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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Context counts

Mitt Romney is scrambling to explain his comment that “I’m not concerned about the very poor," lamenting he's been taken out of context. What goes around come around.

It wasn't that long ago that Romney and his minions were defending an ad in which they twisted Barack Obama's words totally out of context. In the candidate's own words:
"There was no hidden effort on the part of our campaign. It was instead to point out that what's sauce for the goose is now sauce for the gander."
The full context of this gaffe -- sure to make it's way into Obama advertising -- is the Moneybags Mitt saying there's a social safety net underneath the poor so he intends to focus his attention on the middle class.

Of course, in the interest of context, it's important to note Romney and his fellow GOP hopefuls have expressed an interest in ripping that safety net to shreds, slashing Medicare, Medicaid and declaring war on food stamp recipients.

Mush Mouth Mitt's faux pas is perhaps even worse than deliberate advertising distortion because he was speaking unscripted and presumably from the heart -- or as close to it as he ever comes.

Just add this to the list that includes Romney declaring himself unemployed (while collecting millions in low-taxed capital gains); poo-poohing more than $350,000 in speaking fees as "not much"; and declaring he knows what it's like to fear for a pink slip.

No this one's much closer to reality, just like his professed enjoyment of firing people.

Word matter and so does the context. It would be nice to think he might learn his lesson and stop making ads that distort other people's words.

But you want to bet $10,000 that he won't?

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