Mitt Romney's the 'Angry' One, Not Obama

Mitt Romney is talking but the GOP is pulling the strings to his mouth.

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For months Mitt Romney has been a flip-flopping, all-over-the-map kind of guy, telling everyone who will listen whatever they want to get their vote. He was prochoice, now prolife. He imposed a healthcare mandate, now he thinks it's unconstitutional. He wants transparency, except where his tax returns are concerned. He claims jobs creation, with no facts to back it up.

Speaking on the steps of a courthouse on his final stop of a four day bus tour, Romney is sounding more like the Republicans who are now pulling his strings. He was harsh in his criticism of the president, specifically about his campaign tactics. He accused President Barack Obama of "diversions and distractions" and "defaming others" in order to win re-election this November.

Obviously Romney has forgotten who his buddies are, and who are pulling his strings: the Republicans who are bending over for the Tea Party and Grover Norquist and for their rich financial campaign backers. 

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Has Romney forgotten the "diversions and distractions" of those who were questioning the president's citizenship and place of birth long after he was elected? Has Romney forgotten the "defaming others" like what was done when House Speaker John Boehner said the president hadn't worked a day in his life?!

Romney also accused the president of being "intellectually exhausted, out of ideas, and out of energy." Hmm... Does Mitt Romney have any ideas? Of his own? Are there specifics? And is saying the president is "out of ideas" a "fresh idea" as Romney says the Obama campaign cannot offer?

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I must say I was most shocked, although not surprised, by Romney's accusation of the president "dividing us all in groups." Isn't wanting a baby born here of an undocumented immigrant not receiving citizenship divisive? Isn't not wanting healthcare for the poor divisive? Isn't wanting to cut programs that benefit middle- and lower-income women and families divisive? Hmm...sounds like Romney and his camp to me more than Obama. And with the addition of Rep. Paul Ryan as Romney's vice presidential candidate, the race has become more polarized, more—dare I say—divisive?

"He demonizes some. He panders to others. His campaign strategy is to smash America apart and then cobble together 51 percent of the pieces. If an American president wins that way, we all lose," Romney said. "So, Mr. President, take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago, and let us get about rebuilding and reuniting America." Those were Mitt Romney's words. Funny, I don't remember that campaign ad slogan to smash America, etc. 

Bottom line—it's obvious in his rhetoric that the one who is angry is Romney. It is obvious by the rhetoric that Romney no longer speaks for himself but rather for the GOP—for they're the ones writing his speeches.

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