Did Mitt Romney just blow the election?

Comments caught on video reveal that the GOP candidate thinks half of Americans are losers. This is an utter disaster for his campaign.

By MSNMoney partner Sep 18, 2012 12:16PM

Bloomberg logoBy Josh Barro


You can mark my prediction now: A secret recording from a closed-door Mitt Romney fundraiser, released Monday by David Corn at Mother Jones, has killed Mitt Romney's campaign for president.


On the tape, Romney explains that his electoral strategy involves writing off nearly half the country as unmoveable Obama voters. As Romney explains, 47 percent of Americans "believe that they are victims." He laments: "I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."


So what's the upshot? "My job is not to worry about those people," he says. He also notes, describing President Obama's base, "These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax."


This is an utter disaster for Romney.


Romney already has trouble relating to the public and convincing people he cares about them. Now, he's been caught on video saying that nearly half the country consists of hopeless losers.


Romney has been vigorously denying President Obama's claims that his tax plan would raise taxes on the middle class. Now, he's been caught on video suggesting that low- and middle-income Americans are undertaxed.


That one is especially problematic, given the speculation about what's on his unreleased pre-2010 tax returns.


Corn tells us there are more embarrassing moments on segments of the video he hasn't released yet. Romney jokes that he'd be more likely to win the election if he were Hispanic. He makes some awkward comments about whether he was born with a "silver spoon" in his mouth.


But those are survivable. The really disastrous thing is the clip about "victims," and the combination of contempt and pity that Romney shows for anyone who isn't going to vote for him.


Romney is the most opaque presidential nominee since Nixon, and people have been reduced to guessing what his true feelings are. This video provides an answer: He feels that you're a loser. It's not an answer that wins elections.

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Sep 18, 2012 1:20PM
Truth hurts!  Many people complain about cuts to government services (education, transportation, medical, law enforcement, etc) but if asked where the needed funding should come from they'll always want to raise taxes ON SOMEONE ELSE.
Sep 18, 2012 2:27PM

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”  Thomas Jefferson

Sep 18, 2012 2:35PM

So,he's right and he said it. The truth is the truth. I will vote for him.

Sep 18, 2012 2:31PM
We have fostered the loser syndrome since the early 1960's when welfare started to become rampant. Giving able bodied lazy people money for doing nothing because all the jobs are beneath their dignity has never worked. Now we have 3 and 4 generations of parasites who seem to believe they are entitled, try moving to Africa, Haiti or any other no European based country and see how far you get saying "That is beneath my dignity, how can you expect me to do that, just to feed my kids"
Sep 18, 2012 2:50PM
If you are able to work and won't, then you ARE a loser. He speaks the truth. You may have the right to be a loser, but you shouldn't have the right to live off the taxes I pay with my career.
Sep 18, 2012 1:28PM
this will probably hurt Romney. but it is 100% true. 
Sep 18, 2012 2:36PM
Its unfortunate for Mitt that he told the truth and people in this 47% dont care if he is right because they do not want to lose thier free ride. I bet if government took away the free ride there would be very little people not working .I get tired of seeing people driveing Lincolns and using thier free food card and spending $30 a day in lottery. Its pitiful that 47% of the people think they desevre it and dont do anything about it and the guy that worked hard his whole life to have what he has only for government to take more from them so the free loaders can have now the Hummer instead of the Lincoln. Its so obvious what the problem is here in the USA its called laziness. Older people have paid maybe $40,000 thier entire life to social security, but the free loaders get that every year in free food , housing, cell phones and medical. Soon the hard working people will have no choice but to take thier businesses over seas where there is no tax on being successful and no welfare system. Or just plan revolt.
Sep 18, 2012 12:48PM

Romney – The Truth

47% of Americans consider themselves victims. Yes, THE TRUTH HURTS. Try more like 50%, and it comes from the jackass on top, who is still blaming the previous administration for all his problems. Americans have become a mentally sick group of people. The democratic socialist mentality of false victimization is what is destroying this country, and the jackass in chief knows it to be true.

Sep 18, 2012 2:09PM

The voters of this nation will get exactally the quality of government it deserves.  The voter can either listen to the truth or be victimized by it.  If you like the way things are going, vote for Obama, if not, vote for Romney.  There's the truth.  Like it or not.

Sep 18, 2012 2:38PM
My wife is from Europe where they do not care for the lazy people and they thrive there. You get what you work for and lazy people get jobs if they want to eat and thats fair and they do not reward them for being worthless like we do here in the USA
Sep 18, 2012 12:49PM
Very biased opinion hiding as a news story.
Sep 18, 2012 2:29PM

Josh Barro is a loser.  Romney merely states that he is looking for support from other than the 47% of Americans who pay nothing and receive handouts from the rest of us.


