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Tone Deaf Mitt Romney Lacks The Common Touch

As is the case with many politicians,  Mitt Romney’s greatest  strength is also his biggest weakness. His experience as a corporate executive  should make him a good presidential candidate in a year when the economy is  bad. However, while the former liberal and former governor of  Massachusetts can speak fluently about the economic big picture he is completely tone deaf when he tries to relate to the middle class families  who are hurting so badly.

Romney can’t even relate to the average race fan. Yesterday, at the Daytona 500 track, a reporter asked him if he followed NASCAR. Romney said he didn’t follow the sport “as closely as some ardent fans, but I have some friends who are NASCAR team owners.” That’s Romney’s problem in a nutshell. He knows the owners of most corporations but doesn’t know any of the employees.

Friday, speaking in Detroit, which is the poorest city  in  America, Romney told voters that his wife “drives a couple of Cadillacs,   actually.”  Romney could promise to put  two Cadillacs in every garage  but it wouldn’t have the same ring as Herbert  Hoover pledging to put  a single chicken in every pot.

Last June, Romney told voters, “I’m also unemployed.” It’s  easier  for Romney to be unemployed than other people since he has stashed   millions of dollars in bank accounts in Switzerland and the Cayman  Islands. If he  keeps talking like that he’ll still be unemployed next  year.

Last August he told an Iowan, “Corporations are people,  my  friend.” If corporations are people, why isn’t the investment firm   Goldman Sachs doing a long stretch in a federal pen for defrauding  thousands of  investors?

Instead of sympathy from the former Bain capitalist,  voters get a 59  point economic plan and power point presentations. Then,  of course, he  asked Texas Gov. Rick Perry to agree to a casual $10,000 bet. I could go on  and  on, but I don’t have the space here to chronicle every misstep  Romney has made when he tries to relate to working families.

Romney’s platform betrays his background as much as his  personality.

Mitt supported the Wall Street bailout for bankers and  billionaires  but opposed the GM bailout that saved the jobs of thousands of  auto  workers.

Mitt supports the Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget which decreases federal   spending for financial assistance for seniors who can’t afford to heat  their  homes but preserves the federal freebies to big oil to the tune  of $4 billion a  year.

Romney, like many other prominent politicians, is of the manor  born.  But Mitt, unlike the others, never developed the common touch. Franklin  Delano Roosevelt came  from the same privileged background as Romney,  but he could talk to an assembly  line worker or a farmer without  sounding patronizing. When Bill Clinton told  Americans in 1992 that “I  feel your pain,” he meant it because he had felt the  pain as a boy  growing up in a poor town in Arkansas. In contrast Clinton’s opponent, the patrician president George H. W. Bush didn’t even know what a super market scanner was.

You can take Mitt out of the manor but you can’t take the  manor out of Mitt.


By: Brad Bannon, U. S. News and World Report, February 27, 2012

February 28, 2012 - Posted by | Election 2012 | , , , , , , , ,

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