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Mitt Romney Offers Full-Throated Attack On Obama's 'Redistribution' in a desperate attempt to change the narrative away from a long series of vile, self inflicted wounds, gaffes, and honest but unpresidential remarks, reports Luke Johnson.

Today, Mitt Romney, searched for a way out by seizing on the Drudge Report's release of a 1998 video purportedly showing President Obama favoring "redistribution."  The White House has provided the context that as a State Senator, our president was talking about how to use government in a more effective way by opening up opportunities to all citizens.  

But, Mitt Romney is now trying to weave this 14 year old sentence into a tapestry accusing President Obama of being a radical socialist, and mixing it with the out of context, quote, "you didn't build this."

"He [Obama] really believes in what I’ll call a government-centered society. I know there are some who believe that if you simply take from some and give to others then we’ll all be better off. It’s known as redistribution. It’s never been a characteristic of America," Romney said Wednesday at an Atlanta fundraiser. "There’s a tape that came out just a couple of days ago where the president said yes he believes in redistribution. I don’t. I believe the way to lift people and help people have higher incomes is not to take from some and give to others but to create wealth for all."

Obama, in the 1998 clip, said "I think the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution -- because I actually believe in some redistribution, at least at a certain level to make sure that everybody's got a shot." ...

Romney continued trying to connect the redistribution idea to a distortion of President Obama's explanation of the importance of infrastructure, mentors, and other community help entrepreneurs, and others get in achieving their success.

Again, watch for the keyword of the day, redistribution.

This idea of redistribution follows from the idea that if you have a business, you didn’t build it, someone else did that. It’s the same concept. That, see, government is responsible for everything that’s gone on here. And therefore government can take and give as it chooses.

Luke Johnson reminds us that American government does rely on a certain amount of "redistribution" as the most wealthy are taxed to help the most poor, and to fund Medicare, head start, and food stamps.

Fortuitously, just as I was writing this, Bill Burton appeared on CNN, refuting Mitt Romney's new "redistribution" theme, saying the American people know who President Obama is, what he believes, what he stands for. Wolf Blitzer pressed Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) on how silly it is to try to portray President Obama as a radical who wants to redistribute wealth when over the last four years the rich have gotten richer.

Chaffetz deployed the usual GOP pivot, to something so inane I will not distract you with it.

An unusually aggressive Blitzer doubles down on the attack.  saying, "38% of Utah returns were from non-payers of Federal Income taxes.  "Are these people moocher, parasites?" "Are they victims?"

Again Chaffetz bumbles off something about economic opportunity, Obama is taking us down the path of increased government.

Burton responds, "that not what he said on your own broadcast, Wolfe."

Bill Burton,  pointed out that the people President Obama is trying to help are the very poorest, students with Pell Grants, and I can't even remember exactly, but can fill in now, the poorest with Medicaid, and Medicare, and food stamps, unemployment benefits, job retraining.  Are these the "redistribution of wealth" programs that Romney want to get rid of?  How about getting rid of OHSA, EPA, the SEC, FDA, and taking us back to the robber-baron days of the 19th century?  Romney is starting to sound more and more like a bad parody of Thurston Howell, III.

The more Thurston Howell Romney, III and his sad band of radicle anti-government zealots try to dig themselves out of this one the worse it gets.

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  •  Tip Jar (15+ / 0-)

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 02:59:44 PM PDT

  •  Frank Luntz must be working overtime (7+ / 0-)

    This is really a reach.

    But, IIRC, this isn't the first time they've rolled out the "redistribution" meme - I seem to recall it from 2008, and certainly from the 2012 GOP primary wars.

    They'll be recycling Jeremiah White shortly.

    •  I don't think it will work. In fact, it is so far (7+ / 0-)

      fetched, abstract, and from so long ago, it looks desperate and pathetic.

      American voters have known President Obama for five years now.

      So, now this complete bumbler wanders in, makes a fool of himself insulting host's donuts, the British, the Palestinians, and tries to exploit the consulate deaths for his craven political ambition, and now this tape comes out revealing how insular and ugly his true views are.

