Better the Devil You Know

by afternoonswithclyde

Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t…

It seems that the voters largely followed that old idiom in electing Obama…and it appears they were right.  Romney’s secretly recorded appearance at the fundraiser where he now famously referred to the 47 percent of America as dependent on government handouts probably, more than anything else, cost him any gains he made in the debates.  Yet there were still those who believed that this ham-handed version of campaign strategy doled out to a roomful of fat cat supporters could not be a real reflection of Romney’s character.  But no longer.  As the New York Times has reported, in a post-election conference call with reporters (again, a so-called “private” event – this guy obviously can’t learn), Romney referenced Obama’s “old playbook,” which involved “gifts” to African-American, Hispanic and young voters.  In other words, Romney charges that Obama used the policies of his administration to provide “generous” assistance to those communities to essentially buy their votes.  Led by up-and-comer Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana, Republican leaders were quick to condemn Romney’s tasteless and cowardly charges.  Having had no enthusiasm for either candidate, I for one am now certain that Romney would’ve been a very poor choice for president.

In a related note, I was recently reading an excerpt from the script of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the argument between Potter and George Baily.  It is uncanny how their positions reflect those of the erstwhile candidates – in particular, Potter’s characterization of Ernie the cabdriver…

 

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