The most fun thing to me about the controversy over the release of a secretly recorded video of Mitt Romney denigrating 47% of all voters as welfare queens who would never vote for him has been watching how his campaign has tried to deal with the blowback from those statements. To call it an epic disaster is to be too kind.
First, the campaign put out a statement that said, in part:
“Mitt Romney wants to help all Americans struggling in the Obama economy. As the governor has made clear all year, he is concerned about the growing number of people who are dependent on the federal government, including the record number of people who are on food stamps, nearly one in six Americans in poverty, and the 23 million Americans who are struggling to find work.”
Well yes, he’s “concerned” about them and he “wants to help” them — he just doesn’t think it’s his job “to worry about those people” because he’ll “never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” Sure, that makes sense.
When that statement did little to settle the situation, they quickly arranged an impromptu press conference for Romney himself to address the growing controversy. He tried to defend what he said, but admitted that it wasn’t “elegantly stated” — like it would have been different if he’d had his pinky pointed up. And his defense was similarly ham-handed:
“I am talking about a political process of drawing people in my campaign. … My campaign is about helping people take more responsibility,” Romney said.
“This is ultimately a question about the direction of the country. 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?”
Yes, because the moment Obama was elected the free enterprise system was magically transformed into government ownership of the means of production and people were forbidden by law to “pursue their dreams.” This is just drivel.