The 47 Percent Gaffe
September 17, 2012 13 Comments
The latest media feeding frenzy is over a secret video of Romney gaffe’ing the biggest gaffe in the history of gaffery, reciting the line about how 47% don’t pay taxes etc yawn.
This is a good case study in young-lefty-pundit hackery for the following reason: there is absolutely nothing new, newsworthy, interesting, or earth-shattering about the 47% meme**. Lefty journolists may shriek in horror at the gauchery of it all but the fact is that concern over the possible development (and size increase) of a class of net-receivers is a true staple of righty politics. It has been around for years if not decades. It has especially cranked into high gear during the Obama years.
These facts are well-known and patently obvious to anyone with a passing familiarity with righty discourse and thinking. So upon seeing these hysterics from some lefty pundit getting the vapors, we are left with two options:
1. He has no familiarity with righty thinking whatsoever, thus is commenting on things he knows diddly-squat about.
2. He knows very well that this concern forms the backbone of righty fiscal thinking, but has decided to feign ignorance so he can play it up for maximal gaffe effectiveness. Meaning, he’s a cheerleader hack.
I really can’t think of a plausible third option.
The other juicy point to gnaw on here is that the lefty journalist corps is now busily writing up their pieces for people to read tomorrow whose premise is going to be that when Romney asserted such and such number of people receive more than they pay from Daddy Government, he was insulting those people. But where’s the insult? one is tempted to ask innocently. So what if some people make use of popular progressive programs? Isn’t that good?
Anytime one gets ‘progressives’ to unanimously (if backhandedly) acknowledge there is shame involved in government assistance, right-minded people have got to consider it a win.
**I suppose it’s possible that some of these leftopundits are aware of all of the above but that what actually bothers them is the “47%” number specifically. Like, they think it’s “really” 46% or 42.5% or whatever and are incensed he’d say 47. As if the specific number is what matters. This seems such a silly nit to pick that I had discounted it, but on second thought in this age of spreadsheet-armed youngsters having somewhere gotten the idea that autism-level “fact-checking” alone is what constitutes good journalism, you never know. But if that’s the basis for all the hyperventilating, shouldn’t they just be calling him a “liar” instead of painting it as an insulting gaffe? Would the gaffe content have gone away had he stated the ‘correct’ number whatever it is?