firey statement Newt made where he said (paraphrasing), I am for an America where people get a job, they get a better job and then they OWN the job!!!’


33 posted on 02/03/2012 7:19:33 AM PST by spacejunkie2001
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To: spacejunkie2001

Romney - another food-stamp president

Suggested ad for Speaker Gingrich to high-light Romney’s true color -

Start - ‘Romney - another food-stamp president’
Next - video clip from Romney: ‘I am not concerned about the very poor. They have safety-nets...’
Voice: Yes! Romney, just like obama, will keep and expand all the ‘safety nets’ for the ‘very poor’, rather than create jobs for all, including jobs for the ‘very poor’, so they can take care of themselves, instead of relying on ‘safety nets’ from government and taxpayers to take care of them.
Vote for Romney and you vote for another food-stamp president.
Vote for Gingrich and you vote for a paycheck president.

Result:-
Message sent - Romney = obama.
This should also take care of the preceived racial element in the ‘food-stamp president’ language/label.


34 posted on 02/03/2012 7:37:15 AM PST by chrisnj
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To: chrisnj

I like it! Perhaps we should quit our jobs and go to work for Newt full time!

LOL


35 posted on 02/03/2012 7:39:46 AM PST by spacejunkie2001
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To: spacejunkie2001; chrisnj

Actually, Newt just did an excellent video very much like your ideas. It might be on the campaign website now; I saw it this morning because a Freeper linked to it, but I don’t remember where.


36 posted on 02/03/2012 7:43:16 AM PST by livius
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To: Williams

How about dropping your callous, foul mouth! No place for condemning our Creator here in FreeRepublic, nor anywhere else for that matter!


37 posted on 02/03/2012 7:43:28 AM PST by nfldgirl
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To: spacejunkie2001; RoosterRedux

The “gaffe” that the media are running with is “I don’t care about the very poor.” You may not like the safety net comment, but that’s not the gaffe. It’s not a “gaffe” that the liberals can win with.


38 posted on 02/03/2012 7:53:24 AM PST by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: ZX12R

“With the combination of gaffes and the Trump endorsement, to democrat voters, it looks like the filthy rich white guy’s who couldn’t care less about poor people club. To republican voters, it will look like the filthy rich white northeast liberal guy’s who couldn’t care less about conservatives club.”

Very well put. And true.


39 posted on 02/03/2012 8:03:09 AM PST by MichaelCorleone (Stop feeding the beast; only spend money with establishments that share traditional American values.)
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To: Mean Maryjean

I did not condemn our Creator, of that I am certain. I apologize for offending you.


40 posted on 02/03/2012 9:34:51 AM PST by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: Williams

Romney is being made fun of in the same way that we mocked the wealthy, arrogant, smug, patrician, John Kerry in 2004.

Don’t get bothered because this time it is Mitt.


41 posted on 02/03/2012 10:36:08 AM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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