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Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 10/02/2012

Mitt Romney’s trash man has his say


As I wrote in my previous post, Mitt Romney’s trashing the “47 percent” was an October Surprise that occurred in September. One of the reasons for that is because the secretly recorded video of Romney at a fat-cat Florida fundraiser penetrated the public’s consciousness. And as The Posts’s Philip Rucker reports today, the impact of Romney’s comment “aren’t going away.”

Greg Sargent wrote about the 30-second ad from the Obama campaign last week that features Romney’s voice articulating his devastating view of half the country while the faces of “those people” fade in and out. But the folks at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) have gone a step further by introducing us to Richard Hayes — Romney’s trash man

My name is Richard Hayes,and I pick up Mitt Romney’s trash. We’ll call it the invisible people. You know, he doesn’t realize, you know, that the service we provide, you know — if it wasn’t for us, you know, there’d be a big health issue. You know, us not picking up trash.

Hayes is a San Diego sanitation worker, and his route takes him to Romney’s swank oceanfront home in La Jolla. That’s the one of car-elevator fame. Hayes talks about the gratitude shown by some of Romney’s neighbors, which range from hugs to water and Gatorade. When you’re hauling 15 to 16 tons, as Hayes says he does daily, every little kindness is appreciated.

What implicitly is not appreciated is Romney’s condescending view of Hayes and others of the disparaged 47 percent. They are not irresponsible people who’d rather suckle at the teat of government. They are people who have played by the rules and expect their government to do right by them if and when the time comes. That the multimillionaire Republican presidential nominee could articulate such a stinging view of his lessers makes me wonder why he’d want to be president of the “100 percent” at all, as he now claims.

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