I actually feel bad for the man. Much like the replacement NFL referees, here is a man utterly and completely out of his league. It wasn’t that the videotaped comments were so much incorrect, as he staunchly stood by his statements; it’s that he is out of touch with both his constituents and the electorate as a whole.
Mitt Romney wants to be your king. Not your president…your king. Monarchy. That’s what he aspires too and that’s what he is suited for. Wealthy, entitled, privileged…all the earmarks of Monarchy.
The problem is Monarchy doesn’t flow too well with the Republican doctrine (think small government) and for those independents and third partiers whose votes may still be up for grabs. I’m pretty sure the statement that “my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives…” will not resonate with those folks. It’s demeaning and divisive. It’s a peek into the psyche of a man out of touch with the majority of the people in this country who live paycheck-to-paycheck.
That Romney so far has conducted a disastrous campaign on just about every level leads one to the logical assumption that if he can’t avoid a train wreck leading up to his presidency, that the actual presidency won’t fare much better.
And it’s a telling insight into the man himself. Yes, there are cold, dispassionate realities to every campaign and yes, there must be a calculated pandering to these realities. I just don’t see Bill Clinton or Barack Obama making this kind of off-the-cuff statement. I don’t believe it’s who those men are as human beings and leaders. And that is the kind of leader I want: imperfect for sure, but empathetic, ethical (within the political framework) and kind, compassionate human beings that actually feel pain.
Indeed, we do have a choice this election. I can’t imagine a clearer distinction.