the truth hurts

“But this isn’t some right-wing blogger. It’s the Republican candidate for President of the United States.” via Devastating | TPM Editors Blog.

Devastating. Shocking. Stunning. So many possible words for this, straight from Mr. Romney’s mouth:

“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. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.” Romney went on: “[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

Mostly though, it’s the first time Mr. Romney has told the truth about what he believes. As Conor Friedersdorf of The Atlantic notes, it reminds one of candidate Barack Obama, during one of his own fundraisers:

“You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them.

“And they fell through the Clinton administration and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are going to regenerate and they have not,” he went on. “And it’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

Obama’s comments came at the end of a lengthy answer in which he rejected the notion that voters were passing him over simply for racial reasons, saying instead that his campaign of hope and change was having difficulty in “places where people feel most cynical about government.”

But Mr. Romney’s comments are not like Obama’s above. Obama attempts to explain the cynicism some voters have about government.

Mr. Romney simply illustrates his own cynicism about government. He demonstrates his cynicism about voters. About people.

Not to mention his self-love. As Andrew Sullivan notes:

here is his formula for economic growth: just electing him will be enough:

“My own view is that if we win on November 6th, there will be a great deal of optimism about the future of this country. We’ll see capital come back and we’ll see — without actually doing anything — we’ll actually get a boost in the economy.”

My italics. Under Obama, the value of stocks in the Dow has doubled.

So much truth in one day. Enough for many.

o ye, of little faith

I’m married to a man of a different faith, religiously and politically. Religiously, we have no real differences, as our religions, while different, are rather compatible (I see that as a nice little gift from the universe).

Politically? My husband votes for the person who best reflects his own values: a fiscal conservative who wants government dollars to be fairly earned and effectively spent, and wants never to get into anybody’s personal business.

He doesn’t consume political blogs like they’re potato chips, like I do. (He doesn’t have the time.) He sees election year machinations as a lot silliness; he wants to see candidates debate issues, read details of plans, and get past all the rhetoric, posturing, and grandstanding that I dive right into, headfirst. (He doesn’t like drama.)

If I did what he did, I’d probably have fewer headaches.

I’d love it if he agreed with me on everything. But he simply doesn’t. And I love that, too. He challenges me to remove emotional response from my debating repertoire. He expects me to base whatever I say on objectively researched and documented fact. He’s an Independent, and he makes me a smarter Democrat.

Tonight, he said in passing, while looking at an image of Romney on the television screen: “I can’t figure that guy out. I don’t know what it is about him, but he doesn’t seem trustworthy.”

I wanted to hoot and holler and sing “Hallelujah!”

But I didn’t. I just pointed out his new Economist’s cover story: “So Mitt, what do you really believe?”

I have faith.

This is amazing…

This is amazing to me:

In spite of clichés about Nascar dads and Walmart moms, the actual share of voters nationally who are up for grabs is probably between just 3 percent and 5 percent in this election, polling experts say. The Obama and Romney campaigns are expected to spend on the order of $2 billion, in part to try to sway this tiny share of the electorate.

It’s reminiscent of the Coke/Pepsi war. They’re trying to get people who drink water for free to buy soda.