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Did Sarah Palin really say that? Nope, it was Mitt Romney. (Scott Audette/Reuters)
 
Mitt Romney embraces the GOP base's unadulterated hatred of President Obama:
Mitt Romney ended his third of four rallies today by charging up the most spirited crowd for him all week with a verbal fusillade aimed right at President Barack Obama.

"I think president Obama wants to make us a European style welfare state, where instead of being a merit society we're an entitlement society, where government's role is to take from some and give to others," Romney told the crowd.

"What I know is if they do that, they'll substitute envy for ambition, and they'll poison the very spirit of America and keep us from being one nation under God," Romney said, leveling rhetoric at the president that he had not used before.

Substitute envy for ambition? Poison the spirit of America? Keep us from being one nation under God? It's like he stole the words right from Sarah Palin mouth and it ranks up there with the the most paranoid Obama hatred I can remember hearing from a Republican politician.

I have no idea if he really believes this delusional claptrap, but it doesn't really matter. It's obviously a huge change from from earlier this year when he thought he had the nomination locked up and was focused on positioning himself for the general election, but whether this is the real Romney now or that was the real Romney then, the fact that he would make such an insane attack reveals his utter lack of judgment.

Whatever Mitt Romney actually believes—if he believes anything at all other than pursuing his own self-interest—he has no problem pandering to, and encouraging, the most extreme elements of the political right. Fueling whackos like that might be what he has to do to win the Republican nomination, but it should disqualify him from becoming president.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Tue Jan 03, 2012 at 06:07 AM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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