Mitt Romney’s often distant relationship with consensus reality has drawn criticism in this space, and no doubt will again. But it’s important to give credit when due, even to opponents, and when the Governor “says the thing that is” he deserves to be acknowledged for it: all the more since truth-telling seems to be difficult for him.
Of course, his veracity in this case is merely subjective. He correctly reports his own lack of concern about the poor. His optimistic view about the “safety net” is somewhat detached from reality, and of course his support of the Ryan budget would mean utterly shredding that safety net. Still, even subjective honesty represents progress compared to Romney’s usual pathological lying.
Update Naturally, Romney is whining about being taken out of context, but this isn’t the first time he’s said it, nor was this his most direct statement of indifference. In an October debate, Romney said, “The very poor have a safety net, theyâ€™re taken care of.” Even today, he’s saying, “We have a safety net for the poor, and if there are holes in it, I will work to repair that. And if there are people that are falling through the cracks I want to fix that.”
“If”? Doesn’t he know? Or care enough to find out?
Just to add to Romney’s out-of-touchness: He seems to think that Medicaid, which pays for nursing-home care that would otherwise be breaking the backs of lots of middle-class families, is somehow only for “the very poor.”