Romney sinks himself
Article added on September 19, 2012 at 20:09 Italian time
Mitt Romney, ever a public relations genius, has
added another nail in his electoral coffin. An
with his cell phone
the speech the Republican presidential candidate gave
to a group of rich fundraisers in Boca Raton, Florida.
The speech has already been commented a gazillion times. It gave Obama's fan
club on the MSNBC show The last word with Lawrence O'Donnell more
than just one point of attack (some of them of course as unfair as ever,
some more to the point). President Obama wasted no time. He appeared on
CBS's The Late Show with David Letterman to tell the audience
statesmanlike that, unlike Romney, who had said in his speech that 47% of
the voters don't matter to him because he can't win them over anyway, he,
Obama, had said on election day that he would work as hard as he could to be
the president of the 47% of Americans who had voted for John McCain too.
Under applause, Obama said:
“If you want to be president,
you have to work for everybody, not just for some.” According to the
president, “you don't meet anybody who does not belief in the American dream
and the fact that nobody is entitled to success, that you got to work hard.”
In response to Romney's speech, Obama stated that “there are not a lot of
people out there who think
that they are victims or ... that they are entitled to
In fairness to Romney, it is obvious that he would also try to be the
president of all Americans. But words matter in a campaign. There are no
secret speeches to inner circles. Pretty much everything will be leaked one
day or another. A presidential candidate has to look presidential at all
Mitt Romney committed a series of blunders. His grasp of foreign policy
seems to be very limited, as was Barack Obama's, before he became president.
Romney's command of speech was hilariously limited. His presidential project
seems to be very sketchy. To insult roughly half of the American voters is
not a wise campaign strategy.
The bottom line remains that Mitt Romney is the better candidate than
President Obama when it comes to the understanding of the overall economy in
general and the financial sector in particular.
Obama's economic numbers remain weak.
The state of the United States finances, growth and job numbers will matter
on election. But in a close election, they won't be the only deciding
factor. The Romney campaign has to get its act together or the world will
have to live another four years with the Messiah as the leader of the
planet's only superpower.
Mitt Romney is right that the United States under Obama go further down the
road to ever more entitlements, to an always bigger state-controlled sector
of the economy, to ever more redistribution of wealth and to ever more
public debt. But if you give a speech as the presidential contender, you
have to fully understand the subjects you are talking about, you have to
give correct facts and figures, and you should look presidential (ask for
that last part a certain John McCain).
Unless a last minute world crisis overshadows the election, together with
the economic numbers, although not quite as important, the debates between
Obama and Romney will decide the presidential race. With the level of
rhetoric skills displayed at the Florida fundraiser, the Republican
candidate has no chance against the smart man in the White House.
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