There are way too many on welfare, too many receiving food stamps, and too many receiving unemployment insurance for way too long.  When 25% of discability claims are fraudulent, and those frauds receive social secirity payments they are unnecessarily diminishing an already troubled fund and instead, should be out looking for work. 


There are 23Million people unemployed while Obama speaks of hope and change, (promises, promises . . .) but he has no ability to solve any problems .Obama refuses to work with Congress and somehow is unable to see why he cannot accomplish anything good for the country and the economy.  Hei s the media's annointed one, but is vying to be named the worst president ever.  He is converting America into a communist socialist republic.


Another four years of Obama will be the death of this country.  The lazy cannot continue to shirk their responsibilities to earn a living and care for themselves and their families.  The rest of us will balk at continued support of the societal leeches. 


Romney earned his money.  All of the complainers didn't.  Jealousy will get you nothing.  Try to emulate him and make your own fortune.

Sep 18, 2012 3:07PM
It isn't the retired who cause the mind blowing debt.  It could be illegals who have 7 kids in our schools and can't feed them.  It could be people who buy stereo systems and plastic surgery with their food stamps.  It could be people who just think the tax payer should and has to take care of them.
Sep 18, 2012 2:12PM
The 47% figure is actually 46.4% based on one estimate. Half of these 46% are elderly. I would guess these elderly don't work and collect social security. 

Another third of the 46% makes under 20K a year.

Would any middle income or above person trade places with someone in either group?

What has our country come to when we blame our problems on people who worked all their lives and are collecting now, or on people who are so marginalized as far as education and skills and are living in an area with poor salaries?
Sep 18, 2012 2:01PM
I'm not sure why people are so offended by these comments. In 2Q 2011, over 105 million Americans were on welfare. There are over 315 million people in the United States. Simple math dictates that 1/3 of America is receiving welfare alone, not to mention other government assistance programs. The American dream was once to work hard and achieve on your own merit. The infrastructure is there - but people won't use it. Admittedly, it is easier to sit at home and collect a government check, but that is the mindset that has to change. If a couple of loose cannon comments - from either candidate - is what it takes to get the conversation started, then I hope there are more to come before November!
Sep 18, 2012 3:08PM
He just said what is absolutely true and the same thing I say every day - those who vote for Obama are entitlement - mentality victims who benefit from his policies and will never take personal responsibility for their actions and decisions. They all want bail outs and unfortunately this is why our country is failing. The true hard working americans who struggle to make ends meet and provide honestly for their families by living within their means and not walking away from their homes, claiming bankruptcy etc are a dying breed. It's truly worrisome, sad & not what our country was founded on.
Sep 18, 2012 2:46PM

I love this crap!  Our media is so untrustworthy that this is what is now considered news.


I don't think Romney ever had a chance to win and this comment won't change a thing. 


Also, to be clear - this quote is being taken out of context and out of the audience for which it was intended.  It doesn't mean that Romney won't govern 100% of Americans.  He's talking about getting votes - he doesn't have to worry about getting votes from this 47% of Americans.  It's probably accurate.  What's wrong with that? 


Oh wait, we prefer our politicians to lie to us.  George Bush did it, and Obama does it.  Hell, even Bubba Clinton - I did not have sex with that woman - did it.  That's what we like because we just want to be sedated as a country.  Please more morphine...

Sep 18, 2012 3:11PM
romney was only telling the truth 47% do not pay federal income tax most of them that work get it all back plus some when they file their taxes.
Sep 18, 2012 3:07PM

Romney is 100% correct, that is what is wrong with America today; too many people want to be lazy and rely on the government and then want to complain about how far south the economy has gone, instead of getting off their lazy butts and contribute to the solution. Stop making more kids than you can afford on your hard earned income, stop putting all your resources into narcotics, and go out and make something good of yourself.If you are able to reproduce you are able to work. in the words of Sean Payton, " Do Your Job".

Sep 18, 2012 4:01PM
It hasn't been that long ago that I was watching an interview of a young man fresh out of college that said he was insulted at a $60,000.00 starting salary. He had a degree and wasn't starting out in life for any less than 6 figures. I would be willing to bet we are still supporting his SORRY **** too. Another case of "you owe me."  No job so now he has outstanding tuition loans unless rich Mom & Pop paid for everything which is what it sounds like. Poor snotty, spoiled little rich man. I bet he still lives at home and probably has his mother make his breakfast and make his bed up so he can play video games all day. More entitlement. Don't get me wrong, I'm an old WHITE man making half of what he turned down since my Good jobs were taken away and sent to India and I had to start all over. At least I was able to find a job although not much of one but I work and pay my own way.
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