No, Romney didn’t just lose the election

posted at 8:41 am on September 18, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

I got home late last night and missed most of the hysteria over Mitt Romney’s remarks at a fundraiser in May, but I’m glad to see I didn’t miss all of it.  Here’s Josh Barro at Bloomberg, telling us we can take a 50-day nap, because the election is all over now that Romney has described 47% of voters as victims:

You can mark my prediction now: A secret recording from a closed-door Mitt Romney fundraiser, released today 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.

I’m not going to argue that it’s good for Romney.  This is what comes from candidates attempting to become political analysts on the campaign trail.  Newt Gingrich made this same mistake during the primaries, and it caused him headaches as well.  Candidates need to stick to their message, and shrug off questions about strategy; that’s for staffers to leak to the media.  When candidates forget that, they end up producing sound bites that sound like this, or like Howard Dean’s reality-defying 2004 “Yeargh!” moment in Iowa.

But if quips won elections, I have dozens more damaging in the Obamateurism series than this. This one is hardly fatal, at least in part because Romney is actually on solid ground in terms of the math, as the Daily Beast pointed out last night:

Jim Messina, Obama campaign manager, called the statement “shocking” and “disdainful.” Gail Gitcho, Romney communication director, said that it showed that the former governor really is “concerned about the growing number of people who are dependent on the federal government.” But ham-handed, principled, offensive, or otherwise, Romney’s words were clearly one thing: true. Here are the facts.

According to the Tax Policy Center, a partnership of the liberal Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution, 46.4 percent of American filers pay “zero or negative” income tax. …

Paying no income tax is one thing. Being “dependent on government” is another. But under a broad definition of government dependence—that is, receiving federal entitlements—more than 47 percent of us are in Romney’s category. According to the Census Bureau, 49 percent of Americans live in a household that receives a government entitlement for “health care” through Medicaid or Medicare, “food” through stamps, disability, Social Security, or a “housing” assistance program. Most of these benefits are not paid for by their recipients, but by federal deficits. The gap between promises and anticipated funds for Social Security is $8.6 trillion for the next 75 years, according to the government’s own estimates (PDF). For Medicare, it’s $27 trillion.

Of course, sometimes perception outruns facts, and the perception of Romney as out of touch with the working class has already been advanced by Team Obama.  The problem with the whole “the election is over” analysis is that it defies history — and recent history at that.  Almost exactly four years earlier, in another fundraiser secretly taped by an attendee, a major-party nominee made the same mistake as Romney and offered some political analysis of why large numbers of voters were probably unreachable in an election.  The nominee — some also-ran named Barack Obama — told his urbane San Francisco crowd of supporters that people in the hinterlands were xenophobic and clung bitterly to their religion and guns in hard times, and would be difficult to win over.  In fact, Obama made oblique references to that argument prior to that tape, occasionally talking about the handicap of having a “funny name” would be with some voters.

That is almost exactly the same kind of argument Romney made, only in the context of government assistance.  How’d that work out for Obama?  Not too bad, as I recall.

This instant-toast analysis is the product of a media with too much pressure to be profound and not enough perspective to resist it.  We like to think that one utterance can decide elections, but it’s really not the case.  For instance, pundits will talk about how Jimmy Carter’s decision to cite his teenage daughter as an expert in a response to a debate question on the biggest issue facing the world lost him the election, but it was the Iran hostage crisis and massive stagflation that made Carter a one-term President.  His predecessor was supposedly set to win until he asserted in a debate that Poland wasn’t under Soviet domination, but Gerald Ford lost that election when he pardoned Richard Nixon two years earlier; after Watergate and the pardon, Republicans weren’t going to keep the White House.  Similarly, we like to think that John McCain lost the election in 2008 when he announced that he would suspend his campaign to return to Washington in the wake of the economic collapse, but after eight years of George Bush, war fatigue, and the economic collapse itself, the likelihood of any Republican winning that election looks close to nil in retrospect.  And perhaps the election of the least-experienced executive in modern American presidential history that year bears that analysis out, too.

In the end, the American people will decide this election not on quips but on records and policy, as they always have.


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Finally. A grown up analysis. I might even go further in being hopeful that the 6% of independents out there realize that it’s time to force some of the 47% to get back in the game.

BettyRuth on September 18, 2012 at 8:45 AM

This is an utter disaster for Romney.

Aren’t they always demanding the truth? Why don’t they like it when they get it?

Jim Messina, Obama campaign manager, called the statement “shocking” and “disdainful.”

On that I can agree with. How did we get to this point?

cozmo on September 18, 2012 at 8:46 AM

All Romney really needs to do is apologize for the “victim” part. Its not their fault they had to live through the Obama economy after all.

Zaggs on September 18, 2012 at 8:46 AM

It never ceases to amaze me that in an election understood to be a “base turnout” election that the msm scream bloody murder when Romney says things the right 100 percent endorse.

rob verdi on September 18, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Nope! Romney inadvertently helped his chances as this will be a major backfire for the MSM.

HoustonRight on September 18, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Well. Call me worn out. Can’t help it. Just am. Yes, I will go vote, out up yard signs etc. I’m just worn out and I am still waiting for the Romney media blitz …

djl130 on September 18, 2012 at 8:47 AM

THIS IS GOOD for Romney, because his comments are true and EVERYONE knows it.

THEY are the 47% – WE are AMERICA!

