Republicans caved and nominated a guy who by their own declarations is not what they wanted; this of course after not supporting the candidates that were what they claimed they wanted: Bachmann, Perry, Santorum.
So to see Mitt Romney begin his general campaign by speaking to America as though he’s some political savior accepting the call is laughable. His own party didn’t really want him, the majority of Americans aren’t warming up to him if they like him at all, and yet that sanctimonious Republican persona has already taken hold.
Consider this from his “victory” speech Tuesday, the full text of which can be found at the Wall Street Journal (where else?):
“For every single mom who feels heartbroken when she has to explain to her kids that she needs to take a second job … for grandparents who can’t afford the gas to visit their grandchildren … for the mom and dad who never thought they’d be on food stamps … for the small business owner desperately cutting back just to keep the doors open one more month – to all of the thousands of good and decent Americans I’ve met who want nothing more than a better chance, a fighting chance, to all of you, I have a simple message: Hold on a little longer. A better America begins tonight.”
For all of you Grandparents out there, gas will be the least of your worries when you’re spending every dime you have on attempting to stay alive and keep a roof over your head after Republican budget cuts that target seniors.
As for the feigned concern for food stamp recipients, anyone who reads or watches the news has seen more than enough GOP bashing of that voting block over the last few years; from calling recipients “wild animals” to requiring they take drug tests, which Mitt Romney thinks is “an excellent idea” the GOP has gone out of their way to create animosity among their base toward those who need public assistance.
As for the poor small business owners on the verge of shutting their doors there’s only one word – bullshit. First of all, small business owners themselves in numerous surveys have debunked the government regulation/overtaxed myths put forward by Republicans. Many would tell you it has been the decrease in consumer demand that has slowed hiring and growth; but then those are the real small business owners.
As we’ve pointed out here on ATD, the “small businesses” that Republicans are referring to in legislation are the large to massive corporations who use loopholes to get small business tax breaks; they are the businesses with owners more in line with Ann and Mitt than Mom and Pop.
So while die-hard Republican voters may hang on every word you say Mr. Romney, you can get down off of your high dressage style horse – because you’re in for a rude awakening.