So says Bloomberg’s Josh Barro in an article written in wake of the release of video of the presidential candidate’s remarks at a fundraiser. The internet is full of articles last night and today about Romney’s remarks, with most focusing on this passage:
There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.
[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.
In one fell swoop, Romney equated the 47% of people who pay no income taxes with the supporters of President Barack Obama. Not true. Most of those who don’t pay taxes are his voters, but they aren’t who he thinks they are. Many don’t pay income taxes because they are elderly or poor, although a few are rich.
But even more than that – does Romney think that 47% of voters are what he describes? Thurston Howell indeed.
Honestly, I thought Mitt Romney to be the best of the Republican presidential candidates (save Huntsman, who didn’t have a chance). I was wrong. Turns out, he really will say whatever he thinks folks want to hear. What he believes is anyone’s guess. Or maybe not.
This video provides an answer: He feels that you’re a loser.
And Romney will be the loser on Election Day.