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 6:01PM
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I just don't get how he "blew" it by telling the truth.  Isn't that what everyone has been screaming about for all these years? Transparency, etc..sounds like he's damned if he does and damned if he doesn't.


Sep 18, 2012 6:01PM
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Just watched the video in it's entirity.  It's obvious what we have here is yet another case of msm, with it's head up Obama's ash, taking a video of a republican candidate out of context and blowing it way out of proportion.

 

Of COURSE Romney cares about 100% of the population. 

 

He wants 100% of the population to have safety, live in a strong economy, access to education, freedom, opportunity, pursuit of happiness, etc.  All the things a government SHOULD provide. 

 

What he does not want to do is try to support an entire population financially. 

 

If you can not understand that it should not be government's role to support those who wont support themselves, and that any government that attempts to do so is on a self-destructive path to diseaster, than I suppose you'll never get it. 

Sep 18, 2012 6:01PM
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<<< FINALLY he framed the major election issue that captures the essence of differences between the candidates. A choice between takers and makers.>>> I love it!!!
Sep 18, 2012 6:01PM
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I've got no problem with half the people paying no federal income tax, in fact I'd like to see ALL the people pay no federal income tax! If we Reduced federal spending to 1993 levels we wouldn't need to pay federal income tax.

Unless of course we need to maintain the warfare/welfare state we're currently drowning in.

One thing is for sure.. neither Rmoney or nObama is going to do anything to help.

Sep 18, 2012 6:01PM
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If I had been born a criminal shyster bankster then life would be great. People like this can do things like almost destroy the world and cause the greatest financial collapse since the Great Depression and not be proscuted and not jailed.

If I had been born to be an irresponsible and feckless leader in our corrupt government then I would be a winner. But because I am a college educated (paid for 80-percent of it), and an unemployed 58-year-old who was cut loose because an oil company said that I would have job until somebody didn't like me and then I would not, well that makes me a loser. And if I have to break into my phony pension (my 401K) the government still wants its 32-percent income tax, or else.

And what about that 47-percent? The one out of every six Americans on foods stamps. The nerve of those losers who live in country where you either work or you starve. And what about those tens of millions of American school children who rely upon the school lunch and breadfast programs as the sole source of nutrition? Stupid kids. The loser Chicago school teachers can't even have a decent strike because the schools have to remain open to feed the children. And what about the one out of every two college graduates that are either under-employed or unemployed, who are living in their parent's basements, in debt up to their eyeballs. What losers!

Funny, but from where I'm standing, it's the Mitt Romneys and the Barack Obamas that are the losers.
Sep 18, 2012 6:01PM
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I don't think this would be a person that I would vote for . I pay my taxs and have work very hard just to make ends meet . For him to say that  the middle class americans don't pay or don't pay enough taxe's is a stupid thing for anybody to say . Lets let the Rich get Richer and the poor get poorer And lets tax the middle class more that seems to be the answer that he is sending. And lets let those who make $ 250,000 or more pay less tax . Think about it people vote for Romney and that's just what is going to happen not to minchin all the cuts he is going to do to people on S.S.  Medicare  and the list goes on.
Sep 18, 2012 6:01PM
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THIS MAN BELIVES WHAT HE SAID AND WILL ACT ON IT.IT IS HARD FOR ME TO BELIEVE HE IS EVEN RUNNING.BEING PRESIDENT IS WHAT HE FEELS ENTITLED TO.A GIANT DOG WHISTLE AND HE GOT CAUGHT AT IT.HE EVEN ASSUMED EVERYONE AT THE FUND RAISER FELT THE WAY HE DID OTHERWISE HE WOULD NOT HAVE SAID IT......IT'S SIMPLE HE IS DONE
Sep 18, 2012 6:00PM
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Of course Romney is right - half the people in this country are idiots - just look at the main stream media and the fact of who elected our current President !! What a shame.

