Sports fans impugn the ancestries of those who root for opposing teams, but it’s rare to see an athlete do so. Pop stars aren’t often found speculating publicly why people don’t attend their shows or buy their music.
It is politics, perhaps uniquely among the modern entertainment arts, where principals disparage those who disagree with them in such vivid terms. Like charging that they “cling to guns or religion,” or depend on government benefits with no intention of advancing their own cause.
Mitt Romney’s remarks, surreptitiously recorded at a fundraiser earlier this year, charge that “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’s a tough indictment, regardless of one’s acceptance of it, of 47 percent of a closely politically divided nation. It’s also a dark view of the populace – back-of-the-cave, couple-thousand-leagues-under-the-sea dark – to think that almost half of it inhabits the caricature of a societal liability.
-- Jim O’Sullivan
NATIONAL JOURNAL’S PRESIDENTIAL RACE REPORT
Romney: All Obama Supporters Want Handouts NEW!
[National Journal, 9/17/12] In video obtained by Mother Jones of a closed-door fundraiser earlier this year, Romney dismissed all of Obama’s supporters as people who are dependent on government, pay no income tax, and believe they are victims.
Pew: Public Favors Obama on Mideast Response NEW!
[National Journal, 9/17/12] Americans who have been following the attacks on U.S. embassies and consulates in the Middle East and the killing of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens in Libya view Obama’s handling of the situation more favorably than Romney’s response, according to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center.
Obama: China Trade Practices Harm Auto Workers
[NBC News, 9/17/12] Obama accused China of illegally subsidizing the outsourcing of American jobs in the automotive industry on Monday in Cincinatti. The same day, his administration filed a request for resolution of the trade dispute with China with the World Trade Organization.
Romney Courts Hispanics, Wishes He Were One of Them NEW!
[National Journal, 9/17/12] Romney on Monday launched a fall courtship of Hispanic voters, with a promise he would reform immigration laws in his first term. But he declined to say whether he would continue Obama’s executive order allowing some children of undocumented workers to remain in the country.
Analysis: Romney's Immigration Pledge Again Without Details
[Huffington Post, 9/17/12] Romney has largely shied away from immigration policy, but he addressed it at length in a speech to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles on Monday. Elise Foley writes that Romney still has not articulated critical details of his stance.
Beleaguered Romney Camp Looks to Reinforce, Not Reboot
[National Journal, 9/17/12] Aides indicate that Romney will continue to focus on the economy and highlight his five-point plan, despite reports of clashes within the Romney team and a new strategy rollout.
Mitt Romney Abruptly Shifts Strategy[Politico, 9/17/12] Though strategist Stevens maintains that the race is shifting toward Romney, the campaign is moving from a laser-like focus on the economy to a broader array of issues, including foreign policy.
New Romney Ads: China as ‘Cheaters’ and Obama ‘Failing’ American Families
[National Journal, 9/17/12] The Romney camp is pivoting back to the economy with two new television spots this week. One promises a tough line on China in a pitch to the middle class and the other says that Obama is “failing” American families on spending and the national debt.
Obama Video Mocks Romney’s Immigration Stance as an ‘Extreme Makeover’
[National Journal, 9/17/12] Ahead of Romney’s appearance before the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles to appeal to Hispanic voters, the Obama campaign released a new Web video that jabs the GOP candidate for going on an “Extreme Makeover” campaign when it comes to his policies on immigration and Hispanics.
Investor Bankrolls Big Romney Campaign
[Wall Street Journal, 9/17/12] Joe Ricketts, a billionaire investor whose family owns the Chicago Cubs, is pressing ahead with a $10-million ad campaign supporting Romney that begins this week. The ads mark one of the biggest electioneering efforts by an individual this election cycle.
Obama Camp: Romney Might Not Be ‘Ready for Prime Time’
[TPM, 9/17/12] An Obama campaign spokeswoman on Monday derided a Romney aide’s comment from last week that “you’d be in a different situation” in Libya if Romney were president by saying it brings into question whether Romney is “ready for prime time.”
Study: Tax Cuts for the Rich Do Not Spur Economic Growth
[TPM, 9/17/12] According to a new study by Congress’s nonpartisan policy analyst, there is no clear correlation between tax cuts for high earners and economic growth. These findings are pertinent to a central debate in the presidential election, as Obama pushes to end the George W. Bush-era tax cuts on high incomes, while Romney insists on cutting rates across the board.
With 50 Days Until the Election, Obama Holds Edge
[The Hill, 9/17/12] With 50 days to go until the election, Obama is ahead of Romney by a narrow margin in most national polls, and has a slightly wider lead in most swing states. Voters are even giving Obama an edge on health care issues, although they are still wary of "Obamacare."
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