“.. I mention my dad. My ad was born in Mexico of American parents living there. … ..they came back to the United States and my dad had to get help, financial help, the government helped his family to be able to get on their feet again. By the way, that’s the way America works. We have big hearts. We care for people who have needs. We help get ‘em back. We help lift ‘em up. But then we don’t make that a permanent life style. We don’t have that become government dependence. We help people. We get them on their feet….” – Mitt Romney
IT’S HARD TO imagine it, but in something of a rare sighting, Mitt Romney having a big public event in a swing state, he actually delivered a barn burner monologue that had the audience on their feet. It comes as a Pew Poll reveals President Obama is winning the race and doing so handily.
Consequently, Obama’s overall advantage – he leads 51% to 42% among registered voters – does not narrow significantly when looking only at those most likely to vote. Among 2,192 likely voters, Obama leads Romney, 51% to 43%.
Shown on Rachel Maddow tonight, not only was the brief clip remarkable, but the delivery was spectacular, especially for Mitt Romney. He was animated, fluid and delivering the above quote with real feeling and connection.
Who is this guy and what did they do with the real Mitt Romney?
“My campaign is about the 100 percent of America,” Romney was quoted as repeating several times, according to Jonathan Martin.
It’s a long way from the Mother Jones tape moment, “My job is not to worry about those people… I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
In fact, it was a 180 degree repudiation of what he said on tape.
“I know I’m not going to get 100 percent of the vote, And my campaign will focus on those people we think we can bring in to support me,” he said. “But this is a campaign about helping people who need help, and right now the people who are poor in this country need help getting out of poverty, the people in the middle-class need help because their incomes have gone down every year for the last four years.” [Politico]
Did someone slip a caffeine tablet into Mitt’s Diet Coke?
Or maybe Republicans running for the Senate and House started raising holy hell about the man at the top of the ticket dragging them all down.
Or maybe the avalanche of polling showing their candidate and the campaign crashing and burning finally lit a fuse. Romney better hope it’s a long one.