Sep 18, 2012 6:00PM
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I like him even more now.  A truthful President, go figure the media will spin this 100 ways.  What's funny is the ignorance.  He's talking about which way to shift his campaign.  Why would he waste resources on 47% of voters he knows are voting for our complete and utter failure of a President, no matter what.  He needs to focus on voters that want positive change.  It's no different than Obama ignoring those that he knows won't vote for him, no matter what. 
Sep 18, 2012 6:00PM
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He has done and said NOTHING that shows or proves that he can be trusted. At least with Obama, we know where we stand - he inhereted a mess that WE allowed to happen and NOBODY could have fixed it in 4 years....things could be a lot worse for ALL of us right now....
Sep 18, 2012 5:59PM
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I see a lot of posts saying Romney didn't just blow it. Really? He just called 146 and a half million Americans losers. News flash, just because a person does not pay income tax does NOT make them a loser. A lot of us are extremely hard workers that do not take any hand outs from the government! We pay all the other taxes everyone else does like at the gas pumps and on the purchase of everything else. It's called deductions idiots or have you never filed your own tax returns. Oh yes, probably not because you can afford to pay someone else to do it. Your personal accountant could probably clue you in on how it works. You make an income (not to be confused with the millions your mommy and daddy left in an account for you) from what ever job you do and then the you get these things called deductions. For children and being married and interest on loans just to name a few. They have been around for quite a while so it's not something the Democrats just came up with under our current Presidents term. As a family we do not qualify for any hand outs and I wouldn't take them anyway but like millions of other Americans we strugle to make ends meet and at the end of the year we pay very little INCOME taxes except for a little to our state. For a presidential candidate to tell me and millions upon millions of other voters we are losers is just plain disgusting and shows how he thinks about the middle and lower classes of Americans. Very typical of a wealthy person looking down their nose at the rest of us.
Sep 18, 2012 5:58PM
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wow...were is the obama just blew it? the middle east is blowing up.what crickets ? ..or unemployment at almost 50 months over 8% when he said it would never reach it...or the lowest number in work force since the 1970s ...what crickets?..how about the us dollar at all time low? and credit rating slipping? what still crickets??

Sep 18, 2012 5:58PM
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The Bible says, if you don't work, you don't eat!...I agree!...with the exception of the very elderly and handicapped, there is no reason for people to be laying around all day watching twisted soap operas named, "As my stomach turns" or "All my filthy adulterating children" etc...We need to get these lazy, fat, worthless, SLOBS out and MAKE THEM WORK...(or shoot them or something). How would it be if all us conservative republicans quit our jobs because we are tired of supporting LOSER SLOBS!...Wow!...There would be no one left to pay these worthless slobs!...Theres an idea!...Lets all quit our jobs at once and ask Obama what he's gonna do now???
Sep 18, 2012 5:57PM
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The way to really clear out the dead rot of progressivism (Obamas base) is to clear your reactive anger and focus on the end game.

Perform a jujitsu/judo maneuver and vote for Obama.  Then withdraw from the system as suggested.  This will effectively put your elbows between the breast plates of the federal government as you throw it over your shoulder and land on it.

Once the shock and awe clears the 47%s mind, they will be enlightened of reality.

Sep 18, 2012 5:56PM
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Its odd how people don't realize he means them or people they love.

Something to think about....
We called our insurance company this morning to proudly take our kids of state health care.  We were told in order to do that they would have to rewrite our policy.  Since I had back surgery in the last year we were told that the company would add the kids but drop coverage on me and my wife.  She suggested we not do it and keep the kids on the state coverage or we would be without coverage.    I am the 47 percent.   That was today.  That is the state of health care in this country.  Re-read that a whole bunch of times until it sinks in. 

Sep 18, 2012 5:56PM
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of course romney blew it. you can't tell  the truth about anything these days because somebody will get offended. what was he thinking!?!?!? especially when these media guys have to make a big deal about it so they can get obama re-elected.
Sep 18, 2012 5:56PM
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@ Josh Barro

WHERE IS THE SECRET AUDIO TAPE OF OBAMA MAKING HIS BACK DOOR DEAL WITH RUSSIA???

MARK MY WORDS, YOU WON'T WRITE ABOUT IT YOU LIBERAL PIECE OF CRAP!!!
Sep 18, 2012 5:54PM
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Everyone and I mean everyone should pay a minimum of 10% of gross earning in taxes.  I don't care how many kids you have, I don't care if you only earned 5,000 per year.  You have to pay tax so you can feel you are a participant in society.  The military, the policy, the public education system, the postal service, etc.all need support of the people.  It is absurd to think you should pay nothing in Federal taxes.  The current welfare president loves losers.  He thrives on the fact that these losers cannot exist without him and his giveaway philosophy.  I would like to see Medicaid reduced to a maximum benefit per year of $10,000.   After the $10,000 your family has to provide for you.  We cannot give and give and give especially now that the country is bankrupt thanks to Obama.  Social Security recepients and medicare recepients are not losers since these people contributed to their befits with taxes they pay before retirement.  No nation can survive by always borrowing money.  At some point you have to say enough is enough and begin to reduce the benefits for the freeloaders.  Obama listen carefully, teach a man to fish, don't give him a fish.  Your continued growth of welfare recipients promotes more welfare, nothing more. I feel sorry for you. You just don't understand and I realize that is because you have no experience and never worked for a living. America the choice is simple Romney for an America that will provide jobs for Americans willing to work or Obama for an America that will lean more and more on welfare and a free handout at the expense of others.
Sep 18, 2012 5:54PM
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This headline is pure "fertilizer" !!
Sep 18, 2012 5:54PM
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Romney is finally calling it like WE see it.  You borrow from Peter to pay Paul, and you get Paul's vote.  Romney is just calling out the Democratic strategy the past 20 years.........  about bloody time. I'm getting tired of this all work no play life of the other half...

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