Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign came close to hitting the self-destruct button when he ‘off the record’ talk was made public. In a secret video recording, the Presidential hopeful stated that 47% of the Americans do not pay taxes and hence will not vote for a Republican. The leaked videos have made headlines all over mainstream media accompanied with the usual tone of criticism.
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On the flip side, it is also being said that these videos have helped many to see the real face of Mitt Romney, and they weren’t being sarcastic about it. Many of them, after having a look at these videos saw Romney as a real person, free and unattached from the forces of the DC GOP Elite.
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According to Erick Erickson, editor-in-chief of RedState.com said: “For once, we see Mitt Romney undercover and off the record and he sounds like a real person not pulled by the gravitational forces of the DC GOP Elite who have capitulated to $16 trillion in national debt. And suddenly, those beltway Republicans are beating up Romney for saying something off the cuff, maybe not as polished as he should have, but that is agreed with by a majority of Americans.”
John Hinderaker, a conservative American lawyer, not only appreciated the new Secret Romney, but also suggested ways this new face can be used:
“[T]he private Mitt Romney is a heck of a lot more compelling, not to mention more conservative, than the public version. A few weeks ago I attended a Romney fundraiser in the Twin Cities, the only one scheduled for Minnesota during the campaign. Romney was electric, more passionate than I have ever seen him. I said at the time that his campaign should film him in that setting, before a friendly audience of conservatives, and edit the footage into a series of 30 or 60 second commercials. Maybe, if we were lucky, Mother Jones was there and will do it for us.”
However, the list does not comprise solely of encouraging remarks. Kerry Howley is skeptical as to whether the video reveals anything real about Mitt Romney:
“Jonathan Chait says we’ve seen "an authentic Romney," echoing the general journalistic consensus. Given that Romney is at this event to beg, flatter, and beg some more, the assumption is strange. It's not clear why a slippery candidate would, amid wealthy donors, suddenly bare the dark deep hidden recesses of his soul. Strategy does not suddenly fall away when rich men pull out their checkbooks.”
Paul Waldman, contributing editor at the American Prospect also endorsed Kerry’s opinion about the Republican candidate saying:
“Romney has spent the last five years in an intensive period of study, with his subject the contemporary American conservative mind in all its permutations. He's well aware that the misleading talking point about 47 percent of Americans not paying taxes gets repeated all the time on the right, in private and public. What he was telling the people in that room is what he tells any group of people he speaks to. His message was, in Christine O'Donnell's immortal words, "I'm you."
On the whole it can be said that the compassion and spark that some people are mistakenly interpreting as either the ‘other face of Mitt Romney’ or the ‘real Romney’ was only because he wanted to leave the fundraising event with a juicy figure for his campaign.