Saturday, March 16, 2013

Scott Prouty Filmed the 47% Video that Lost Romney the Election

Before the last US Presidential elections, I knew Romney was a fraud, but he fine-tuned his public persona quite well, and became the man who loved his wife and children and cared about everybody, so long as he knew he was in the eye of the media. It was horribly frustrating to watch. Of course he couldn’t completely control his runaway mouth, but such was the fear of Obama that Romney’s supporters forgave him every time.

They would have sold their soul for a Republican President. In the end they were rescued from that dire predicament by Romney himself who revealed his real absence of humanity and the elitism that forms the foundation of his true personality, and by the man who recorded him.

His name is Scott Prouty, a bartender at that fateful fundraising dinner. Recently he was interviewed on NBC and Huffpost Live, and anybody who can get their hands on him is clamoring for an interview. Anybody except Fox News.

“You can tell a lot about a man by the way he takes his drink” said Prouty (Huffpost Live). Normally, people say thanks and acknowledge the bartender. Romney took his drink and turned away without a hint of a thank you. To him the bartender was just a servant. Contrast that with Bill Clinton, who, at a fundraiser at a private home, came into the kitchen to thank all the staff, one of whom was Prouty. He was very moved, and his experience of Clinton  helped inspire him to release the video.

On the Republican night in question, Romney sat down and demanded that the food be brought immediately, because he was late. “I’d never do that,” said Scott, “even if I was the guest of honor. I’d never walk into a house and say ‘where’s the food? Come on, bring it, bring it’.” (Huffpost Live)

He decided to record Romney. None of the staff had been told they couldn’t record the event, so he didn’t hide the camera; he set it up on the bar in full sight. The media weren’t invited, but I guess it didn’t cross Romney’s mind that the waiting staff might be smart enough to fill the gap. I also guess Romney didn’t care enough about the 47% to worry about what would happen if they heard what he had to say. Which says it all, really.

Prouty obviously had a job to do but he was also there as a voter. He wanted to hear what Romney had to say and expected him to address everybody in the room. But it was as if for Romney, the staff didn’t exist. He didn’t include them; he didn’t see them as individuals and he didn’t care about them as voters. What a person instinctively does tells the truth of them, so his bit about the 47% of Americans being lazy, unwilling to do anything with their lives, wanting bailouts, was just affirmation.

Scott Prouty is a down-to-earth, straightforward guy with a sense of decency and his own dignity.  He said he released the video because most Americans couldn’t afford to pay $50,000 to know what Romney really thought. “It’s a shame”, said Prouty, “you would wish they [politicians] would say the same things in public as they say in private. Maybe they do but clearly he didn’t.” (Huffpost Live)

What Romney said was so “diametrically opposed to what he was saying in public” that Prouty couldn’t bear to let him get away with it. He spliced the video and the first release was only a piece. It was “sort of a dry run”. He wanted to get a feel for how it landed. And people saw and heard what he did; the hypocrisy. YouTube shut down that first partial video, entitled “Romney exposed”, as did some other places he put it up on. 

But a Tumblr user noticed a second video and contacted Huffington Post reporter Brad Shannon, and Prouty had media traction. His original intention had been to start a conversation but he ended up helping to change the direction of a Presidential election, because after this, Romney didn’t have a chance.

Social media makes it possible for an ordinary guy to affect the course of history. “[It’s] a great equalizer. If you have a good message, a strong message, an important message and you are persistent enough you can share it with lots and lots of people.” Prouty added that he was very grateful to all the ordinary people who retweeted his message very persistently, even before the media found it. “[Social media] lets you get around the media filter...This was going out no matter what, and if the media ended up picking it up, that was great.” (Huffpost Live)

YouTube didn’t give Prouty any reasons for shutting his video down, which leaves room for speculation. But in any case, they couldn’t stop this one. Kudos to Scott Prouty. His twitter account is @scottprouty.