      So, now that it is a media disaster, he tries to attack President Obama for being a communist based on an out of contest sentence from 1998?

      I don't think so.  

      The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

      by HoundDog on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 03:19:32 PM PDT

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    •  This ain't luntz... he's better than that. (1+ / 0-)
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      Love him or hate him, the guy's got some originality.  This is warmed over drivel.  It sounds like it was scripted by a wingnut blogger.

      A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

      by dougymi on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 03:31:06 PM PDT

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  •  Just saw a clip of Mitt on Rev. Al's show, and (6+ / 0-)

    he seemed really desperate. He was practically panting.

    You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

    by sewaneepat on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 03:09:09 PM PDT

  •  Of course the MSM runs with the desperate Mitt/GOP (7+ / 0-)

    attempt to say "Look overhere, there is this one tape from 14 years ago..." while forgetting the whole issue that made Joe the Plumber famous in 2008 was this wealth redistribution idea - and Pres Obama was elected in big numbers.  So now Romney thinks he as a rich robber baron who is promising more tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires, he who hides his money in off-shore tax havens is the one to win this messaging war when voters in 2008 didn't seem to care when then candidate Obama was much more unknown, and McCain/Palin were not out of touch rich guys looking to give themselves and their rich buddies tax breaks on the backs of the working poor, students and seniors.  

    Only thing the Romney camp and GOP could do was dangle a false equivalency carrot in front of the MSM on this - and it worked.  

    We have a greed with which we have agreed. -Eddie Vedder "Society"

    by Jacoby Jonze on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 03:12:25 PM PDT

    •  Good point, Jacoby, but I think even this is going (0+ / 0-)

      to backfire on them.  

      Romney's pathetic finger pointing reminds me of that Republican Senator who was caught for solicitation in that Minnesota airport restroom -- trying to explain it was all a confusion because he had a "wide stance."

      When a politician's own defensive image involves him bolstering the image of him sitting on a toilet, with his pants down, playing footsie with someone in the next stall, you know he's in trouble.

      Romney's current shrill ejaculations are worse, IMO.  

      Our ears do not even any longer hear his words.  

      We just see this desperate fellow flailing, flip-flopping, floundering, and other words beginning with an "f" and we just want to change the channel.

      He's done, stick a fork in him and let's move on to something less disgusting.

      The stench of failure reeks too much for the American public  to be wiling to watch this much longer.

      The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

      by HoundDog on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 03:28:13 PM PDT

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    •  The MSM need a horse race (1+ / 0-)
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      To maintain their ratings. False balance is their modus operandi (cf climate change). This just might have legs. We'll have to see

      I know you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant. -- S.I. Hayakawa

      by tapu dali on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 03:48:02 PM PDT

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  •  Maybe they could trot out (4+ / 0-)

    Joe the Plumber. Wasn't that whole redistribution thing his shtick?

    Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

    by NMDad on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 03:19:14 PM PDT

  •  take another look (2+ / 0-)
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    at what Obama said

    I think the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution -- because I actually believe in some redistribution, at least at a certain level to make sure that everybody's got a shot
    He's talking about the need to redistribute and pool government resources, not wealth.
    •  No, he's not. (2+ / 0-)

      He's talking about the redistribution of wealth to provide the greatest benefit for the largest number.

      In practice, we call this paying for parks and roads and teachers and firefighters and air/sea rescue helicopters and weather forecasting.

      For gawd's sake, will Democrats please stop being so fucking afraid to call taxation what it is? It's exactly this sort of gutless weaseling that allowed conservatives to demonize the word, 'liberal.'

      If you believe that government has a role to play in society, then stand up on your hind feet and fucking say so like you mean it.

      The real enemy of the good is not the perfect, but the mediocre.

      by Orange County Liberal on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 03:49:22 PM PDT

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      •  Taxation=redistribution (3+ / 0-)

        Aid to the poor=redistribution. Social services=redistribution. Civil services=redistribution.

        I support redistribution. There. I said it.

