Posted Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at 5:15 PM
WASHINGTON - JUNE 24: 24: Political commentator Pat Buchanan (L) speaks as moderator Tim Russert (R) looks on a taping of 'Meet the Press' at the NBC Studios June 24, 2007 in Washington, DC. Buchanan and U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) discussed immigration reform in the U.S. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press)
Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press
Maybe the suddenly reeling Romney campaign should enlist Pat Buchanan as a surrogate. Or maybe not. As Mitt Romney tries to clarify impolitic remarks about the 47 percent of the population who are in his words “dependent upon government,” Buchanan is offering up the “take no prisoners” response.
Appearing on Fox News, the former Nixon speechwriter and GOP presidential candidate said President Obama is “a drug dealer of welfare.” Buchanan went on to say that Obama wants “permanent dependency … of all these folks, somehow getting benefits, benefits, benefits and paying no taxes.”
That message may be red meat for the far right in the Republican Party, but it’s not exactly the tone Romney needs to strike if he wants to show the 47 percent that he hasn’t completely written them off.