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.
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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Unlike what "why455" writes below, the 47% figure that Romney referenced is the percentage of Americans who paid zero in Federal taxes. This doesn't automatically include EVERYONE who gets a simple refund. Just because you get a refund "why455" doesn't necesarilly mean you paid zero in taxes. It just means your withholdings were greater than your year end tax liability. Wow. With your educated sounding post below, I guess I know who you're voting for.....
romney too rich for most americans,he has let them eat cake concept
his vp candidate will bury him with his voucher remedy
republicans could have had better runners for their rich man politics
Myself: I work in the Oil Industry and make 6 figures. I consider myself hard working and most people can't and/or wont work till its done. If 47% of the people are on the Dole; then You have already lost the battle. You won't get those 47% off in your life time; without a serious breech in agreements world wide. 30% of those people use to do the Manufacturing jobs
Outsourced to China, Brazil, Mexico, and there working on taking those jobs to Vietnam now as I type. This was done to move you into a Green Economy by the same people who by chance sell global warming. Since it didn't work; and they sold the Farm Already the economy was going to take a beating. Now these folks alone aren't to blame; You had the banking industry conspire to take away your wealth and build a Federal Reserve largely considered a conspiracy theory 40 years ago.
They got the Fractional lending policies in place; they got the Monopoly in place and now they finance the world itself through this method. It is a method, and has worked and served well mankind for a long period of time. The new game plan in place will be similar though with different players involved.
America isn't America no more and it wasn't Obama, Bush 2, Clinton, Bush 1, Regan, Jimmy Carter all the way to Woodrow Wilson who signed in these Methods. It was all of them; the Occupy movement got traction because its the method that has now been used to choke off competition. They just weren't up to the task; of figure heads and other methods needed to get it through the general public.
So get ready for the collapse and Reset.
The violent solutions are usually the progressive/socialist way. Please tone that down.
We only respond when they come looking for our EARNED resources.
The sad part of this next election is that the idiots who voted last time for Obama never learned there lesson. There are a lot f very very very stupid people in America!!! Romney got in trouble saying the truth and that isnt what voters want to hear.
Funny, the loser grandson of the worst President in history, Carter; trying to help the worst President in history.
Mitt doesn't have a propaganda machine in ABCNBCPBSBBCMSNBCYAHOO, he has his faith his love for our country and millions of us.
You want what Barry wants? There are plenty of counties already there! They are broke with high crime, few rights left, squandered billions, but you'd love it!
SPAIN, PORTUGAL, GREECE, UK, IRELAND, ETC ETC.
Why the long wait since May for the story to break? Appears to be "news managing" by the press to help Obama now that the ### has hit
the fan in the Middle East. Yes, some of the 46-47% include seniors now on Social Security and Medicare. BUT, those folks paid into the
government mandated system for decades and are now cashing out. What none of the press has disclosed are the numbers who are
benefiting from all the government programs without ever contributing a dime. Glad we got a presidential candidate willing to speak out.
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