Monday, September 17, 2012

In Quiet Mansions Romney Says What He Really Thinks

Update: While Chuck Todd tried to give Romney an out tonight, saying that maybe Mitt didn't believe what he was saying and was just saying it to impress the crowd, Romney says, no, no, he meant it.  I posted the bumble below. And this just in... the Romney camp has a new strategy. Meanwhile, over at WaPo, Ezra Klein says it's not true that 47% don't pay income taxes.

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.

In quiet mansions (or maybe not, seeing as the owner throws parties with live sex acts), among his fellow wealthy, Romney confesses he thinks Americans are freeloaders. I guess we are right about Romney. See the rest of the video clips here.

Romney says Obama is corrupt and that no one who voted for him likes him:

Hello, I'm Mitt Romney, and I'm an arse. I'd love to be in a room with him with a dunk tank and/or pies.

Here is a map (percent by state) showing people who don't pay income taxes -- mostly red states, where they'll vote for Romney, so Mitt is all wrong in his branding of 47% of Americans. These people pay other taxes. They don't pay income taxes, by the way, because they don't make enough money, not because they've hidden millions in overseas bank accounts. Who else doesn't pay income taxes? Elderly and students:

Statement from the Obama campaign:
CHICAGO – “It's shocking that a candidate for President of the United States would go behind closed doors and declare to a group of wealthy donors that half the American people view themselves as ‘victims,’ entitled to handouts, and are unwilling to take ‘personal responsibility’ for their lives. It’s hard to serve as president for all Americans when you’ve disdainfully written off half the nation.” – Jim Messina, Obama for America Campaign Manager