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Mitt Romney Crawls Back To The Spotlight

Posted on the 03 March 2013 by Polliticstoday @polliticstoday

It’s hard to believe that there was a time that Mitt Romney was on our television sets every night of the week.  Whether it was a campaign commercial or him appealing to the masses, the spotlight has grown weary of Mr. Romney and for a while he appeared to know it.

The last time we saw Mitt Romney, he was pumping gas, riding the Matterhorn or watching Twilight.  For once, I felt a bit of sympathy for the man because he can do whatever he pleases and he isn’t harming anyone.  Then I realized he was Mitt Romney after all, and my sympathy evaporated much like any original idea he ever had.

But with the announcement of him speaking at CPAC and him conducting his first post-election interview (remember it’s March now) with Fox News, Mitt Romney has reunited with the spotlight even if it’s for a brief moment.

“Highlights” of Mitt Romney’s interview include a bevy of topics such as:

That 47% video

It’s not what I meant.  I didn’t express myself as I wished I would have. You know, when you speak in private, uh, you don’t spend as much time thinking about how something could be twisted and distorted and — and it could come out wrong and be used.

Hurricane Sandy & Chris Christie

I’m not going to worry about how Chris was doing what he thought was best for the people of his state, I lost my election because of my campaign, not because of what anyone else did.

On not being elected President

I don’t see that kind of leadership right now, it kills me not to be in there, not to be in the White House” to provide that direction.

On the minority vote

ROMNEY: We did very well with the majority population, but not with minority populations, and that was a failing, that was a real mistake.

CHRIS WALLACE: Why do you think that was?

ROMNEY: Well, I think the Obamacare attractiveness and feature was something we underestimated, particularly among lower incomes. And, uh, just didn’t do as good a job in connecting with that audience as we should have.

Now, I know a lot of the talk about this interview will be mostly those saying that Mitt Romney is still having sour grapes over losing the Presidency.  Well, I for one, can’t blame him seeing how he had been basically running for President since 2006.  It has to hurt to lose something that you clearly (no matter what Tagg says) lusted for.  No one should fault Romney for that.

But people should fault Governor Romney for his lack of self-reflection and his constant blaming other people.  No, he didn’t blame Chris Christie for his loss but he really should’ve blamed himself moreso.  He should’ve known how “Obamacare” was going to be seen amongst people with lower incomes considering his Massachusetts plan was the forerunner to the Affordable Care Act!  If anyone should know the ramifications of the potential of affordable health care through political legislation, it should be Mitt Romney.

But no, the continued disconnect between Mitt Romney and the rest of the world is just as clear as it was in the run-up to the November 2012 elections.

To his credit, Romney appears to express some remorse over his “47%” comments.  Yet while he backtracks on it, he then tries to say that it was “private” and “distorted”.  What distortion could possibly have occurred when you almost point-blank say that 47% are essentially lazy?  Here’s Romney’s exact quote:

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 the 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. … My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.

Could someone point me in the direction to where I could find distortion in those comments?  Mitt Romney, presidential candidate, stated that 47% of the American public will only rely on government and never be self-reliant.  Let that sink in again one more time.

Mitt Romney is crawling back into the spotlight because he has nothing else to do.  What jobs does he have?  He’s nowhere near entertaining or charismatic enough to have a future in punditry.  The only boon he could be to the Republican Party is strictly as a fundraiser.  No more, no less.

However, Mitt Romney believes in business.  He believes in selling himself as a product not as a person, which is probably one of the more legitimate gripes detractors had over his campaign.  He’s a successful man who just really wants to be liked but at the same time, wants none of the blame himself.

In fact you could say he’s reliant on everyone else, not himself, when it comes to his lack of successes.

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