Judson Phillips, the founder and leader of Tea Party Nation, today in an open letter to Mitt Romney wrote that the “most damning part” of his 47% comments is that it’s not his stump speech — and it should be.
In case you have yet to see the videos, or hear about them:
“Yesterday far left wing magazine Mother Jones leaked a video of you at a fundraiser talking like a conservative,” Phillips wrote today (registration required). “Why the hell aren’t you doing that on the stump? The most damning part of that video was not the comments about the 47% who receive government benefits. The most damning part of that video was your comment about moving to the middle to play for the 10% who are in the middle.”
That is Washington consultant talk.
America is a conservative nation. 43% of Americans are conservative. 30% are moderates. Only 22% are liberals. If you run as a conservative, take all of the conservatives, all you need is a quarter of the moderates and you have enough to win.
Republicans win when they run as conservatives. Reagan won as a conservative. George H.W. Bush ran claiming he would essentially be a third Reagan term. When he walked away from that promise, America rejected him. George W. Bush ran as a conservative and won twice. John McCain did not and he lost.
You need movement conservatives and Tea Party people in your campaign. When are you going to get us onboard?
Romney in a leaked video taken at a $50,000 a plate fundraiser told 150 or so high-value donors:
There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax…[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.
This, according to Judson Phillips, is how conservatives think, and think Romney should speak.
By the way, Tea Party Nation, according to an article on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s website, is now classified as an active hate group.
Bonus: From the same open letter to Romney:
Commit that we will, as a national priority, bring the price of gas down to $1 a gallon by 2015. Currently, just in our known reserves, America has enough oil to fuel every car on the road for 430 years. With this much in natural resources, why are we importing a drop? Why are we enriching nations that hate us and giving our enemies the opportunity to damage our economy? If we dropped the price of gas to a dollar a gallon, it would be an incredible economic stimulus for America, as consumers would have more money to spend and the cost of products would drop.
These are not an exhaustive list of bold actions you can take, but it is a start.
Dick Morris has predicted that twenty years from now, Republican Parties will be holding Reagan/Romney dinners.
They won’t if you do not win.
America needs you to defeat the Obama, Pelosi, Reid axis of fiscal evil and pull America back from the abyss. You can’t do that if you don’t win. You have seven weeks. You can still pull this out.
The question is, are you willing to do what it takes to save America? Do you want to win?
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