Guess who is calling the Republican presidential nominee "obviously inarticulate." If you guessed forty-seven percent of the United States, that would be a great start, but this little bon mot came from Mitt's running mate Paul "obviously more articulate" Ryan. It was the Republican vice-presidential nominee who attempted to clear up the confusion about his presumptive boss's assertion that ''There are forty-seven per cent of the people who will vote for the President no matter what. All right, there are forty-seven per cent 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,'' he said. ''My job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.''
I'm not sure what Paul "Mister Marathon" Ryan's definition of "articulate" is, but I thought that Mitt's meaning was abundantly clear. I don't know if John "What Is That Vetting Thing Again?" McCain would agree with that. "I don't think that people will believe that, as Governor Romney made very clear, that we will exclude a single voter." I suppose that at its tiny corroded black heart, Mitt's comment suggests that it isn't his fault at all. It's the forty-seven percent's fault. We just don't get him. We're the ones who are excluding him. "Lead or get out of the way," he says as he moves ever onward, in search of the past. I suspect there's at least forty-seven percent of the country who aren't interested in taking that ride.