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 6:25PM
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Romney is clueless.  He has lost all touch with reality.  He wont release but a few years of tax returns.  What's he hiding?  All he does is find fault with others.  It appears he's unable to come up with any solutions to our country's problems.  Typical high society republican.  Oh yeah, about entitlement programs.  From the day I started working, over 50 years ago, I paid into social security.  Then came the medicare deduction.  You're damn right I'm entitled to Social Security and Medicare.  When I was raising a family and could have used that money it was taken from my pay check and I had nothing to say about it. 
Sep 18, 2012 6:24PM
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Why is anybody surprised by this?  This is a man who physically assaulted a vulnerable student with the help of his friends, and then conveniently forgot about the whole thing when confronted about it.  Don't start with the second guessing because the story has been coraborated by many sources who were there.  This is the bully mentality of dismissing the needs and humanity of anyone who does not agree with you, look like you, or act like you.  In the world view of people like Mr. Romney either you're one of the in crowd or you are a hopeless loser unworthy of human rights or dignity.

 

Some people outgrow this type of linear thinking as they mature, but Mr. Romney has never had to mature since he's never really had to live in the real world of day to day average people.  In the view of Tea Party people the only people who deserve rights or dignity are the rich, talented, and beautiful.  If you do not fit into this narrow category, as about 99% of the population doesn't, you are of no importance to them, and they would rather you just go away.  You are a burden.  This is not Christianity, it is psychopathy.

 

Beware wolves in sheep's clothing...They seek the ruin of souls.

Sep 18, 2012 6:24PM
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Just fork over my Medicare money, Righty and be quick about it. And have it your way. I'm laughing in your face, not grateful about it sucker. 
Sep 18, 2012 6:24PM
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Romney is not only a blabber mouthed moron (MORMON), he is an anchor baby for a born Mexican.  His daddy tried run for President while being a natural born Mexican citizen.  Ask him if he knows who his great grandmother was.  His great grand pappy had twelve wives!  His grand parents, possibly US citizens left this country to escape abiding by the laws to live in sin in Mexico.

Look that up while you are harping his famous credentials.

Sep 18, 2012 6:22PM
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Those of you complaining about the "lazy" 47% really need to take a look at who those people are.  A married couple with 3 young children earning $50,000 of wages would pay no income tax in 2011 due to the child tax credit.   Seniors whose only income is social security pay no income taxes.  People who are starting small businesses without a lot of income in their start up years or those working low paying jobs because that's all they can get right now may not pay income taxes if they have children and are eligible for the earned income credit.  Now, does that 47% include slackers?  Most definitely, but I would venture a guess that the actual number of slackers is no where near the 47%.  In fact, I would be interested if anyone actually had a source as to the estimated number of slackers. Be careful about making sweeping generalizations about statistics.  Not everyone who is not paying income taxes is sitting around eating junk food, watching tv and waiting for their government check.

Sep 18, 2012 6:21PM
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Rummy lost when he said he wouldn't cut the defense budget when every intelligent person in the nation, none of which are running for office, knows across the board spending cuts nearing 50% of last year's fed.gov budget are unquestionably required to save the nation from financial chaos. Anything less is suicide; well, citizencide anyway.

Get your papers in order; the smart money is on expatriation at the precise moment. Choose your destination wisely. Keep your plan close to the chest; passport issuing shall be suspended.
Sep 18, 2012 6:21PM
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It's about time the plain truth is told, and not sugar coated . There  is to many people out there looking for a hand out that are able to work but to sorry. I see it first hand all the time. They say why should I work when I can get it free. I see a lot a lot of people working that aren't able to work cause they have a family to support . Disability is out of the question , cause most that are on it know how to work the system to get it. They make hay, work on cars, drive race cars, cut wood and live running up and down the road but say they aren't able to work.
Sep 18, 2012 6:20PM
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My message to that 47% that have been sooo offended and feel such outrage.  Stay calm everything is fine, you will be happy soon,  you get to take a shower with all of your friends and it will be very nice.  How many despots have come to power in the history of the world by promising to take from the rich and give to the poor?  And how many millions of lives were lost removing them?

