Telling truth not always a good policy for candidates; Republicans in disarray…

September 22, 2012

When President Barack Obama was just a candidate some four years ago he made the same type of mistake Mitt Romney made — forgetting that in this internet/You Tube age there really is no such thing as privacy for public figures or at least you cannot count on it.

Obama told some wealthy elites that when some of the common folk are unnerved by hard times they cling to their guns and God. But he got away with it and the rest is history. We got our first black president.

But I think Mitt Romney may not be as lucky. He called almost half the American people, 47 percent, lazy and ignorant loafers and said he had written them off as potential voters from himself. Same type of setting. A gathering of the well to do that was supposed to be exclusive — ahhh but Mother Jones Magazine sneaked a video recorder in and got it all on tape and then later shared it on the worldwide web.

Personally I’ve pretty much written Romney off as taking the presidency.

Today’s polling seems to show it is still basically neck and neck with a slight advantage to the president. But from what I hear and read, Romney is done for and for the most part he has done himself in.

Obama got away with his remarks for many different reasons. One, there was an element of truth to them. For another, the vast majority of Americans are not gun toters and are not religious zealots (not meaning that people are not religious or do not believe in the Second Amendment). And, to those who do cling to religion and guns, maybe there was no offense taken (just stating fact) and they would not have voted for Obama anyway. But just like Romney, it was unwise for Obama to write anyone off.

I just read something that one pollster observed, that is the political elites think that the common people are too ignorant or ill-informed to know what is best for them. There probably is a lot of truth to that, but there is little to be gained from candidates proclaiming such.

A free and democratic (little d) society has its good points — freedom, empowerment — and its downside — the ignorant have a lot of power if they choose to use it. 

So, anyway, the Republican Party seems to be in disarray. There is a struggle between the Republican establishment (which is not all that dissimilar to the Democratic establishment) and the lower factions which heretofore it has been able to use (and abuse?) to win elections. The lower factions are rising.

Richard Nixon’s strategy of gathering up all the bigots to win elections and then ignoring them for the most part is beginning to backfire.


I should not have implied that the comments made by Romney and Obama were accurate. What I meant was what each man said had elements of truth. They just perhaps overstated for rhetorical effect.