America's election is a war of words. The campaigns of Obama and Romney centre around undermining each other. Expensive Ads and more are all aimed at belittling the opponent. Little real political debate is evident. That may come at the end as Americans prepare to go to the polls but for now words matter.
Mitt Romney has put his foot in his mouth on more than one occasion already. His latest gaffe could ensure that floating voters finally decide to opt for President Obama. Those who are merely heartless and selfish will no doubt stick with Romney.
Romney's foolish words have been widely reported. Shown on youtube as Part One of a Mother Jones video there presumably is more to come. Expect a follow up to be equally damning.
Romney has now attempted to clarify his words. It is true that words taken out of context can be twisted any which way a manipulator wants. Romney knows this all too well having used such tactics. There is however no way of softening his words to make them acceptable.
He damned 47% of Americans as people who pay no tax, choose entitlements over working and have no intention to ever improve their lot.
His words show a careless disregard for the struggles many people face in this world. They showed a generalisation which has no place in government. If elected he will be employed to represent the people. That is all the people. This does not mean 53%.
If his words have been misconstrued then that leaves some worries. Is Romney not capable of expressing himself clearly? What did he actually mean to say? Is he going to represent a small section of America and not the country and its people as a whole?
Romney when he offered appeasement following the first video release did not instill confidence. He seemed unable to know exactly what he was talking about when his words were taped. No doubt the fundraiser which was held behind closed doors was taped in full and carefully edited afterward. Why is he holding fundraisers behind closed doors though? What promises are made at such events? Maybe all politicians raise money at times this way. If they do, you would think that security would be tight. Too tight to allow snooping by the opposition.
It will soon be up to the American people to decide who they have faith in running their country during such troubling times. This latest Romney fiasco will not improve his electability, surely.
In the last few hours more damning videos from the same event have been put up on youtube.
President Obama's 2012 election campaign team continue to maintain that Mitt Romney's financial support has greatly outstripped that for the Democrats. Big Business is throwing big money behind Mitt Romney.
This of course means that should he be elected Mr Romney will owe favours to the elusive 1%, He will owe nothing to the poor and middle class in real terms.
The latest communication from Mr Obama's campaign aims at getting its message out online:
"We've been talking to you about President Obama's plan to cut through the red tape keeping millions of responsible homeowners from refinancing their mortgages, but we want to make sure your friends get the message, too.
We've put together a graphic that boils the President's proposal down to the five things that everyone should know, and the information is all right here -- you don't even need to visit Whitehouse.gov.
Will you share it online or forward this email to your friends?"
When you are the favourite to win, the other contestants may want to attack you. In doing so it can strengthen their chances of being victorious or damage their own chances of winning. It is all about getting the right balance. Go too far and you could look pathetic as to you try to prove that you are winning material. This is what GOP candidates are in danger of doing.
With Mitt Romney appearing to be streets ahead in the polls his opponents are pulling out all the stops to shorten his lead. At times it is hard to realise that they are all supposedly on the same side. It feels more as if they are political enemies rather than political allies. Such is life and such is politics. Both can be a dirty business.
American people must despair of these hard hitting expensive political campaigns. As the people face economic problems, watching a possible new President squander wealth on ads to damage his political allies has to be galling. If you added together all the money spent on one US presidential race, for both parties, you could probably solve many of that nation's economic woes.
Today January 14, 2012, Rick Santorum has followed Newt's lead and begun to attack Mitt Romney also, He attacked Romney's previous record on US healthcare. This subject is dear to many Americans and one President Obama is often knocked for.
In truth of course each GOP candidate has been name calling their opponents from day one. Now the nomination race is in full swing any methods available are being utilised. Between now and the South Carolina primary a lot could change. That is assuming that the bulk of those who will vote have not already made up their minds.
After Rick Santorum's success in Iowa, New Hampshire dealt a crushing blow to his campaign. It is not over yet though. Far from it. However Rick Santorum and others will be hoping to revitalise their campaigsn in South Carolina. There is still a long way to go. How many more damaging counterproductive ads the American republicans can stand is hard to assess. If it was this blogger, it would be none.