A reader writes:
If I could vote in the US presidential election (I'm Canadian), I'd totally be in the bag for Obama, but I've got to say, all this faux outrage over the Romney tape reminds me of the faux outrage over Obama's "guns and religion" tape from last cycle. To make the leap from Romney's words to saying he doesn't care about half the country is a bit much. It seemed very obvious to me that he was talking about his campaign's advertising focus and not about ignoring those people's needs should he be elected. Saying "My job is not to worry about those people" can mean either of the following:
"My job is not to worry about those people after I'm elected" or
"My job is not to worry about those people when designing our election ads"
In the context I saw in the video, it seemed obvious to me that he was saying the latter, not the former. I also can't help but think all the huffing and puffing and attempts to make Romney look like he was saying otherwise a bit strained and diminishes from all the totally legitimate complaints you could make against him.
I think that's fair enough so far as it goes. That bit, while blunt, was inoffensive to me. The offense was calling 47 percent of Americans moochers, and saying that Obama's voters were simply voting for more money from the makers. And this horrible, callous, contemptuous, Randian sentence:
"[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
He did not say: "I'll never convince them they should vote for me." He accused 47 percent of Americans of choosing not to "take personal responsibility and care for their lives." He's describing half the country as parasites, bleeding the productive half dry. Half the country. He includes me, an Obama supporter, who pays three times the tax on my income that Romney does, who immigrated at 21, whose parents never went to college, and whose blog now employs six other people.
You know what, Mitt? Fuck you.