Barack Obama, during the primary season in 2008, referred to rural voters who are ‘bitter’ and ‘cling’ to their guns and religion because they had deep economic anxieties. The remarks hurt Obama in the subsequent Pennsylvania primary, and Republicans (like VP nominee Paul Ryan) still use them today to bash the president as insensitive and out of touch. There is a grain of truth in these charges, which is why they’ve stuck.
This video is far worse on its face.
Marc Ambinder in his latest column, The president for the upper half
Worth a read.
The idea that Romney — who is running on the strength of his record as a manager to replace Obama — could keep titles at, earn from, and own a major company for years while at the same time doing nothing to run or manage it, is not something that will be easily absorbed by your average worker. That is not how most workplaces run (those no-show jobs on The Sopranos excepted). But at the very highest levels of American business, things work differently, apparently.
Explaining the complexities of this business arrangement to the American people will be as complicated for Romney as explaining away the overseas accounts he legally opened. It’s not the legality of the strategies that’s at issue so much as how foreign they will seem to most Americans.
Garance Franke-Ruta at The Atlantic
While we are glad that Governor Romney recognized the power of the black electorate, he laid out an agenda that was antithetical to many of our interests. His criticism of the Affordable Care Act — legislation that will improve access to quality health care for millions — signals his fundamental misunderstanding of the needs of many African Americans.
NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous, quoted in National Journal.