The video was reportedly "leaked" by James Carter IV, the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter. How appropriate. It apparently was saved for the most politically opportune moment and then published by the liberal Mother Jones Magazine in hopes of causing maximum damage to the Romney campaign. It's all part of the Democrats' attempt to distract attention from the president's failed record.
But the Obama campaign has had to deal with a "leak" of its own recently, namely the release of a 14-year-old audio recording of remarks supposedly made by then-Illinois State Sen. Obama at a conference in Chicago. "...I actually believe in redistribution," he said, "at least at a certain level, to make sure everybody's got a shot." Will this statement derail the president's re-election campaign?
Romney was correct when he told the donors, "Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income taxes." He was also right when he suggested that "...47 percent of the people ... will vote for the president no matter what" and that they "are dependent on government" and "believe that they are victims." Democrats are the party of government and the more people they addict to government the better for Democrats.
Romney refused to back down, but did admit his remarks had not been "elegantly stated." What he said was that a large number of people "...believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it." Who could credibly say otherwise when all we hear about are entitlements?
What Romney might have said was, "My policies will help people get jobs and earn a decent wage while President Obama's policies will cause more people to rely on government than on themselves."
I wonder what's going on behind closed doors at the Obama campaign, that, if recorded and published in a conservative magazine, would cause political damage to the president's re-election prospects? But we don't have to go behind the scenes. There is plenty already in the public arena, much of it ignored by mainstream media.
Wall Street Journal columnist Dorothy Rabinowitz wrote recently: "...it is the president of the United States -- the same one who presented himself as the man who would transcend political partisanship because we were all Americans -- who has for most of his term set about dividing the nation by class, by the stoking of resentments. Who mocks 'millionaires and billionaires.' Who regularly makes it clear that he considers himself the president of the other -- the good -- Americans. How's that for presidential tone?"
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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