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Romney Comments Demonstrate Willful Ignorance – Not A Tin Ear

Eileen McNamara wonders why anyone is shocked by Mitt Romney's latest private comments when he has been saying the same thing in public all along. (AP File Photo)
Eileen McNamara wonders why anyone is shocked by Mitt Romney's latest private comments when he has been saying the same thing in public all along. (AP File Photo)

Spare me the shock. Anyone stunned to learn that Mitt Romney is contemptuous of the poor, oblivious to the struggles of ordinary people and clueless about international affairs has just not been paying attention.

That the former governor of Massachusetts and the increasingly out-of-touch Republican Party consider Americans (specifically 47 percent of Americans) who receive any government benefits “entitled” slackers invested in their self-image as “victims” is not news. It is the heart of the GOP’s “We Built It” campaign, the conceit that those who make it in America do so entirely under their own steam. (Having a father who was president of American Motors before he was governor of Michigan apparently had nothing to do with Romney’s opportunities in life.)

The videotaped candor Romney displayed at a $50,000-per-plate fundraiser in Boca Raton, Florida last May mirrors remarks he has been making on the campaign trail all year.

Wealth does not disqualify a candidate for public office; willful ignorance of the world beyond his country club set does.

This program aired on September 19, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

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