W. Mittens “Mitt” Romney, known forever after as the Money Badger, is a fuckstain on the fabric of America.
But you probably knew that already, even before the not-at-all shocking revelation of exactly how Romney feels about the millions and millions of Americans who are not inclined to vote for him.
There are TeeVee characters whose ease with breathtaking insults is legendary. Basil Fawlty, David Brent, and Malcom Tucker come to mind, and it’s no coincidence that all of them are creations of the British Broadcasting Corporation. Howevah, when it comes to actual, non-corporate people there may be none more well versed in the art of verbal savagery than Mitt Romney.
As we can see in the map above, a large contingent of the taxpayers who do not earn enough money to accrue a federal income tax liability actually live the Mittens-friendly deep south. By shitting on people who take advantage of public benefits created by Republican and Democratic congresses and presidents alike, Romneybot is largely castigating his own voters.
I swear, only Mittens Romney could intend to disparage half of the population and yet somehow inadvertently abuse the other half instead.
Characterizing his statements as “inelegant” and doubling down on the underlying message, the Romney campaign is putting forth only the most recent data point in a sample that suggests his challenge to the Kenyan Prime Minister Barry HUSSEIN Obama is about to implode.
By far the best takedown (besides our own, duh) of Lord Touch-of-Gray®’s newest foibles came from the Onion, under the headline “Romney Apologizes To Nation’s 150 Million ‘Starving, Filthy Beggars’“. Some highlights:
The Romney campaign reportedly scrambled into damage-control mode after the video leaked Monday, issuing a statement late last night stating that the intended target of Romney’s remarks was ingrained big-government largesse, not the “hordes of uneducated, loathsome scum who unfortunately populate this country.”
“Let me make this absolutely clear: I have the utmost respect for all of the filth-encrusted, lesion-covered degenerates of this nation.”
That’s pretty good.
Having a collective laugh with your collectivist friends is fun and all, but it really is worth checking out what the right-leaning intelligentsia has to say about all of this. It’s telling, and none of it bodes well for Mittens.
The most interesting reactions on the right came from three of the new order of (relatively) young conservative commentators. Firstly, Bloomberg’s very impressive Ramesh Ponnuru laid waste to the boogeyman story told to every eager young Reaganite about the tendency of plebeians to vote themselves public benefits until they run out of other people’s money. In a ‘Merica where the old people simultaneously enjoy New Deal benefits and (generally) vote Republican, this just doesn’t hold up.
Then, the National Review Online’s Reihan Salam debunked the “47% of people pay no income taxes” trope that spawned the preposterous “We are the 53%” Tumblr meme earlier in the election cycle as a misinterpretation of recent tax research. 46% of tax units, i.e. individuals or married couples filing jointly, had no income tax liability. Tax units are not a proxy for either individuals or households so, surprise surprise, Mitt Romney has been talking out of both sides of his ass on this issue.
Mr. Salam also reminds his handful of thoughtful conservative readers that Republicans have in the past championed the Earned Income Tax Credit and other tax measures that support the massive investment parents make in their children’s human capital.
Ross Douthat of the librul New York Times usually drives me nuts, but his criticism of the R-Money campaign has been pretty spot-on. Yesterday, he synthesized the arguments of Messrs. Salam and Ponnuru and harked back to the good old days of George W. Bush’s 2000 campaign, which in retrospect was a masterful, disciplined, issue-based effort when compared to the disjointed and increasingly pathetic Romney enterprise.
Will being compared unfavorably to a war criminal be the final straw before we see an outburst from ANGRY MITTENZ?
I sure hope so.