What Mitt Romney Really Said - Page 2
So he starts looking around for someone to blame. He doesn’t look inward; that’s never been his way. He doesn’t blame his lack of investment capital or his lack of management skills, or his lack of an innovative idea. He doesn’t blame not going to college; that’s just for smarty-pants anyway.
In short, he is clueless to understand that he has actually been expectedly successful. It was his imagination that hard work is all that’s needed to become rich. It was unrealistic. None of his hardworking neighbors got rich either, or not many of them. The truth, of course, is that the trip from poor to rich takes generations – or else some really good luck. This guy spent his life living for a lie and it bit him on the ass.
Now comes the Republican Party, offering him a convenient excuse: That powerful poor people’s lobby kept you down, brother. Poor people have been sucking the life out the American Dream so they can sit on their lazy asses and eat Prime Rib they bought with food stamps and brought home in a better car than yours. Ah, the privileged life of the poor...
Really, relief from success-angst is the only trick the Republicans have left. That’s why only white men give them majorities anymore.
Spend time on any conservative discussion forum or read the comments section after any liberal op-ed and you’ll meet these guys – the ones who angrily blame others for their circumstance. They so mightily want to believe it was not their fault that they are easy targets con men like Romney or Ryan or Rove. You can still do it, my friend – just put me in office.
It was this fairytale that Mitt Romney was appropriating, this Grand Blame Shift. But here are some more facts. In the 2004 election:
- 49 percent of people who made under $50,000 voted Republican
- 40 percent of people who made under $15,000 voted Republican
- 43 percent of people making more than $100,000 voted Democratic
- 41 percent of people making more than $500,000 voted Democratic