Saturday, December 1, 2012
Mr. 47% Fails to Go to Washington
It was that secret video, what finally done it.
There are no end of plausible explanations as to why Mitt Romney was so soundly trounced by Barrack Obama. Some say Romney lost because of demographics (by which they mean his alienating of minorities, women and the young), others say the whole campaign was blinded by their own self-serving media (a.k.a. 'epistemic closure'), some say Romney conned his big donors others claim it was Romney who was conned by his own consultants. The validity of many of those points underscores how it was not one single factor that sunk Romney.
But the power of that video must be accounted for.
While millions of ballots are, scandalously, still uncounted, Romney's total percentage of the popular vote is plummeting towards the 47% figure he so cruelly delineated in that private speech to his big donors. It will be a fitting finally tally in light of what was the key moment of the 2012 campaign; Romney laying bare the depth of his hatred for the very people he was seeking to lead. That tape revels so many of the losing facets of that campaign; the mass conning, the minority-bashing, the vulnerable-demonizing, the reality-defying and, of course, the vaulting hubris of Willard Romney.
That speech was the firewall. No matter the millions he spent on false advertising, no matter the roadblocks to voting his allies threw up, no matter the bait-and-switch trick he tried at the first debate, Romney could not make people forget how nakedly he had extolled class warfare. Once he'd revealed the truth to the American people, they knew he was not fit to serve and they were not going to let anything stop them from voting their interests.
When those results came in that showed districts with next-to-no Romney votes, unskewed Republicans cried 'fraud', and I just thought 'the 47% strike back!' I like to think a piece of that secret video was playing in the mind of tens of millions of voters when they stepped in the voting booth to sweep Mitt into the dustbin of history.