When the real Mitt was captured saying his 47% victim remark, including the slap in the face statement "My job is not to worry about those people" -- Mitt stood his ground & said although "not elegantly stated," he stood by what he said. He was not backing down.
Until he did back down, last week, saying he was"completely wrong".
I finally reached common ground with Romney! Not only was his statement wrong-- but his entire platform of no/yes doublespeak on just about every issue makes him completely wrong. For the record-- I'd rather Pink slip military spending & let Big Bird keep job.
I will say the NY Daily news headline stated it best- "Mitt hits the fan". Even staunch republicans were rumbling that the comment & lack of retraction and or apology made Mitt (appear as) "arrogant and stupid". All along we have heard the biggest struggle in the Romney sales pitch is for him to come across as human.
How many of us have that problem?
There is a real core issue & heart of the matter-- that no matter how much they try to make him smile, or come across as a man of substance-- but ony enough to have his opinions match that of whichever way the winds blow that day, and or what the big money donors/handlers want his campaign message to be.
The truth of the matter is Mitt would fire Big Bird. He does hold those using entitlement programs in contempt, and he will gut those lifeline social service programs-- because he is not just a 1%er, but the top 1% of the 1%ers Mitt does not see the need, or have a heart about those who are drowning in health care costs, or have rightfully earned their entitlement monies.
When he says those words we want to hear-- about education being important... he throws in "freedom of choice" and almost whispers the word "vouchers".
Yes, Mitt does not get it, that taking Federal Money out of the public schools, so that kids can have vouchers- to use federal money to attend private schools (read private Mormon & religious based schools) that he would deal a sucker punch to the already struggling public school system.
Never mind the fact public/religious neutral schools are all inclusive & provide diversity & equal opportunities-- I'd love to see what Mitt would say if a kid wants to use a voucher to attend a Muslim* based private school, for instance. I bet Mitt would have his panties in a knot. Suddenly, there would be a whole walk back of this freedom/voucher concept- for certain schools or religions.
* Apologies in advance to peace loving Muslims everywhere, I an just making a point that Romney would like vouchers for religious private schools, but only approved religions.
Therein lies the problem- Mitt stands for what he stands for, until he does not, and he's done a whole lot of changing. Don't get me wrong- some change is good-- like Obama finally getting rid of don't ask don't tell. I would not be comfortable w a leader who remained hopelessly fixed on matters so as to not progress in positive ways-- but we are talking about total turn arounds.
Abortion- Roe V Wade overturned
Global Warming/Climate change
No new taxes pledge
Assault weapons ban/Gun control
Stem Cell Research
In closing, most of us are in the 99%, or the 47%, or know or have loved ones, friends & family that are in that category. I think what Mitt said was the real Mitt, and his issue positions shift more than the sands of dunes on a windswept beach. It's not new that politicians tell us anything we want to hear, in order to get elected-- but Mitt's everchanging positions are as out there as his money is spread about in foreign accounts. Maybe we should call him "Gyro"?
Whatever we call Mitt Romney, it should not be "president".