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 8:58PM
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Josh (author) you're an idiot! Pull your head from the sand and take a look around. There is 47% of Americans that pay no income tax. That leaves the rest of us hard working, tax paying 53% to make up the slack. Theoretically, my tax burden could be seriously cut if those people would get a move on it. Of course there's special cases, truly needy, retirees, veterans, etc. Romney is right. Look around. Romney pays no taxes.... actually he does. He pays what's called Capital Gains tax. It's in the tax code. Because he worked hard, built a business, and has his assets in places other than a normal paycheck, he pays a different tax rate, but he still pays taxes. What this country can't figure out, is that anyone has the opportunity to place their money in the same places Mr. Romney has his, and if they do, and those assets increase in value, they will pay the same tax as Mr. Romney. Of course, building a business is hard work and it's not for everyone. So some will build a business, staying up late, not going to movies, working weekends, not taking a vacation for years, and they will pay an income tax on what they earn while they own it. And when they sell the business and invest the earnings, they will pay the capitol gains tax same as Mr. Romney. For the rest of us, because that person made the effort of starting that company, more of us will have jobs that will generate a normal, income tax deducting paycheck. And still more of us will sit at our desks and squabble because the person that made their job possible pays a little less, yet they should be thankful for that someone else. Simply put the only position that you create for yourself is Entrepreneur. Anything other was created by someone else. If anyone thinks this tax rate is unfair, then petition to change it. Don't hate the man for following the laws and making the most of the opportunities at hand. We all have the same chance, and I'm pretty sure you'll want his tax rate when your shares go up....  ;) He might have blown it, but not because of what he said. The way he could lose the election is because this country has a lot of people that can't handle the ugly truth, and he calls them out on it.
Sep 18, 2012 8:57PM
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Today's republicans tea baggers are the english of 250 years ago .......
Sep 18, 2012 8:56PM
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you got no business being a republican if you are not a millionaire.
Sep 18, 2012 8:54PM
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 Th last laugh is on you when Mitt dumps your home mortgage interest deduction AND the capital gains tax falls to zero
Sep 18, 2012 8:51PM
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 Leona Helmsley loathed the little people too but at least she had respect for her dog
Sep 18, 2012 8:45PM
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President Obama, when he was running for president, said that a $10.6 trillion debt was unpatriotic," Ryan said during a rally in Des Moines. "It’s a $16 trillion debt now, I wonder what he would call that."

Ryan said the share of national debt held by each American has shot up dramatically since the day of Obama's presidential inauguration, skyrocketing from from $35,000 a person to $51,000 a person.

"We can't keep doing this, and if we don’t get ahead of this problem, if we don’t tackle these problems, they will tackle us," Ryan said.


Sep 18, 2012 8:41PM
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"Frankly, we have two very different views about America," Romney said. "The president's view is one of a larger government. There's a tape that just came out today (with) the president saying he likes redistribution. I disagree.

"I think a society based upon a government-centered nation where government plays a larger and larger role, redistributes money, that's the wrong course for America. ... The right course for America is to create growth, create wealth.

Sep 18, 2012 8:02PM
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"V_L - You're living the fantasy"

 

Apparently. My "fantasy" is that Republicans update their passports and high-tail it out of America now that they've destroyed it. The rest of us go back to our careers, restore competence and confidence and actually move us into the 21st Century. Meanwhile, Republicans find out their new "homes" were not as pictured in the brochure and find themselves working at pay rates they wanted the rest of us to.

 

The best we can do, America, is to vote every Republican incumbent out of Office in November and let's get some cooperation voted in that wants recovery and prosperity FOR ALL.

Sep 18, 2012 7:53PM
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That comment about Romney thinking half of Americans are "losers" is complete left wing hyperbole. Oh, that's right, that can't be...only right wingers do that! (sarc).



Sep 18, 2012 7:48PM
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While what Romney said is an oversimplification, it's mostly true. The real problem is a majority or near majority of the people do not want to hear the truth. Yes, I get it, corporate welfare is also a problem. But as another poster said, it seems like everyone is on the take (and pointing fingers at everyone but themselves). This means the SHIP IS GOING DOWN!
Sep 18, 2012 7:47PM
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V_L - You're living the fantasy, pal. No less than Bob Woodward himself has proven that the media (as he appeared on MSNBC) has been misrepresenting Mitch McConnel's statement, and you are furthering the lie.

