Yeah…I’m rescinding that.
I watched Scott Prouty’s interview with Ed Schultz today. For those of you not in the loop, he’s the guy responsible for the Mitt Romney “47%” video that tipped the election back in our direction.
There is a moment near the end of Elia Kazan’s “A Face in the Crowd” when Marcia Jeffries (Patricia Neal.) realizes that the hayseed bumpkin that she helped elevate to superstardom is about to put his muscle behind a right-wing political machine. And in a single act of courage mixed with self loathing, derails the whole shebang.
Now it’s not a perfect analogy. Mitt Romney’s about as down home as a plate of Clams Casino. But with enough effort, he might have convinced enough people that he had their best interests at heart.
But that tape, those words, they hung on Romney like a toxic fog. And it made enough people wary enough to smother Romney’s candidacy in its crib.
And it’s enough that when you hear someone say that one person can’t possibly make a difference, you can serve them up this story with hearty side order of “Bite me, you cynical bastard!”.
And it’s enough to fill me with shame.
This guy put everything on the line to get this tape out. His name, his livelihood, his relationship with his employers. He was prepared to burn all of that in order to do the right thing.
And here I am, walking away from my civic duty like a pussy.
That cannot stand.
It’s time to get back on the horse.