In yet the most recent example of poor Romney messaging and due diligence, Romney has released an ad which, in paraphrase, takes Obama's words of last week stating that no one is an island, no one "builds it alone" out of context -- a reference that factually states that no company, entrepreneur, individual delivers his or her goods or services on an infrastructure that they built by themselves (ranging from one's education to the military protecting the petrol shipping lanes to roads, airports, and bridges).
In the Romney ad, Jack Gilchrist of Gilchrist Metal Fabricating discusses Romney talking points but the New Hampshire Union Leader has found trouble in Mr. Gilchrist's claims in that the Gilchrist firm has been the recipient of much "public aid," undermining the Romney narrative (CNN reporting).
To further undermine the Romney narrative, in 2002 at the Salt Lake Games he touts as "experience" (in video),
You Olympians, however, know you didn't get here solely on your own power . . .
And if all this wasn't enough, Romney cites collectivist "barn raisings" as examples of the American spirit. Said in a business round-table,
The reality is what can we as people do? Our heritage as a nation is that when there are people problems, people respond to them and people solve them," he said, noting that Alexis de Tocqueville said Americans are unique because of "our willingness to serve one another, the barn raisings, if you will.
We need more barn raisings in America, more people who don't just look and say, 'What can government do?' but instead, 'What things can I do to make a difference in the lives of people near me?
What Romney fails to remember is that government is a collective made up of tax paying citizens and though in different form, his Olympian and de Tocqueville references still advocate for the social collective.
When Romney is off "the stump," away from the pre-packaged political sound bites issued by his advisers, Romney in fact shows he has a lot in common with the centrist tenor, tone (and when in context the perspective) of the President! The real question then is why he allows himself to be "dragged" to fringe positions and fringe rhetoric? What then does this inability say about his character?