Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Multiple Choice Mitt?
The Daily Kos reviews a recent column by Ezra Klein in which he discusses the latest attempts by Mitt Romney to be all things to all people, reversing long stated positions apparently on a whim. He was for health care when in Massachusetts (and conveniently forgets that more than 80% of his budget was supported by government funds), bur now opposes Obamacare. In another column, Klein discusses that one who just reads a transcript of the debate will have a different impression of who one and who lost. The animated Mitt does not show up in print, but the lack of specifics and repetition does. Also shown is the wonkiness of the discussion and here the President, although coherent, is not persuasive. The President does not appear to be engaged. Romney was aggressive, dismissive of the moderator, and brought no new ideas to the discussion, but brought a different persona to the debate discussion . . . walking himself back from months of acquiescence to his party's right wing. So, who can believe or trust anything Romney says. I know I can't. The polls have indicated that Romney got a much needed bump from his debate performance, but how many voters will realize that it was a made for TV moment? Klein also cannot believe the "moderate Mitt" mantle he is trying to wear as he rightly points out that Mitt has signed the Grover Norquist pledge and raised his hand in the primary debates stating he would not raise one dollar of revenue even against ten dollars of tax cuts. He described himself as a severely conservative Governor. So who is he? He will say whatever it takes to sell his snake oil. Described by Axelrod as giving an Elmer Gantry performance, Romney was equated with an infamous fictional fraudulent preacher. Klein also asks, "who will Romney owe allegiance to if elected?" Do several multi-billionaires or Karl Rove come to mind? Hint: his allegiance will not be to the middle class! The middle class will not easily forget the "47%" candid moment when he shows his disdain for half of the hard working people in this country. Charles Blow writing in the New York Times discussed the importance of Sesame Street to his early learning in a poor southern county and the value public TV brought to his later knowledge. How many times has this been replicated over the history of this program? How many real working people today can point to this source of knowledge as invaluable to their ability to learn? I think this is just another example of Romney's distance from real people. What do you think the debate showed? Do you trust Mitt Romney to tell you the truth? Let me hear from you. What should the President do to counter these flip flops?