        •  tax breaks for the rich (0+ / 0-)

          saw redistributionof   money and assets to the top .3%.

          We never stole from the rich and gave to the working and middle classes...

          New Deal tax policy never was redistribution.....

          Working and middle classes earned everything they had....

          New Deal tax policy created a stable economy & created jobs.

          New Deal tax policy let them keep it.

          I support redistribution.

          I do not support redistribution. I support a stable economy and jobs and the tax policy that that makes it happen.

          FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

          by Roger Fox on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 08:56:17 PM PDT

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  •  And the media obliges (4+ / 0-)

    Check CNN headlines on this.  Romney's campaign couldn't have written them better themselves.  You'd think they had written them.

    "Were comments Big mistake for Romney or the Brutal Truth?"

    As if there is any possibility of Truth while intentionally equating the 47% who don't pay income tax with the 47% who support Obama.  

    CNN is spinning overtime right now to prop up Romney.  

    When the truth is only a matter of opinion, advantage goes to the liars.

    by Sun dog on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 03:21:19 PM PDT

    •  I don't know (3+ / 0-)
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      I watched AC360 last night and Anderson Cooper showed no mercy to the Romney surrogate. I read somewhere else today that Wolf tried the whole not fair and not balanced thing but he couldn't pull it off. There is no defense.
      We'll see in the next couple of days I guess. I am trying to watch all different news outlets - I am typical MSNBC and then Jon Stewart & it has been interesting to check out the networks and CNN  - no Fox, not a chance.

      •  Just trying it is wrong (4+ / 0-)
        Wolf tried the whole not fair and not balanced thing
        Why is it CNN's job to adopt Republican talking points at all?  I went to CNN to see how this is going in the 'mainstream' and EVERY one of their headlines at the time was pro-Romney spin.  I know their headlines change frequently online but it's inappropriate for them to lie AT ALL in order to help a candidate.  Playing dumb on what Romney said is a form of lying.  

        When the truth is only a matter of opinion, advantage goes to the liars.

        by Sun dog on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 03:50:23 PM PDT

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      •  Here's the wording (3+ / 0-)
        Were Romney's remarks a gaffe big enough to dent his campaign or a brutal truth others don't want to hear?
        Objectively, there is no possibility that equating the 47% who don't pay income tax with the people who are supporting Obama is a "brutal truth."  Just posing the question is exactly what Romney's team is trying to do right now.  

        CNN is acting as a part of Romney's campaign in helping them make the pivot on this.  The fact that in other things they're publishing they're hitting Romney on this doesn't change the fact that they're also acting very inappropriately in his favor.  

        When the truth is only a matter of opinion, advantage goes to the liars.

        by Sun dog on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 03:55:44 PM PDT

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  •  Obama has given 3 SOTU addresses, (3+ / 0-)
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    appointed a cabinet and two Supreme Court justices, submitted tons of legislation, signed dozens of bills, and issued numerous executive orders ... and the best the Rs can do is worry about something he said fourteen years ago?

    Can you imagine how Kerry would have been laughed at in 2004 had he mentioned something w had said in 1990?

    Romney is flailing in desperation.

    Obama should take off his gloves, put on his robe, climb through the ropes and go back to the dressing-room, because it's just a matter of time before Mitt knocks himself out without any assistance from Obama.

    Am I right, or am I right? - The Singing Detective

    by Clem Yeobright on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 03:36:59 PM PDT

  •  Runnin (2+ / 0-)
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    From the reagan capitalism he became!!

    That was the con of reaganomics, give to the top it would be redistributed throughout the economy thus no need for government investments thus small government and taxes, that's the trickle down con, keeping the economic wheels well greased and thus growth better then what was done before, the new capitalism!

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 04:15:44 PM PDT

    •  Good point. We need government to function as a (0+ / 0-)

      society.  

      How warped is it that Romney and the GOP is suggesting that taxation is redistribution of wealth.  

      The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

      by HoundDog on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:09:07 PM PDT

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  •  T & R (0+ / 0-)

    thanks

    FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

    by Roger Fox on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 08:57:58 PM PDT

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