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 3:40PM
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All of you who are commenting on this article in support of what romney has said are IDIOTS !!!! yes those are called capital letters... really come on like you cant see common sense even if it is in front of your face you are probably the same people who elected bush into office twice and got us in this up situtation but you want to try and point the finger at the person who is only trying to get us out of the hole that your put in office twice lets be grown up for a minute and act as if you have sense this is beyond irritating the 47% that romney is talking about is you yes YOU!!! working or not if your not a main banker or on wallstreet guarantee the romney you so support wouldnt even budge to look at you if you approached him in person unlike Obama who constantly stops through common towns not looking for votes just showing support so come on people lets be wise and not ignorant and open your eyes its 2012 the climate isnt destroying the world it is YOU!!!!!

p.s. WISE UP 

Sep 18, 2012 3:40PM
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I know plenty of Republicans that don't make enough to pay income tax. But lets be clear on one thing. Everyone who collects a check pays payroll tax. Anyone who owns or rents pays local taxes and anyone who buys something pays taxes as well. So enough with these people don't pay taxes.
Sep 18, 2012 3:40PM
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All of you who are commenting on this article in support of what romney has said are IDIOTS !!!! yes those are called capital letters... really come on like you cant see common sense even if it is in front of your face you are probably the same people who elected bush into office twice and got us in this up situtation but you want to try and point the finger at the person who is only trying to get us out of the hole that your put in office twice lets be grown up for a minute and act as if you have sense this is beyond irritating the 47% that romney is talking about is you yes YOU!!! working or not if your not a main banker or on wallstreet guarantee the romney you so support wouldnt even budge to look at you if you approached him in person unlike Obama who constantly stops through common towns not looking for votes just showing support so come on people lets be wise and not ignorant and open your eyes its 2012 the climate isnt destroying the world it is YOU!!!!!

p.s. WISE UP 

Sep 18, 2012 3:40PM
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Romney is just saying what everyone else is thinking. At least he wasn't lying. Obama's a liar and traitor and should be     !
Sep 18, 2012 3:38PM
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Annoy a liberal,work,be happy don't be a drag on the system.
Sep 18, 2012 3:38PM
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Hey Josh - any chance you are trying to load the deck ? Very suggestive - trying to influence the election is what too many in the liberal media, so called journalists, are doing. Perhaps the "We report you decide" catch phrase is on that all of you should observe.

 

Sep 18, 2012 3:38PM
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Why do you liberals publish such outrageous articles?........Oh, I know.......you are trying to get Obama reelected. Romney was really telling the truth. This is a positive thing for him. He will use it for his benefit. Obama wants to do away with our freedoms and have us more dependent on his government handouts of OUR money......not his.

You liberals continue to "harp" on Romney's unreleased tax returns. We don't care.

What about Obama's sealed academic records?

 Let's have him release these. Was he Obama in college or Barry Saetoro (sp) enrolled as a foreigh student?

Sep 18, 2012 3:37PM
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And you're a frickin drama queen idiot!
Sep 18, 2012 3:37PM
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Hey Josh,
May I please have the winning numbers for Wednesday's $149M Powerball?
Since you are such a confident predictor of the future, I am sure this will be no problem!


Sep 18, 2012 3:37PM
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what is wrong with being born with a silver spoon in your mouth ( i was not) it just shows that his family worked hard to get what they wanted and have. NOTHING WRONG WITH WORKING HARD!
Sep 18, 2012 3:37PM
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josh Barro you need to get a real job because your reporting sucks big time.
Sep 18, 2012 3:36PM
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If this is the best the Democrats can do, I will gladly accept the worst the Republicans have to offer!
Sep 18, 2012 3:36PM
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No conspiracy here, political candidates need to be careful what they say anywhere there is another person present.  This has gone on forever, it just so happens we live in a world where there are no secrets if you are technically inclined.

 

Oh, BTW, did you hear what Obama said about the 1%? Gotcha!

Sep 18, 2012 3:35PM
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I don't like that MSN seems to be taking a polical stand here. I don't think Romney used the word loser in his secret taping.  Isn't it against the law to tape someone without their knowledge.   If your one of the losers who don't pay income tax & property tax then vote for OBAMA.

Sep 18, 2012 3:35PM
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Did he actually use the word "Losers" or is that just a way to spin facts into something horrible. 
Sep 18, 2012 3:34PM
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And Remember folks, 47% pay no tax, but it's the other 53% that aren't "paying their fair share" hahahahhahahahahahahahh
Sep 18, 2012 3:33PM
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Look at this commie rag pimping for Obuma.
let's see
GE owns NBC
NBC Owns   MSN, MSNBC
GE PAYS ZERO TAXES IN USA
As payback , MSNBC pimps OBUMA 24/7/365
then they contribute in a big way to his campaign.
he takes that money , pockets some and gives it to Unions
on and on it goes.
not too hard to follow

Can't wait to see the headlines when Dear leader gets his a$$ kicked in , in Nov!

Sep 18, 2012 3:31PM
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Funny how TRUTH is a disaster- Not a chance. And the humor in libtards quacking that active duty military pay no taxes is a lie- we do, did and will always pay taxes. We are paid from taxes and we are taxed on that again.  Anything to take the eyes off the scope of the yet another failed middle east policy. Remember an ambassador died a few days ago- such a short attention span from the leftist marxist commie queers.
Sep 18, 2012 3:31PM
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Gotta now see Romney's tax returns now is he 47% ?
Sep 18, 2012 3:31PM
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I think this is a democratic led conspiracy. Nobody like Romney could possibly ever think he would be elected president. The democrats are obviously paying this man to take the fall. Well played Obama, well played.

Anyone ever seen the South Park episode where it turns out Obama, his fake wife (actually his partner in crime) Michelle, and McCain are all rigging the election to steal jewels? 
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