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 2:16PM
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I guess because he spoke the truth about people and what their responsibilities are.  Only the guilty have problems with this and in our country, that equals out to 47% of the population.  It is a sad time in our nation, that welfare recipients are highest numbers ever and many of these are satifisifed with the Governement taking care of them... If you dont like, get off you **** and do something about it.  Our nation is getting more and more lazy everyday.  It iis why we are behind in manfuacturing, education and other things.  I work hard for my money everyday and was taught to work hard as a young man.  It is sad that too much of our nation thinks they are entitled just because the live here (legally  or otherwise) and feel that the rest of us should pay for theirs.  I have had enough of it.  I want to take care of my family and work hard to do so... but end up giving 25% of my salary to the guy around the corner that thinks he deserves something.   It is about time someone spokethe truth. 

Sep 18, 2012 2:16PM
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This guy tells the truth. Unfortunately, you do need to be a good liar to get into the white house !
Sep 18, 2012 2:15PM
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Just Chuck - Of course I will site my source - and thank you for asking. I should have done that immediately. I would like to site our Senate Budget Committee. Please see this link for more details.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/over-100-million-now-receiving-federal-welfare_649589.html

Please note the article in this link points out the Senate Budget Committee projects food stamp spending alone "to reach $800 billion in the next decade."

Sep 18, 2012 2:13PM
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Josh Barrow is not what one whould call a reporter. Is there anyone who sees a fair and balanced approach to this article.

Josh---go back to your books on journalism and look up Yellow Dog Journalism...

Romney is by the way correct ---half the people want everything for nothing...and that is who the other side of the aisle courts ---by promising more  and more for less and less.

Sep 18, 2012 2:12PM
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all Mitt Romney needs now is a sextape....... with Snooki !!!!!   I APPROVE THIS MESSEGE
Sep 18, 2012 2:12PM
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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 2:12PM
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The only people who would be especially mad about his comments are the exact ones he's talking about.  People may not want to hear that, but what he said is the truth.
Sep 18, 2012 2:12PM
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Romney spoke the truth:  47% of our country pays no income tax.  A large number of that is on welfare and those that vote normally vote Dem.   It seems that the author of this article forgets the bitter clinger comments and the constant harping on the rich not paying their fair share.  While I would have liked to have cene Romney use better language, I will still support him.  I am one ofthose bitter clingers holding to my guns and God.   

Sep 18, 2012 2:11PM
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Romney is correct.  The moochers will get even poorer under a second term Obama.  They just don't know it yet.
Sep 18, 2012 2:10PM
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Willard never had a chance!  He will go down in history as losing the election big time!

Pandering, lying, flip flopping, etch a sketching, totally unqualified, snarly repuke!!

He only wanted to win the election as a feather in his cap!

 

Hey Willard, think of the loss this way, You won't have to disclose any of your tax records!

 

Your running mate Lyin Ryan will also lose his Congressional seat as well!

 

Good Riddance to bad Rubbish!!

 

Obama/Biden 2012

Sep 18, 2012 2:10PM
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Keep in mind this is some one that pays %12.  I pay like %37 to the tax man. Why is he complaining when he can't even level with the rest of us about what he has earned?
Sep 18, 2012 2:10PM
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I don't see an issue with what he said. I'll bet most everyone in the US has said worse.

 

Anyone flip flopping just because one of the two underachievers running says something out of the ordinary is truly a mindless fool.

Sep 18, 2012 2:10PM
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All people that pay no taxes should not be considered to be in one single group who do not take personal responsibility and care for their lives. I think Romney shot himself in the foot by making a with a blanket statement like he make..

Sep 18, 2012 2:10PM
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Romney tells the unvarnished truth and that loses the election?  Bullsh*t.

 

If you mainstream liberals spent as much time on honest reporting as you do on shilling for Obama, this country would be much better off.

Sep 18, 2012 2:10PM
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 Headlines: Another FAT CAT goes to jail, Joe the plumber can't keep his job, Romney speaks the truth and loses the respect of the people he is trying to lead. Country goes into tail spin supporting Wall Street. Let's be thankful we are not like the rest of the world fighting our own people for a piece of bread.
Sep 18, 2012 2:09PM
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Wake up america,He`s right ,and it will be the downfall of us all if we don`t take action soon!!!!!!! Its the smartest thing i`ve heard Romney say!

Sep 18, 2012 2:09PM
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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 2:09PM
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47% pay no tax, Because we are broke from the policies of the republican party , starting with Nixon and going down the tubes from there!

giving trillions to banks is not free enterprise it is theft , but also communism.

 

Take note dems! the republicans want the house and senate and that is why there is a lamo running for Prez. VOTE OUT All those that do not stand for a strong , healthy effective government.

The republicans are for corporate anarchy, No government, Why put them in office to sabatoge our systems? They say gov can't work, them you vote them in to mess it up and they then can say they are right!

Mister Romney wants to see a loser... get a mirror.

Sep 18, 2012 2:09PM
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What's wrong with these comments, they are absolutely true.


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Romney is right. You dont bite the hand that feeds you and so those folks will vote for the president no matter what and have both hands out after the election.
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