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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Editorial: Romney can't get elected now, can he?

  • Or, will enough of the under-achieving 47% take a long, hard look in the mirror and agree with him?
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  • Oh, the tried-and-true sayings that come so easily after Mitt Romney’s recorded remarks in which he said that he essentially can’t be concerned with almost half of the population that doesn’t pay income taxes, is entirely dependent on the government, and, therefore, expects the government to provide them food, housing, healthcare and, “you name it.”
        Is it the straw the broke the camel’s back? Is it the final nail in the coffin? Is the fat lady getting ready to belt out a tune?
        After months and months of continually lowering the bar as he sought to and then became the Republican Party’s nominee for president – by making one blunder after another on trips abroad as he tried to prove he knew something about foreign policy, or by refusing to provide any specifics on how he’d plan to do anything if he won the White House, or by, when he did provide a specific glimpse into his policies, disseminating skewed information – when Romney made his remarks about the “47 percent,” he essentially held up a huge sign to anyone still possessing a pulse who still somehow hadn’t gotten the message, which read: Don’t vote for me to be your next president!
        He can’t win now, can he? If any voter that somehow fits Romney’s twisted “47 percent” demographic – like our oodles of elderly people, for example, who no longer pay income tax – casts a ballot for Romney, that voter’s only logical reasoning would have to be some kind of admittance of guilt: “Yes, unfortunately, Mitt’s right. I’m a lazy, selfish parasite who expects the government to do everything for me, and the only way I can get rid of my entitlement-addled addiction to government handouts and take, as Mitt says, ‘personal responsibility’ for my life is to vote for Mitt Romney to be my next president, because he doesn’t care a lick about me. He’s not even concerned with me. Well, he is, but his concern lies only in ending the government programs that I’ve come to expect, rely on and downright demand to be there for me...programs that Americans who work a lot harder than I do pay for that put a roof over my head, food on my table, and keep doctors and nurses on standby to provide me dirt-cheap healthcare whenever I get the sniffles.”
        Sure, such a characterization of a voting member of the “47 percent” is a bit over the top, but people are capable of saying some amazing things when they assume the whole world isn’t listening.
    Page 2 of 2 -     Romney isn’t counting on a single vote from the “47 percent.” They’ll vote for President Obama no matter what, he said. And, apparently, Romney’s counting on getting pretty much every single vote from the ultra-powerful “1 percent,” the demographic in which he is securely tucked, as well as a big majority of the votes from the middle class...you know, households making around $250,000 a year, according to the ever-so-slightly inaccurate Republican view of the world.
        Is this election that simple? If you’re rich, vote for Romney, and if you’re not, vote for Obama? How can Romney win if it’s broken down so simply? He can’t, can he? His remarks on the “47 percent” could and should lose him the election. If the outcome in November is any different, then our nation is in bigger trouble than we think.

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