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Chan Lowe: Mitt Romney's concern for the very poor


And they accuse Barack Obama of not being able to speak without a TelePrompTer. Every time Mitt Romney goes even slightly off script, he utters inanities so maladroit that they almost sound like he spent time polishing them.

It’s actually painful to see Romney step on his tongue with such regularity. Sure, he’s rich⎯but so was FDR, who had a similar upbringing, went to the same schools, and also grew up in posh, protected surroundings. Nevertheless, he had a finely tuned politician’s ear for the vernacular and the daily concerns of those less privileged, and those with no privileges whatsoever.

These are the big leagues. Even a would-be “conservative” Republican needs to at least pretend for a few months that he cares about the plight of the poor, for if he doesn’t, not only will he lose, he’ll drag the whole down-ballot slate into the toilet with him.

You can bamboozle the booboisie (an H.L. Mencken creation, not mine) into voting against their own best financial interests by dangling eye candy like gun rights, gay marriage, school prayer and the denial of climate change and evolution in front of them, but one thing they will not forgive is a candidate who says he is not concerned about them. Who looks like he’s detached and aloof. Who doesn’t even play touch football on the lawn of the family compound. Who tosses off $10,000 bets the way you’d toss away an empty packet of chaw.

Even if you have no intention of being the president of all Americans, it’s unwise to tip your hand so soon.

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As someone from Massachusetts who has been following your work since Eph days, I think you have captured the essence of Mitt right on target. Astute or comfortable around people he isn't and I can't help but think eventually it will catch up with him!

Yeah, kind of shot himself in the foot with that one ... but I guess that's better than being shot in the buttocks by Cheney!


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I guess he has so much money that he just does-not-care if he wins or not; so he just says what ever comes to his mind. It's amazing and entertaining at the same time. Shows you what money can do to the brain.

1789: "Let them eat cake." --Marie Antoinette
2012: "I don't care about the very poor." --Mitt Romney.
All this time passed and nothing's changed.

LRP forgot to add
2005: "They were underprivileged anyway" -Barbara Bush

Well said Chan. Well said.

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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