Candidate has low opinion of his power to persuade

The worst part of Mitt Romney’s depiction of the 47 percent of Americans who don’t pay income taxes isn’t the inaccuracy, though it is enormous. It’s not the “them vs. us” ideology, though that is surely troubling. It’s not even the duplicity of saying harsh things to his wealthy donors that he would not have said to the public at large. I expected no better.

The worst part of his remarks about the 47 percent is this comment: “I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” How horribly self-deprecating and pessimistic. If Romney thinks so little of his ability to convince, why is he even running for president?

Ashley Adams


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