A lot of my “everyday” existential philosophizing takes the form of asking people to be aware of the Long Con or the Big Sting… that is where you become your own mark in the long con game of bad faith or pseudo-authenticity. This is “wising up the mark.”
While all American politicians can be seen as examples of this, few really rise to the level of the Mitt Romney’s, Paul Ryan’s, and the Rick Perry’s. The ideology of Makers vs. Takers has become so ingrained, they cannot even remember how their own party created a situation among the laboring-many so the politicos could ensure bigger tax cuts for the wealthiest few.
The remarks that Mitt Romney allowed himself to make while being filmed show a man who has utterly conned himself and who has decided that if elected he does not represent anyone but those who considers “worthy” of being called a maker.
So notice what happened here: Republicans have become outraged over the predictable effect of tax cuts they passed and are using that outrage as the justification for an agenda that further cuts taxes on the rich and pays for it by cutting social services for the non-rich.
That’s why Romney’s theory here is more than merely impolitic. It’s actually core to his economic agenda.