Romney Needs to Stop Apologizing

Romney made some comments in a closed-door, private, backroom fundraising dinner that of course went viral on the internet about ten minutes later. Romney said that Obama supporters are “victims” that are “dependent on government.” This is a generalization, yes. And it’s generally true. I was happy Romney said it. It paints the Democratic party, and any entitlement party, in the right light: as self-serving power-grubbers who victimize the poor with larcenous rhetoric that panders to their financial insecurity with promises of “free” money. We all know, however, that the money isn’t “free.” Is it a fact that people who pay almost nothing in taxes are generally motivated to vote for someone who will give them “free” stuff at other people’s expense? Yes. Of course it is.

So it annoys me that Romney won’t just stick by what he said. Now he’s talking about how “it wasn’t elegantly stated” or how his remarks were “off the cuff.” Apparently, he just walked away when a reporter asked him whether or not his comments about Obama supporters were part of his core values. I guess he doesn’t want anyone to know what his core values are? I’m not really sure.

Why does Romney have such difficulty just saying what he thinks and sticking by it? I know he doesn’t want to say anything that would offend some potential voters, but someone needs to tell him that most people respect conviction, even if they don’t agree with your convictions. On the other hand, it’s easy to despise a jellyfish. Romney needs to get a backbone. He needs to formulate what he thinks and stick with it. Quit apologizing. Doesn’t he know that not everyone is going to like him, and there’s nothing he can do about it anyway? After all, you can fool some of the people all the time, all the people some of the time…