Sep 18, 2012 6:19PM
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After months of reading the comments from the Romney supporters I think I have it figured out. They get up in the morning and look into the mirror, smile and think “it’s all about me, it's all about me. I could care less about all the rest because it's all about me, me, me, and me only"

Sep 18, 2012 6:19PM
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In 2008 I gave up and became a member of the entitlement generation. Since then, I've cut my debt by 50%, doubled my investment return, and gained 26% - without working a day. I'm a 47% er. Go O'bama!
Sep 18, 2012 6:19PM
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 Right back at ya dude!: Mitt was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, he lacks the empathy gene, was too important to go to Vietnam and got amnesty for a Swiss Bank account---  and I say his wife Two Cadillac Ann is a Rich Bitch. Wanna  meet at a bar and settle it or call it a wash, dude
Sep 18, 2012 6:18PM
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I'm definitely a 47%-er!  I'm also a 26 year old graduate student working my way through a doctoral program.  In addition to being a full time graduate student, I work and pay taxes and still struggle to make ends meet.  In fact, I'm considering signing up for medical assistance because I can't afford health insurance.  Am I lazy?  Entitled?  Not working hard enough?  Are the hours you spend twiddling your thumbs at a desk and playing angry birds REALLY worth more money than the hours I spend studying and working my butt off to pay my rent?

 

Can we please be clear about a few things?  First, paying no income tax doesn't mean you are lazy, jobless, or looking for a handout - it means that the job you DO have pays so little that you get most of that income tax back in your tax return.  That would include the people who do your dry cleaning, clean your office after you leave, take care of your kids at day care, prepare your food at restaurants, landscape your yard, walk your dog, cut your hair, and so many others.  But if they don't make very much money, they must be lazy and clearly deserve whatever financial hardships they've endured, right?  Right.  Good to know empathy is so alive and well in the US.

 

This country relies on people of all different skills and professions, and to insinuate that anyone whose job doesn't pay enough to make ends meet is lazy/looking for a handout/will be the demise of this country is incredibly insulting. 

 

Are there people who work the system?  Of course.  Are they the majority?  No.  Are the millions of dollars funding those people equal to the millions of dollars the rich DON'T pay thanks to tax loopholes?  Probably.  Have you ever even MET anyone who has had to sign up for government assistance?  Would you trade places with them, since clearly they're living the life?  I'm pretty sure most of them aren't high fiving each other for how they've managed to outsmart taxpayers.  They probably just wish they weren't poor. 

 

This kind of hatred and blind self righteousness is what will be the demise of this country.  Thank God those of us in higher education who will one day be leading this country don't agree with you.

Sep 18, 2012 6:18PM
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Romney is a 1% percenter, talking to the 1%.
Sep 18, 2012 6:16PM
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Republicans will need to reinvent their current party if they hope to win in 2016.

Right now, Republicans are split into 3 groups:

1) Extreme right-wing religious f***-tards who are no different than terrorists and want to institute a Christian Sharia Law in this country. These people will put BIGGER government into your personal lives, restrict rights from individuals, and destroy the country. They are the single greatest threat to America.

2) Libertarian minded Republicans who honestly want less government. These are the Republicans who voted for  Ron Paul in the primaries. They want government out of marriage, bedrooms, business, education, growing plants, everything.

3) Fiscal conservative Republicans who are liberal minded on social policies. They are typically called moderate and supported Romney 1.0, not the current iteration. They want a conservative holding the federal purse strings, but do not agree with the big government social agenda that their counterparts push. These are the Republicans who do NOT believe that "rape babies are a gift from god" or that "homosexuals are abominations".

