Monday Night Video – The Real Mitt Romney Stands Up
September 17, 2012 7 Comments
Courtesy of Mother Jones, here’s Mitt Romney behind closed doors, explaining what he really feels — that half of the country are freeloaders who depend upon entitlements and don’t really pay taxes.
ROMNEY: 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 on 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….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. 47 percent of Americans pay no income tax….And so my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.
Josh Marshall calls this tape “devastating”:
This is the caricature of Mitt Romney, who was born on 3rd base (in Ann Richards memorable phrase), thinks he hit a triple and thinks the broad middle class who’ve relied on government for student loans or social security or anything else are losers who can’t get their act together and take responsibility for themselves. Only this tape says that caricature Mitt Romney is the real Mitt Romney.
Josh Barro at Bloomberg News writes that this marks the day that Romney lost the 2012 election. I’m more inclined to give that credit to September 5 — the day Bill Clinton spoke at the DNC — but maybe Barro’s right, particularly if the traditional media pays attention to this revelation. Romney flips and flops on all kinds of issues, but has remained remarkably consistent about the importance of the rich getting richer. Was it Jesus who first said “f#ck the poor”?