Talk Radio's Selective Defense of Mitt Romney

Colorado's conservative talk radio world sounds thrilled to defend Mitt Romney's comments at a GOP fundraiser, but the more you listen, and hear what they're not saying, the more you realize that, in reality, they don't seem to know what to say.

Take, for example, KOA's Mike Rosen, who describes himself as a partisan Republican, addressing Romney's comments on his show this morning:

"The thrust of what [Romney] said is absolutely on target, and I have no difficulty defending that thrust; I've been talking about this for years..."

"By having so many people who don't feel any pain from the income tax, you build an army of people who simply want other people to pay taxes, and when they hear  something about tax rates being increased, they say, 'We don't care because we don't pay taxes anyway.'"

Rosen went on to say that it's not all of the non-income-tax-paying "47%" who see things this way, but a large number do. That's basically what Romney meant, he said, a large number of people but not 47%.

Unfortunately, Rosen said, Romney was "imprecise, worst case, sloppy."

Still, even if you accept the sloppy talk, how do Rosen and his fellow Romney defenders on the radio deal with Romney's comment that Romney's "job is not to worry about those people...."

The radio talkers don't deal with that comment. They don't defend it, even though it arguably reflects, to some degree, their attitude here in Colorado (i.e., a willingness to cut government-funded health care for children in poverty, putting their lives at risk, because their parents don't have sufficient "skin in the game.")

But as Rosen did this morning, the conservatives on the radio are largely ignoring much of what Romeny said at the fundraiser, including:

  • 47% of Americans "believe that they are victims,"
  • 47% of Americans "believe the government has a responsibility to care for them,"
  • 47% of Americans "believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that's an entitlement."
  • 47% of Americans are "dependent upon government."

So the defense of Romney on talk radio is so selective and riddled with omissions that it's pretty funny to listen to, actually. And it makes you wonder: Do they agree with it? Are they scared to defend it? What's up?

Tune in, if you get a chance. Or call  in and ask about Romney's comments that aren't being aired.

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