By Rich Stockwell, Executive Producer
President Obama is leading Mitt Romney in every credible national public opinion poll. But the right must concoct a conspiracy (that the polls oversample Democrats) because it couldn't possibly be the following:
Mitt Romney ran as Mr. Fix It, not understanding that his form of vulture capitalism in which he outsourced and invested in companies in China, closed bankrupt factories while he made millions and sheltered the money in overseas banks.
It couldn't be that he ran one of the worst conventions that seemed to focus on everyone but him, offered no vision for the future, and tried to paper over their real positions on issues large and small.
It couldn't be that he attempted to use a foreign policy crisis to try and score political points, while at the same time indicting President Obama as a terrorist sympathizer, and then when it was pointed out that he conflated two different countries in a calculated way, rather than back off, he doubled down.
It couldn't be that in the first real setting where we finally see Mitt Romney comfortable, he trashed 47 percent of the country. Sure, he claims it was political analysis, but nobody is buying it. Kinda hard to run from, because not many political analysts characterize the middle class and poor this way:
"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."
"And so my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
He's admitted Obama hasn't raised taxes, you won't get much from him if you are in the middle class, you aren't allowed to see his taxes, you aren't allowed to see his tax plan, you aren't allowed to see what government programs he'll cut.
All this in just the last few weeks, from a guy who's been running for the presidency for six years and still can't seem to figure out why.
If I were in charge of defending that, I'd make up some conspiracy about polling too!!!!
Rich Stockwell is the Executive Producer of The Ed Show. You can follow him on Twitter at @richstockwell, although he's never tweeted anything, so don't hold your breath!