Tuesday, September 18, 2012

the real willard romney

david brooks' commenting on the 47% video:
as a description of America today, Romney’s comment is a country-club fantasy. It’s what self-satisfied millionaires say to each other.
i've seen people talk about how this secretly recorded video reveals what romney really thinks. as we all know, mittens keeps changing his positions so what he really believes has been an ongoing mystery of the campaign. he just seems to say whatever he thinks his audience wants to hear. sure, all politicians do that to some extent, but because romney is willing to change his position so easily, he really seems to cater to the audience more than most.

which brings me to the above quote. as brooks points out, the 47% remark is just the kind of bargain basement ayn randism one would expect millionaires would want to hear. so aren't people viewing this as just another pander? why do so many people think this time we are seeing the true romney? the only reasons i can think of is because romney himself is a really rich guy like the people he was speaking to. but we knew that before the video came out and his wealth doesn't necessarily mean his is one of those makers vs. takers people. does the fact that he is talking to other rich people when begging for campaign cash mean that his pander instinct would turn off?

don't get me wrong, i'm happy that romney has once again shot himself in the foot. this is entertaining to watch. but i still think the real views of mitt romney are pretty unclear. i don't take the remarks in the video as being any more honest than anything else he has ever said before. he was just playing to a different crowd than he does when he is in public.