 

What he said:  We don't want him to fail, we want him to change.He went on to say if Obama would meet them (Republican's) halfway, he would work with Obama.

 

What you said:  Republicans,... blah, blah, ...egomaniacs, ...blah, blah, ...hate, ...blah, blah...

 

Same old rumor based dung.

Sep 18, 2012 7:45PM
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I wonder if all the Republicans who are in the lower socio-economic classes and the eldery Republicans understand that their candidate just referred to them as losers if they don't pay taxes !                                                                                   I wonder if Romney was including the wealthy people who cheat or use loopholes to avoid taxes as well ?
Sep 18, 2012 7:42PM
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If it is one things that die-hard liberals can't stand is the truth-- to day too many people think that they are entitiled a free ride- as an independant voter, retired, and living on the retirement I worked over 40 years to earn, and with parents that grew up in the deppression years, I was taught that no one one was owed a living and if you were physical able to get out and work. I was also taught that Social Security was not a retirement fund, but to supplement help with retirement in a person years when they were no longer able to work, and help with a person's own responsibity to prepare for retirement year when they are working.
Sep 18, 2012 7:42PM
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Wow!  it's amazing to me that when someone speaks the truth they get crucified!  it just goes to show you how far our great country and it's people have fallen.....we would rather hear a lie than face the truth....how dumbed down have we become?   Sometimes the truth is hard to hear,  especially when you're guilty.  what do people think,  this country is just going to fix itself?  At this point,  it's going to take DRAMATIC change from the PEOPLE of this country in the way they think and act to effect a worthwhile change.  The government and the politicians aren't the only culprits.  at least Romney isn't afraid of taking a hard line approach and try a different angle to get this country back on it's feet.  Obama has had four years to help change the country,  we're not in any better shape now than when he took office in 08.  if you don't change the way you do things,  NOTHING will change.  it's not rocket science.  Let's look at ourselves square in the face first, change our attitudes, get off our behinds and get to work!!!!  Then, our president's job will be so much easier....he can then focus on our country, it's economy and most importantly it's people!
Sep 18, 2012 7:40PM
Sep 18, 2012 7:39PM
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"Frankly, we have two very different views about America," Romney said. "The president's view is one of a larger government. There's a tape that just came out today (with) the president saying he likes redistribution. I disagree.

"I think a society based upon a government-centered nation where government plays a larger and larger role, redistributes money, that's the wrong course for America. ... The right course for America is to create growth, create wealth."


Sep 18, 2012 7:34PM
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It's true that this was a stupid comment, but...

 

...Some people may choose to recall last year's "mic on" recording of Obama offering to cut the Russian Medvedev a fat deal, once he's re-elected.

 

Nice.  Cozy up to the guy who's selling nuclear fuel to Iran, and get nothing in return.

Sep 18, 2012 7:33PM
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shame on you sean penn! the embassy attack was "workplace violence"
Sep 18, 2012 7:32PM
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This is probably the most honest thing Romney has ever said.  However, he forgot to mention corporate welfare, such as ethanol subsidies, farm subsidies, milk subsidies, tobacco subsidies, oil depletion allowance, bailout money for GM and the banks, and on and on.  It seems as though everyone is on the take, but only the poor get singled out as freeloaders. Working Americans are the ones paying for all of this welfare. 

Sep 18, 2012 7:32PM
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Mitch McConnell specificly said he was going to target the President and not work with him during apocalyptic conditions in America. McConnell did exactly that. So instead of cooperating, McConnell and thousands of high positioned GOP did their best to prevent the President AND THE NATION from recovering. Use ANY words you choose, but the facts are that a group of egomaniacs destroyed the lives of millions of fellow Americans and Romney's video admittance suggests this is all true.

What will you do when Obama wins and forces the fantasy world of GOP operatives to relocate because they won't cooperate? America wants to recover and progress. It has already tasted New World Order and puked it up. The world isn't protesting Obama, it's telling YOU, no New World Order. Where do you guys go now that every nation hates you?

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