We've been treated over the course of the past ten days or so to an exercise in ridiculosity, in which the Obama Campaign attempts to walk itself back from the President's comments made in Roanoke, VA in which he made the famous "you didn't build that" statement. The Obama Campaign would have us believe that our Constitutional Law Scholar, multiple-degreed, Ivy League President does not understand the the basic English fact that "that" speaks to a singular object (your business) and "those" is what one would choose to describe "roads and bridges" as they would have us believe. The campaign is worried, very worried.
But watch the first video again. And again. And again. Even if they are right, even if our oratorically gifted President screwed up, why does that matter. It's the first part that is offensive. In his "get your preacher on" voice, followed by an approvingly sycophantic audience, the President mocks both hard work and intelligence. He did not make a "gaffe" in Roanoke--he gave us yet another glimpse into his true, ideological heart.
But it hasn't been the first. No, we've had many, many of them. And the Romney Campaign needs to string them together. One after another.
It needs to feature the statements above.
It needs to feature the statement about people clinging to their guns and bibles.
It needs to feature the statement made to Joe the Plumber about spreading the wealth.
It needs to feature statements he has made about the rich paying their "fair share".
It needs to feature statements from his writing, like ""Political discussions, the kind at Occidental had once seemed so intense and purposeful, came to take on the flavor of the socialist conferences I sometimes attended at Cooper Union" - Barack Obama (Dreams of My Father)"
It would feature his statements on taxes, such as: " "Well, Charlie, what I’ve said is that I would look at raising the capital gains tax for purposes of fairness." - Barack Obama"
At the end of the commercial, the moderator would say, "These statements were not mistakes, they are not gaffes, they are not taken out of context. They are who Barack Obama is, and what he believes. And we cannot afford another Obama term in office."