Skip to comments.Why Romney's "Rich" Gaffes Will Cost Him
Posted on 02/03/2012 5:55:01 AM PST by RoosterRedux
Its 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 Romneys gaffes are no joke.
Its commonly said that this primary has left Romney worse for wear. It has. But not because of Newt Gingrich. Its not a matter of backfiring attack advertising. Its not even that, predictably, more Americans see Romney in an unfavorable light as the primary heats up. Its his words. Romneys wounds are self-inflicted. And, if he wins the nomination, well see why.
(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com ...
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.
Even public office is something to be bought and ‘owned’, and not to ‘work’ for.
Holy smokes. I didn’t realize there were so many “rich” gaffes. This article goes on and on. Electable my a$$.
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.
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.
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.
Spoken like a true communist. Those God damn rich.
You just ruined my day.
Pinged to the Big Guy beccause you NAILED it!!!
It’s not a gaffe to be rich.
But dont think that people are going to be enamored by the stuff he is saying.
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.
How do you think I feel? I’m the one that had to post it.
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.
I bet Romney promised Trump a high-paying job, like head of Fannie or Freddie (I hear the bonuses are out of this world).
I didn't think anyone could lose to Obama but Mitt might.
lol...he’d better than Romney, the liberal.
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 Parenthoods abortion clinics?
I may be forced by my revulsion for Sebellius to vote against Obama, no matter what. I dont 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.
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)
"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.
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.
The entire mainstream media knows that Romney hates poor people in all 57 states.
It’s on purpose.
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.
He may know it...but I don't think he comprehends it. Romney strikes me as kind of dense.
Not any republican...just Romney (who is really more of a democrat than a republican).
I hear you and will be more careful in the future.
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!!!’
Romney - another food-stamp president
Suggested ad for Speaker Gingrich to high-light Romneys 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.
Message sent - Romney = obama.
This should also take care of the preceived racial element in the food-stamp president language/label.
I like it! Perhaps we should quit our jobs and go to work for Newt full time!
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.
How about dropping your callous, foul mouth! No place for condemning our Creator here in FreeRepublic, nor anywhere else for that matter!
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.
“With the combination of gaffes and the Trump endorsement, to democrat voters, it looks like the filthy rich white guys who couldnt care less about poor people club. To republican voters, it will look like the filthy rich white northeast liberal guys who couldnt care less about conservatives club.”
Very well put. And true.
I did not condemn our Creator, of that I am certain. I apologize for offending you.
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.