By Erin Drushel[avatar user=”ErinDrushel” size=”thumbnail” align=”left”]Erin Drushel[/avatar]
Released this week were secretly recorded videos of a fundraising event where presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said that the 47% of people who vote for President Obama believe they are entitled victims, dependent on the nation to take care of them. Romney went on to say it was not his job “to worry about those people.” These tapes were first revealed by the liberal news website Mother Jones.
In a press conference, Romney defended his comments as “not elegantly stated,” but offered no apologies on the content.
This is a very public reminder that you can hide your true self for only so long before it either seeps out or someone catches it on tape.
There are some who believe Romney should apologize for his statements. But I’m torn between scorning him and giving him a small amount of credit. Credit, not for what Romney said – as I strongly disagree with him – but for standing by his statements instead of running away.
If we’re going to complain that we never see the real face of our politicians; it’s hypocritical to make someone apologize for speaking his/her truth.
However, Romney really had no choice but to stand by his comments. In the video, he stated his policy for the nation was to demonstrate its “strength.” Running away from his recorded statements would have shown weakness and offered yet another contradiction that he can ill-afford.
That being said, if you’re outraged by his statements that seemingly dismiss about half of the country, don’t ask him to apologize – just don’t vote for him. It’s that simple.
And finally – contrary to some opinions – I think it’s folly to say that this is the end of Romney’s campaign. As is often said, the only poll that matters is the one on Election Day. There’s a long time between now and then. Remember, there are like-minded people in the Republican Party (and throughout the United States) who will make decisions based on these clandestinely recorded words.