September 19th, 2012
Galley Friend X offers up an alt explanation for Romney’s Moocher Theory of American Politics. I’ll paraphrase:
Why does everyone suddenly believe that this is what Mitt Romney really believes? The whole rap against him is that he’s always telling audiences what he thinks they want to hear. Why should this dinner have been any different? Maybe the whole 47% thing is just the schtick that he thinks his big donors want to hear because it comports with their worldview?
Shorter version: To believe that Mitt Romney really thinks that way about 47 percent of America you have to believe that Mitt Romney really believes anything in the first place.
Well, it’s a theory!
I wish I didn’t agree that this is probably true. There’s no amount of cynicism that can encompass our true depravity. But was it always so? I wonder. I wonder whether there’ve been small islands of time in history when that wasn’t so.
JVL, this is everything to do with What To Expect When No One’s Expecting. Cynicism is birth control. It’s easier to disengage from the present and not to care when you have no skin in the future.