Leadership, Mitt Romney Style

To the candidate and some supporters, it's very presidential to dismiss half of the electorate.

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(The Root) — The Republican candidate for president of the United States, Mitt Romney, apparently really, really dislikes people like me. My opinion isn’t based on his having cussed me out or anything. (He’s Mormon. He’s not allowed to curse.) Mitt Romney, the man known for flip-flopping when it’s to his political advantage, refuses to modify his message for people like me.

Minority. Nonwealthy. Progressive.

If you happen to share any of those qualities, then there’s a solid chance that Romney doesn’t really care about you, either. He’d love your vote, but he’s not going to make a genuine attempt to actually get it. For the GOP presidential candidate, you have to prove yourself worthy of him, as opposed to him being worthy of you.

In the last year, we’ve watched the former Massachusetts governor consistently fail to reach out to anyone outside the GOP base. Many people say, “This is to be expected.” I ask those people, “Why?” Why is it that no matter the situation, whether it be the GOP primary or the general election — which we happen to be in right now, in case Romney wasn’t aware — he continues to throw his middle finger up to so many Americans he wishes to serve?

He might as well say, “I want to be your president, but I don’t respect you.”

The videotaped comments made by Romney at a May fundraiser don’t shock many of us. His assertions that 47 percent of Americans don’t pay taxes and depend on the U.S. government, and hence they’ll vote for President Barack Obama, is a direct quote from the Republican Bible (the book of Socialism, Chapter 3, Verse 7).

The shocking part about all of this is that Romney, in the midst of all his current blunders, has magically found his ever-elusive backbone.

Last week, when Romney attacked the Obama administration over a press release from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo before he had all the facts, he followed it up with a press conference where he doubled down. This week, when the tapes surfaced showing him disparaging half of America, claiming that minority heritage helps in presidential elections and more, he followed it with a press conference, where, again, he doubled down on the comments. When Romney was booed at the NAACP conference, he explained at a fundraising event that if those people want free stuff, they should vote for the other guy.

In attacking the underprivileged and underrepresented, Romney has finally found his ability to be strong.