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Romney’s Gaffe

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 18, 2012

This week a video was released on the Internet showing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney making a political gaffe.  In it Romney claimed that the 47% of Americans who do not pay income tax are not only dependent on the government, but look to continue being so.  While some Americans unfortunately fit this narrative, certainly it is not the number Romney referred to.

Reactions from the Left and mainstream media to Romney’s miscue were over the top, but to be expected.  That is the modus operandi for the press whenever a Republican makes a misstatement.  Errors of similar magnitude have been made by Barack Obama before and since his election that have been ignored by the same folks. For example, when Obama stated he traveled all 57 states, it was but a misstatement.  When Biden accused Republicans of wanting to placement minorities back in shackles, the media said we had to understand the full context.  No such slack is offered to Mitt Romney.

Irrespective of double standard, Republican politicians must function adequately in the political climate that exists.  While not yet catastrophic, Romney has shown weakness in this area.  Should his miscues lead to an Obama second term, the cartoon below could become quote appropriate.

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