Sunday’s Washington Post featured an article adapted from reporter Dan Balz’s new 2012 campaign book, Collision 2012, with an excerpt focused on Romney’s take on why he entered the race and why he lost.
Toward the end of the article, which was based on a series of interviews Balz conducted with Romney, he was confronted with his infamous “47 percent” remarks.
All that can be gained from this is that Romney still lives in a fantasy world in which everyone is stupid and he can reinvent reality into whatever he presently wishes it to be.
Romney first blamed his initial botched response to the video on a misconception of what was on the video:
As I understood it, and as they described it to me, not having heard it, it was saying, ‘Look, the Democrats have 47 percent, we’ve got 45 percent, my job is to get the people in the middle, and I’ve got to get the people in the middle,'” he said. “And I thought, ‘Well, that’s a reasonable thing.’… It’s not a topic I talk about in public, but there’s nothing wrong with it. They’ve got a bloc of voters, we’ve got a bloc of voters, I’ve got to get the ones in the middle. And I thought that that would be how it would be perceived—as a candidate talking about the process of focusing on the people in the middle who can either vote Republican or Democrat. As it turned out, down the road, it became perceived as being something very different.
What Romney failed to address was that the video was posted with an accompanying transcript, meaning anyone with a smart phone could have read his remarks about the 47 percent being those “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’s quite a bit more than the obvious observation about bloc voters that Romney tried to make it out to be.
After this, Romney claimed that the remarks had been taken out of context:
The president said he’s writing off 47 percent of Americans and so forth. And that wasn’t at all what was intended. That wasn’t what was meant by it. That is the way it was perceived.
What other context could there possibly be?
Balz tried to point this out: “But when you said there are 47 percent who won’t take personal responsibility—”
At which Romney interrupted:
Actually, I didn’t say that. That’s how it began to be perceived, and so I had to ultimately respond to the perception, because perception is reality.
Actually, Romney did say exactly that, telling his audience of donors in the infamous video that “My job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
Which is sadly ironic, given Romney’s own continued inability to take personal responsibility for himself.
The campaign is over. His incentives to keep flat out lying to America over and over are long gone, yet he continues to do so anyway.