Mitt Romney — the richest CEO-turned-presidential candidate to ever proudly declare that he likes "being able to fire people" — is already back at work diligently filling the Obama team's bag with easily-manipulatable quotes for their upcoming avalanche of campaign ads…
"I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there," Romney told CNN. "If it needs repair, I'll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich, they’re doing just fine. I’m concerned about the very heart of the America, the 90 percent, 95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling."
"The challenge right now — we will hear from the Democrat party the plight of the poor," Romney responded, after repeating that he would fix any holes in the safety net. "And there’s no question it’s not good being poor and we have a safety net to help those that are very poor… My focus is on middle income Americans… we have a very ample safety net and we can talk about whether it needs to be strengthened or whether there are holes in it. but we have food stamps, we have Medicaid, we have housing vouchers, we have programs to help the poor.”
Okay, I think we all know what he's trying to say. But, come on! You just can't say stereotype-baiting shit like that when you're the third richest person ever to run for president. It's like being the governor of New Jersey and telling a female heckler to suck your dick. Or being a vehemently anti-gay candidate and proclaiming that your husband spent the day shopping for doggie sunglasses. It's just simply not done.
Look, I can understand how a guy in Romney's position might find himself lulled into a false sense of security considering the crowd in which he's competing. But one day, many years from now, this Republican primary is going to end, and he's going to find himself campaigning against a person who is not a delusional megalomaniacal halfwit. And when that happens, he kind of has to start thinking about the words that come out of his mouth.
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