Unless the party is reinvented and comes together in agreement, these 3 groups will further tear it apart and make it increasingly difficult to win an election.
Sep 18, 2012 6:16PM
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Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan bring a moral compass approach to the Financial and Emotional Roles Americans face.  To entitle Obama with four more years of ego driven approaches would be a major error. Romney may not sound right in campaign words...he may be guessing a little about behaviors and perceptions, but when it comes time to get America moving Forward Again Romney/Ryan have the "right stuff"...just as our original Astronauts did in our challenge to get to the Moon...driven by LBJ, who formed NASA in 1959, was our most productive President in critical legislation, in a time of tough turmoil...Kennedy's Vietnam war, Kennedy's Cuba missile crisis...solved by LBJ in discussions with Dubrynin about abandoning Cold War Missles in Checkaslovikia, bringing the Great Society to America...Voters Rights, Civil Rights, Medicare, update of Social Security, the beginning of a "Colorblind Society,"  the appointment of a Justice with color, based on merit, He made certain the Peace Core worked, and created the Job Core.  Obama has not been anything close to being a President who works within the framework of government...he has been a President by Executive Order, he does not have vision, does not understand an understand a budget, how it is timed to the growth of companies large and small...he did not even submit a Budget when he had control of the full House and Senate.  Obama has been a disgrace to America, and he is not a person regarded with affection around the globe! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Sep 18, 2012 6:15PM
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Since America is on a steep fiscal cliff it seems that Mitt Romney is absolutely correct in his analysis.  Unless the Federal Government reins in the massive spending programs, totally reforms the tax code, and eliminates the wasteful and even fraudulent spending, the totally unsustainable entitlement programs will collapse under their tremendous weight.  The Obama Administration's plans to spend greater amounts of borrowed money to "stimulate" the economy is fantasy because it is historically impossible to spend ourselves to prosperity.  In addition, the onerous regulations now imposed on both large and small companies prevent them from hiring or expanding.  One needs only to look in every community in the nation to see the closed doors and shuttered factories to know that those in private industry can no longer compete.  Adding more government jobs produces nothing tangible nor exportable, further dragging down the economy.  It appears the present administration's intent is to continue failed policies and that is why a person with proven business acumen is what America needs for economic recovery and prosperity!
Sep 18, 2012 6:15PM
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HE IS CORRECT,, THEIR FREELOADES, WHINNERS, BOOT LICKS, WALFARE SUCKING CHEATS, GENATIC MISSASSIGNMENTS, HALF-WITS, AND THOSE ARE JUST THE PEOPLE WHO WORK FOE MSNBC... THE 'people' HE IS REFERING TO WOULD VOTE FOR O.J. SIMSPSON IF HE GAVE THEM FREE BEER, FREE EAT, FREE STUFF...
Sep 18, 2012 6:14PM
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Half of Americans ARE losers.  Why else would so many be on the dole?  The dropouts, the illiterates, the Occupiers, or the chronic Welfare set?  You call these winners?  Watch Leno if you want to see some losers.  Those street trash don't even know who Washington or Lincoln were.
Sep 18, 2012 6:14PM
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But thanks for the beer recipe Mr. President, that'll help tremendously in my quest for employment.
Sep 18, 2012 6:13PM
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I read these responses and I laugh. Why? because I wonder if ANYONE reads. Or, do they just regurgitate the same rhetoric over and over. There is a reason reading is fundamental. And, a reason why the spin doctors are constantly throwing numbers in your face. Because if they left it up to you to research the truth, you would find out just how far you are being led astray. IT IS TRUE  47% of Americans paid no FEDERAL INCOME Taxes last year. IT IS NOT TRUE that they payed NO TAXES. They paid into Social Security, Medicaid, Property and state taxes. They paid fuel taxes just like all the rest of us. In many cases they paid a greater percentage of their incomes than most of the rest of us. But, you will not hear that. What you hear and believe is they paid NO TAXES. And, have you ever wondered why? Why? Nope just they have not paid taxes. That is what they say that must be the truth. What ever happened to believe half of what you read and none of what you hear? Well let me tell you I for one ALWAYS want to know WHY. So I do research. And I do not go to my favorite left or right wing site to get the truth. I look for studies by qualified people, learned people, and people who Actually have nothing to lose or gain by telling the truth. And usually you will find the truth. So why did only 53% of Americans pay taxes? Do you really want to know? If I show you will it really  make a difference? Probably not. You are so stuck in what you believe you will not see the truth. But, here you go:
http://taxvox.taxpolicycenter.org/2011/07/27/why-do-people-pay-no-federal-income-tax-2/
The real unadulterated truth. I would tell you what this article say but then it would defeat the purpose of my response. That is......TO GET YOU TO LEARN
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