Over the last few months, Mitt Romney has proved he has an uncanny ability to put his foot in his mouth again and again.
This week, he dismissed half of the nation as freeloaders and last week, he used the deaths of four US diplomats in the Middle East as an opportunity to attack President Obama. That's why we can't blame the GOP for getting fed up and speaking out against their presidential frontrunner.
Republican Senator Scott Brown distanced himself from Romney's remarks that 47 percent of the nation are government dependents that will never take responsibility for their lives:
“That’s not the way I view the world. As someone who grew up in tough circumstances, I know that being on public assistance is not a spot that anyone wants to be in.”
With less than 50 days left until the 2012 election, other GOPers see Romney's gaffes as a distraction preventing his campaign from gaining the traction it needs to win in November.
Sen. Lindsey Graham said:
“He needs to be talking about the economy and not in Utah. He’s not going to get beat because of money. He ought to be running in Ohio and Florida like he’s running for governor and running in Virginia like he’s running for sheriff.”
Other Republicans, like former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove, are also finding it hard to back Romney's off based commentary and think he needs to try to clean up his comments.
“I think he’s better served saying, ‘I’ve said what I said, I’m worried about [the] culture of dependency and that’s why I’ve got [a] plan for the middle class’ and just go to that. A lot of people who get a Social Security check paid into that their entire lives and they’re plenty wired up about the deficit and there are lots of people getting an unemployment check who would love to have a job, so you’ve got to be careful about that number.”
We have to wonder if the GOP regrets electing him to try to beat Barack Obama.