Friday, July 20, 2012

You People?

Seriously, Mitt Romney could be the most brilliant guy on the planet, the only guy who is capable of making things get better in this country to return us to our thriving, economic superpower roots, but we're never going to know about it because of the idiotic things that people on his campaign (mostly including himself) say when they're asked questions about him and the things that he's doing or not doing.  This time it's his wife, the lovely Ann Romney, who has managed to say something that I find just unthinkable. 

Here's the thing:  Mitt has been holding back on releasing any of his past tax records.  But the other day, he finally came through!  That's right!  He released ONE years worth of his taxes.  One.  And he says that he doesn't intend on releasing any more.  Yeah, that's not going over well with everyone.  Not just Democrats.  Republicans are face palming over his perceived indignation on the issue.  And those are reasonable reactions from both sides.  So what you're going to want to do if you're in the Mittster's camp is to try to diffuse the hostilities coming at you from all angles.  How you're not going to want to do this is use the phrase "you people". 

That's right.  Whilst Ann Romney was on Good Morning America with the delightful Robin Roberts, the subject of Mitt's tax returns came up.  Ann made sure to point out that they tithe ten percent to their church and then used that as a lead-in to ask if that's the sort of person who would be trying to hide things.  That argument doesn't really fly so well with me (and I'm assuming with anyone else who is paying attention) because just because you're church going or active in your church doings, that doesn't mean that you're a great person who can do no wrong.  It means that you are active in your church is what it means.  It doesn't necessarily mean anything else. But then she said this.

"We've given all (you) people need to know and understand about our financial situation and about how we live our life and so, the election again will not be decided on that.  It will be decided on who will turn the economy around and how are jobs going to come back to America."

Now, I put the "you" in parenthesis because it's not totally clear if that's what she said.  But if something is kind of iffy, I prefer to err on the side of the overly inflammatory.  Regardless, that's a crap answer.  No, Ann.  You haven't give all that people need to know.  That's not how it works.  Mitt has always come across to me as a guy who isn't used to people asking things of him and him needing to be accountable for those things because someone else wants him to be.  Mitt comes across to me as the type of guy who does what he wants because he's the boss and he really doesn't give a crap what people think of that.  Now his lovely wife is coming across the same way.  That's not going to work very well.

I cannot believe that this guy has hired people to work for him and to run his campaign this way for him.  Does he not have handlers that might have stepped up and told either one of them that people who might potentially vote for you don't appreciate being talked down to as if they're children?  That aside, the guy has been wanting to run for President for at least eight years.  I'm guessing that there isn't anything illegal in his tax returns, but that there are numerous examples of his taking advantage of several tax loopholes, having accounts in the Caymans, etc.  And for the last eight years, did no one advise him that it might be a good idea (if you're wanting to run for President) not to do those things?  You've got over $200 million, Mitt.  What say you stop using some of the loopholes for the years preceding your wanting to be President?  What say you close those accounts in the beautiful Cayman islands and move that money to a bank on our shores?  You know, so that you'll be able to release more than one year of your taxes when the time comes. 

The clip of Ann Romney being interviewed by Robin Roberts is below.  She doesn't exactly come across as someone that I would consider likable.  She comes across as uppity.  No one likes uppity.  I know this isn't a popularity contest, but there is a certain percentage of votes that can be gained or lost depending on whether or not people like you.  She has given a great example of how to not get people to like you. 

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