Can this guy Romney really be the best the Republicans can dredge up to run for the presidency against Obama in the fall? You have to be kidding me. Here's a guy who's so clueless he stands up in front of God and everybody and says, and I quote, "I'm not concerned about the very poor" because we have a safety net there to take care of them. And he continues, ". . . and I'm not concerned about the very rich. They are doing just fine." Yes, we know they are doing just fine. And the Republican party is just dying to make sure they keep on doing just fine, and maybe even finer.
We can pretty much assume that a guy like Mitt Romney, who was to the manor born, is not concerned about the poor. He's not concerned about poor middle class slobs either, although he's at great pains to tell us that the mass of Americans in the middle class are who he's worried about.
Let's set aside for the moment the utter crassness, the utter stupidity of a politician saying he is not concerned about poor people--I'm not even going to get into just how illustrative this is of the class of people Romney issues from. They are just not living in the same world as he rest of us. Hell, they don't ever lay eyes on poor people. May never have except in those third world countries where poor people (but not the poorest) serve them frosty cocktails on their expansive verandas overlooking the sea. No, let's look at the smugness and haughty statement that he's not worried about the very rich. They are doing just fine, he tells us. And in the next minute, he advocates policies that will only make them richer. And the other side of that coin is that he likewise favors policies that will decrease assistance to poor people. We're in Alice's Wonderland, people. This buffoon could end up being president. Not like that would be setting any precedents.
Update I: Paul Krugman's column on this incident is great. See it here.