Mitt Romney will “say anything to get elected,” apparently

posted at 10:01 am on July 20, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Really? This from the campaign team that openly queried whether Mitt Romney may-or-may-not be a felon?

“Launching a false attack”? “That’s not what he said”? Er, I’m pretty sure Romney was reading directly from a transcript of Obama’s now-infamous remarks, and sorry if you don’t like his analysis — but this just looks like a wildly desperate effort to re-brand what’s shaping up to be the gaffe of the year. President Obama really stepped in it with that one, and Team Obama knows it. The liberal media rushed to their man-crush’s defense, saying that conservatives are “taking Obama’s comments out of context” or that “actually, Mitt Romney and President Obama fundamentally agree,” but their flailing can’t walk back Obama’s woeful mistake.

Mitt Romney believes in the power of individual ingenuity, free enterprise, and competition; Barack Obama believes in the collective, the state, and socialization. Yes, plenty of people work long hours at difficult jobs, and we all pay taxes for the infrastructure and justice system that mean we can reliably conduct business with one another; but as Charles Krauthammer points out, those are constant variables, not the roots of success.

…The greatest threat to a robust, autonomous civil society is the ever-growing Leviathan state and those like Obama who see it as the ultimate expression of the collective.

Obama compounds the fallacy by declaring the state to be the font of entrepreneurial success. How so? It created the infrastructure — roads, bridges, schools, Internet — off which we all thrive.

Absurd. We don’t credit the Swiss postal service with the Special Theory of Relativity because it transmitted Einstein’s manuscript to the Annalen der Physik. Everyone drives the roads, goes to school, uses the mails. So did Steve Jobs. Yet only he created the Mac and the iPad.

Obama’s infrastructure argument is easily refuted by what is essentially a controlled social experiment. Roads and schools are the constant. What’s variable is the energy, enterprise, risk-taking, hard work and genius of the individual. It is therefore precisely those individual characteristics, not the communal utilities, that account for the different outcomes.

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We hope. 52% bought his BS last time out. Obama should be down 20 points by now just based on his record if we were running Daffy Duck against him…

wildcat72 on July 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Polls, schmolls at this point but the common denominator (thank you LSM)is most of them are like D +6 or more.

VietVet_Dave on July 20, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Bradley/Wilder is hitting polls hard this season, for good reason. Another story yesterday about a businessman contributing to Republicans, followed shortly by a first-ever IRS audit as well as one from the Department of Labor. You can’t confirm who is on the other end of that phone line.

slickwillie2001 on July 20, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Mitt Romney will “say anything to get elected,” apparently

Yeah! You’ll NEVER catch The Chosen One refusing to obey laws in order to pander to specific groups. You’ll NEVER hear The Obamassiah create ‘law’ by executive order.

Barry has ETHICS!

GarandFan on July 20, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Obama sez Romney will “say anything to get elected”

even quote Obama?

DANEgerus on July 20, 2012 at 2:40 PM

And, you STILL miss the most incredible bit in that commercial! After saying (@ 0:19) “The only problem? That’s not what he said.”, Obama then goes on to say (@ 0:37) exactly what Romney said that he said! They actually think the electorate’s attention span is shorter than half the length of the commercial!!!!

GWB on July 21, 2012 at 10:41 AM

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