"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men
from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
(Thomas Jefferson)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Romney the Out of Touch Candidate Talks to an almost Empty Football Stadium in Detroit

Why pick the home of the Detroit Lions, Ford Field, to give a speech knowing full well that you were not going to come close to filling it up -- understatement as the stadium seats over 60,000 and if you give Romney the benefit of the doubt, he had 1,200 executive types in their suits and ties in attendance.  Then he showed his arrogance once again with detailing the cars his family owns.  Detroit is a blue collar city of union auto workers and he puts on an event for executives and elites of Detroit.  The man is tone deaf on top of everything else.

Still haven't figured out the comment about trees as MA where he was Governor has plenty of trees.  San Diego has trees and so does Utah.  Why would Michigan trees be any different then the rest of the northern part of the Country or even places like Kansas and Oklahoma?  We have old trees everywhere here in Oklahoma.  He is an odd duck who doesn't seem to have one common sense bone in his body.  I have met elitist before but I think he may be one of the worst in the Republican Party.  There is a difference between people who are wealthy who are not elitist and can sit down and talk with anyone then someone who knows in their mind they are better then the people around them like Romney.

Some of the oil and gas people are the nicest people around so it is not the money.  With Romney it is an attitude you can see it at his events when he tries to be one of the crowd and it fails miserably.  I would have more respect for him if he stood up there and was himself because he is definitely not a people person.

When I think back to President George W Bush or Florida Governor Jeb Bush, I see two people who love to talk to people and are great at fitting in with any situation.  There is no hint of arrogance as their laughs are genuine not phony and they both enjoy laughing and hearing a good joke.  GW was so down to earth, he cleared land and chopped wood on his ranch while President.  Both men are happy meeting people and make the person they are talking feel like the only person in the room.  Governor Perry is the same way.  Yet I know when push comes to shove all three men have backbones of steel.

I don't feel that way with Romney -- if you are not Mormon he seems to have no desire to meet you.  The photo ops for the most part are done with fellow Mormons.  When you pretend to be something you are not you like Romney, you come across as a phony.   He is a wealthy moderate to liberal trying to play the part of a middle class conservative from the Midwest and he is failing on all fronts.

If you cannot be comfortable running on your actual record not the phony one put out by your surrogates, then you should not be in the race.  It would have saved millions of dollars which would have been better spent on the general election rather than on 'scorched earth' against fellow Republicans.  Romney is a poor example of someone wealthy who doesn't seem to have any core values except his Mormon faith and even then then all the lies he tells go against anyone's faith.  Why lie continually when you know the truth is going to come out?

His attitude toward fellow Republican candidates is telling and shows someone who puts himself first and will step on anyone to get ahead:
After an audience member asked Romney if he thought he’d have the best chance to beat Obama, Romney dismissed the other GOP candidates. 
“I not only think I have the best chance, I think I have the only chance — maybe I’m overstating it a bit,” he said, chuckling awkwardly. 
“That’s my family leading the applause,” he said quickly, although no one was clapping, then laughed again. No one appeared to laugh with him. “It’s always hard to defeat an incumbent president ... the only way to defeat him is to have someone who runs against him who is very different than he is, who can present a clear contrast. I have not spent my time in Washington.”
Romney has spent time in Washington playing up to lobbyists for campaign donations.  K Street has been very generous with their donations to Romney as they consider him one of them so his outside the beltway is not selling.  Romney is bought and paid for by Wall Street and K Street.  You don't have to have spent time in DC to act like an insider as Romney has proven.  Does Romney think we are buying the fact he says he is a clear contrast to Obama?  He must be drinking the koolaid because to a lot of conservatives he is Obama lite even on campaign donations where he has targeted the financial and lobbyists sectors.  

Detroit TV must have had a good time last night with showing Ford Field with all the empty seats with an empty suit speaking:
Romney speech falls flat in Detroit
By Cameron Joseph - 02/24/12 01:07 PM ET 
Mitt Romney spoke to several empty seats Friday in Detroit, in a speech that offered Democrats more fodder for their attacks and failed to deliver the major economic address his campaign promised. 
Television cameras showed rows of empty chairs as Romney rehashed many of the policies and quips he'd used in previous speeches, made a few jokes that appeared to fall flat with the audience and said that his wife, Ann, drives "a couple of Cadillacs," which will likely give Democrats more ammunition for their depiction of him as rich and out of touch.

The former Massachusetts governor also repeated a line that has been the butt of jokes by late-night comedians — that Michigan has good-sized trees. 
“This feels good, being back in Michigan,” he said. “The trees are the right height. The streets are just right.” 
Romney then listed the various cars he and his wife own. 
“I drive a Mustang and Chevy pickup truck,” he said. “Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs, actually. I used to have a Dodge truck, so I used to have all three [Detroit manufacturers] covered.” 
Polls show Romney is back in the lead in his home state of Michigan, which is considered a must-win for him. The primary is Tuesday.
His speech was held at Detroit’s massive Ford Field, which holds tens of thousands of people, but only 1,000 or so attended. The campaign and the Detroit Economic Club, which hosted the event, sought to make the stadium look more full by putting the audience in one end zone of the football field and putting the cameras directly behind them.
But cameras showed empty chairs, and the Democratic National Committee blasted out photos that compared the crowd at Romney’s speech to the filled stadiums where then-candidate Barack Obama had campaign rallies in 2008. 
The campaign didn’t bill the speech as a major rally and, according to reports, did not try to fill the stadium. 
Romney even joked about the cavernous space. 
“I want to thank Ford Field for making room for us,” he said to laughs from the crowd. 
Most of Romney’s speech was focused on rehashing the tax policies he’d released earlier this week, and repeating attacks he’d made previously on President Obama. Romney promised to lower taxes and repeal Obama’s healthcare overhaul, comments he makes during nearly all of his speeches.  
Excerpt:  Read More at The Hill 

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