|Mitt Romney should just pretend poor people do not exist.|
While Romney has declared the MSM has treated him badly by taking his "I'm not concerned about the very poor" comment out of context, Romney should rather hope that people leave the context entirely alone.
Indeed, when you really think about Mitt Romney's dreadful record trying to explain his unique ideas about rich people and poor people, his campaign handlers should just tell him to shut up talking about poor people at all.
Mitt Romney should in fact pretend that poor Americans do not exist. Every time he opens his mouth to say something about them he just gets himself into trouble. And it isn't as if he's going to treat poor people any differently by ignoring their existence.
The Times tonight has declared the "in context" statement by Romney as "more benign", but what Romney was really saying was that the "very poor", in other words the people he sees no reason to care about at all because they are so well served by public assistance, are just as secure as the very rich, the other class of people Romney says he sees no reason to be concerned about.
But, rich people are the base of the Republican Party, so Romney is hardly going to firm up that base by being taken seriously on a statement he finds their concerns of no concern. And of course Romney will not be taken seriously on that part of the context, because everyone knows the rich are going to be his first and likely only concern if he should be become POTUS.
That leaves the poor, but as Romney said, they're OK—right? After all, they have all that generous public aid, being slashed and burned at every turn by Republicans who despise the very poor almost as much as they love the very rich.
Speaking of love—the thing you have to love about Mitt Romney is that he is so much a product of his class he really cannot for the political life of him manage to understand how pinheaded he is about issues of class. And that is because, contrary to what he claims, indeed exactly contrary to his calculations, Romney has spent most of his life being utterly unconcerned with the struggles and plights of 99.9% of other Americans.
Yet, he expects those people to think he is a good choice to look after their interests, instead of his own and those of his tiny, super-rich, class.