Co-written by Kimberley Irvin and Julie Driscoll.
Hate is such a strong word. I’m searching for one even stronger. Hating Sarah Palin – well, that was light sport compared with the feeling of utter revulsion I feel for Mitt Romney. And Paul Ryan. And Romney’s wife Ann. But one article is too small a space to cover everybody, so . . . yeah, Mitt, you’re up. The smirk – the self-satisfied Cheshire cat smile – that he wore as he left the stage immediately after he nakedly pandered to a sociopathic base by making false statements about the President on the Libya crisis, this smirk after hearing that Americans had been killed, should tell voters all they need to know about this very bad, amoral, conscienceless man.
Romney talks a good game, telling uninformed voters that he’ll take care of everybody, he’ll make sure the “middle income” is protected (which most of us consider the middle class, $50K a year or thereabouts, but in Romney’s world are those making between $200-$250,000). He tells us, smirking, that of course he has no intention of gutting Medicare (he’ll let Ryan do that), that he really has no plan to give tax breaks to millionaires, it’s just a vicious rumor started by libs – and of course, he wouldn’t dream of sending American jobs to China. He tells us that he even buys his shirts at Costco. He’ll give us no specifics, he’ll offer no facts, he’ll withhold information we’re entitled to in order to cast an intelligent vote, he’ll giggle and grin and spew empty platitudes. He will say anything, at any time, to appease the audience of the moment.
Just last night on our blogtalkradio show, the Mad Women of Politics Anonymous, my political partner, Kimberley Irvin, and I discussed whether Romney’s Mormonism is proof positive that he’s a racist; and we more or less concluded that the jury is still out. Jury’s not out any any more. Jury’s back, he’s guilty as charged, and a life of hard time breaking rocks is too good for him.
Caught on tape talking to his little secret cabal of like-minded rich folks, Romney made it clear he’s driving a race-based campaign, appealing to the white voter who wants President Obama out, at all costs.
Kim, usually calm, cool and collected, was livid: “I am so pissed off that I cannot even think. Those secret tapes did it. If they cannot see that this is a game for him . . . just another position of power then they deserved to be FUCKED. He will do anything to keep those corporate backers until he gets elected and then he will screw them too. Romney is out for Romney . . . period. He has no foreign policy knowledge, no compassion . . . he is an android.”
Here’s what Romney said:
“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what . . . .”
“Our message of low taxes doesn’t connect . . . so my job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to do is convince the five to 10 percent in the center that are independents, that are thoughtful . . . .”
“Those people” . . . such scorn in one phrase, as much scorn as his wife had when she said, “You people.” But the sickening feeling I had when I heard this statement was no match for Kim’s rage: ”Romney has no clue what it is like to struggle to make ends meet, he is not only insulting those on assistance . . . he is insulting those that go to a job everyday only to be broke, busted and disgusted the day after they get paid.”
There is, of course, another thing: It’s Romney’s base, not Obama’s base, that more and more is becoming “dependent on the government.” There are more white people collecting government assistance than minorities, and it’s even more pronounced in red states – the states that Romney is hoping to persuade with his racist dog whistle.
As Kim wrote, “IF he gets elected, kills most programs that assist those that need help . . . what the fuck is everyone going to do then? How does he think that his will help the economy . . . that any of these cuts will create jobs? Half of the country will lose everything over the next 4 years if he gets elected. He too will end up being a one term President but by then it will be too fucking late . . . for EVERYONE . . . Those people . . . those little people that he has to stop from voting to get into office.”
“Yeah, time to wake the fuck up America.”