It makes perfect sense, really.
I get why President Obama’s campaign spokespeople say they are “shocked” by Mitt Romney’s assertion that 47% of the electorate see themselves as victims, want handouts and think they are entitled to government money. I understand why liberals find the comments, made at a secretly filmed, closed-door meeting with big-money donors, offensive. And it’s very clear why the media is seizing on Romney’s words as … cue scary music… the “end of his campaign.”
But the truth is, Romney stole an Obama tactic — labeling Democratic voters victims — right out from under him.
I’ll leave it to the myriad others who have rightly pointed out the inaccuracies in Romney’s tax figures, and also to those who have provided their analyses of what exactly makes the 47% the 47%. No, it’s not nearly as simple as Romney suggested.
But the substance of what he was trying to get across — which has his detractors more offended than his math or his “inelegance” — is, in my mind, the least controversial aspect of this brouhaha.
Look a little deeper and you’ll discover that Romney has ripped a page right out of Obama’s playbook.
At a million-dollar fund-raiser in San Francisco Obama held in 2011, he told donors what he’s told voters in some way or another on the stump for a year: that unless he is reelected, “we’re going to have a government that tells the American people, ‘you are on your own.’ If you get sick, you’re on your own. If you can’t afford college, you’re on your own. If you don’t like that some corporation is polluting your air or the air that your child breathes, then you’re on your own.”
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