The Candid 47%

Recently, I was caught in a conversation rehashing the infamous “47 percent” comment by Gov. Mitt Romney. Something had been nagging me about the whole brouhaha.

It is a reality of the political process that candidates may “let their hair” down when talking with supporters and are likely to state things poorly. So we should have thick skins when we are given a peek into that realm.

In the case of the 47 percent comment, all Romney was stating is that there is a good portion of the electorate that is not going to vote for him so he has to focus elsewhere. And that, since there was 47 percent that doesn’t pay income taxes, that percentage wouldn’t vote for him. It’s a simple truth, right?

The problem is that the 47 percent, as already reported, has a lot of retirees and veterans and many of these are going to vote for Romney.

I believe the Romney team is bright and competent and therefore knows that the 47 percent is split among both President Barack Obama and Romney and that most of the Obama voters do pay taxes. So, the reality gnawing at me is that Romney chose to deceive his own supporters. I wonder why he chose to paint his and Obama’s supporters inaccurately?

A Madman has spoken…

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