Pork-Chop on September 18, 2012 at 8:47 AM

I don’t know maybe Romney should set a goal in his first term to cut in half the number of people not paying income tax, not by changing the law but by increasing their income.

meci on September 18, 2012 at 8:48 AM

BettyRuth on September 18, 2012 at 8:45 AM

You had the funniest comment last night..the one where Romney could sleep late, contribute money to off shore accounts, drink a 24 oz Pepsi,…and you would still run over little old ladies to vote against Obama. Brightened my evening.

esr1951 on September 18, 2012 at 8:48 AM

And – I was just being honest. So don’t claw me to pieces.

djl130 on September 18, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Oh please… This is great for Romney. Now we are talking about two stark ideologies… One that is Free Enterprise Economy and one that is Government Centered Economy… People need to make choice in this election between these two visions… Most voters who are hearing this statement agree with Romney 100%… In fact many of the 47% who pay no taxes think that they are part of the 53% who pay taxes and also agree with Romney…

mnjg on September 18, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Jim Messina, Obama campaign manager, called the statement “shocking” and “disdainful.”

Shocking?

Disdainful?

Sounds like “you didn’t build that”.

itsspideyman on September 18, 2012 at 8:49 AM

The Democrat Media is in Full Lewinsky Mode.

Del Dolemonte on September 18, 2012 at 8:50 AM

I’m not going to argue that it’s good for Romney. This is what comes from candidates attempting to become political analysts on the campaign trail…..Candidates need to stick to their message, and shrug off questions about strategy; that’s for staffers to leak to the media.

Yeah, people hate it when a candidate tells the truth. Bring out the Etch-A-Sketch guy again to speak on Romney’s behalf instead! That’ll fire up the base!

whatcat on September 18, 2012 at 8:50 AM

At this point, turn to Ryan to reinforce the message that our programs cost money, and that half the country is paying for the non-paying half to enjoy those programs. That’s Ryan’s natural message anyway. Campaign HARD on the 53% – Most people who vote DO have jobs, and DO pay taxes through their paycheck. They aren’t the 47%.

juanito on September 18, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Talking heads like Chuck Todd were already saying Romney lost the election before. More of the same BS.

Wigglesworth on September 18, 2012 at 8:50 AM

On another point, some of us will argue this allows the msm to talk about anything but Obama, but if not this it would be something else, just vote, ignore the dem media alliance and we will win.

rob verdi on September 18, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Mitt Romney is really concerned about the 47%. Really.

From Mitt Romney in the tape:

“My job is NOT to worry about those people (the 47%). I’ll never convince them they should take responsibility and care for their lives.”

Two points:

1)Is it any wonder Romney trails Obama in the double digits on the issue of empathy?

2)Why should Romney even go there on the question of him being able or not able to convince “adults” to take responsibility for their lives?

Running as Republican, Romney should know his job is to facilitate and lay the groundwork for opportunity to flourish so Americans can themselves take full advantage of it.

But bottom line: Romney should not have gone there. Instead he should have focused on how government overregulation and legislation constrains opportunity and not blame or cast aspersions on 47% of the population he deems as victims.

technopeasant on September 18, 2012 at 8:50 AM

It’s the sort of message that might resonate with voters here in the Philly swing suburbs, as we are all to aware of how much money we pay in federal, state and local (wage tax if you work in Philly) taxes for the money pit known as Philadelphia.

Wethal on September 18, 2012 at 8:51 AM

I might even go further in being hopeful that the 6% of independents out there realize that it’s time to force some of the 47% to get back in the game.

This. And I’d add that there are people in the 47% who would like to get back into the game but can’t under the current administration. A lot of people are going on disability now because they can’t find work and their unemployment benefits have run out. You can get by on SSI disability and doing odd jobs for cash, but it’s not much of a life.

Mr. D on September 18, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Nothing to see here. Move along.

onetrickpony on September 18, 2012 at 8:51 AM

This was the best advertisement for Romney yet.

The Count on September 18, 2012 at 8:51 AM

I’m surprised they didn’t sit on this another month. Would have been more effective with days instead of weeks to go. Some people may not know that almost half the country has no tax liability and might now get upset by that.

cadams on September 18, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Actually, this made me like him better. He should just start talking this way on the stump.
He made his biggest gains when he came out attacking on conservative principles and picked Ryan back in early August. Since then he’s retreated to Casper the friendly Ghost.
Turn Ryan loose and release the Kraken on Obama and the entitlement state.
Voters are looking for plain talk and truth. Give it to them.

Curmudgeon on September 18, 2012 at 8:53 AM

This is an utter disaster for Romney.

Meh, if the Obamaite media didn’t proclaim that every hour on the hour everyday it might be more believable.

whatcat on September 18, 2012 at 8:53 AM

For years conservatives have been trying to get out there that 47% of Americans don’t pay federal income tax. We’ve been trying to push that THAT is the truly unfair part of our tax code, not what the 1% pay.

Yet the narrative the media has reinforced over and over is that the rich “aren’t paying their fair share,” even though the facts prove that the top 5% pay more than half of all income tax.

So this “gaffe”, because the media thinks they found their dagger for Romney’s campaign, will finally get the truth out there. It’s a Trojan horse and the media is going to run it over and over again. Their fact checks will say he’s right while they try to paint him as uncaring, while the people finally learn the truth. Many will go to the internet and see if he’s right.

And many who didn’t know this will be pissed, and start completely ignoring that “fair share” crap Obama is spewing and vote GOP

PastorJon on September 18, 2012 at 8:53 AM

The 47% needs to be reduced to the 5% safety net figure. Romney inadvertently hit a home run that resonates across the USA.

Mr. