My mother always told me, "It's not just what you say, but the way you say it."
Mitt Romney should have heeded my mom's advice for the video that showed Romney at a fundraiser spouting about 47 percent of Americans being dependent on the government and how that group wouldn't vote for him. Well, Mitt was guilty of both what and the way he said it.
So you think a man running for president would defend his remarks and explain them, right? Wrong. Instead, Mitt Romney and his camp referenced a 14-year-old video of the president talking about wealth redistribution. The GOP and the Romney campaign must have had the wind knocked out of them when the fundraiser video was released. They knew it was damaging and there was no way around it. The video is clear, and the words are clearly coming out of their candidate's mouth.
When I first heard about Romney's response, I had to laugh. It reminded me of the "no, your mother wears army boots" mentality—childish. And it was not only a diversionary tactic, trying to pull focus from another of Mitt's "open-mouth, insert-foot" moments, but it also showed true desperation.
How desperate to have to look back to a video that is 14 years old?! And a video when the president was a state legislator, specifically speaking about local, city government. And it begs the question: How is this different than what the president has been saying all along?
President Barack Obama—whether as a state legislator, a national senator, running for president, as president, or a man running for re-election for a second term—has been saying the same thing: Everyone should pay their fair share. Isn't that redistributing the wealth? And why is it OK to redistribute wealth so that middle- and lower-income tax payers provide credits to the rich with the Bush tax cuts? Hmm?
I have always felt that this November the election would be close, that this would be a nail biter. And even though the fat lady hasn't sung yet and we have three debates coming up, I'm feeling more confident than ever after Romney's latest diversionary move.
The latest polls show the president leading Mitt Romney by 8 percent, up from neck and neck before the Democratic convention—a bump which the Romney camp referred to as a sugar high. Three out of four Americans find they can't connect to Mitt Romney. And even with our economy the way it is, unemployment still high and most Americans feeling that they're worse off now than they were four years ago, it is Romney, not the president, who is trailing in the polls, even in the swing states. I guess we Democrats really like our sugar!
The fact is, Mitt Romney is going to lose. He knows it, his campaign knows it, the GOP knows it. This latest attempt at throwing the spotlight over President Obama's way rather than standing up and facing the music with his own foot-in-mouth moment further shows the desperation of not only the party, but of this candidate.
Although I know things could turn for the worse for the president, I feel confident enough now after all the nail biting these past few weeks to get a manicure. I think I'll choose the color "Sugar."
- Read the U.S. News Debate: Did the '47 Percent' Video Sink Romney's Campaign?
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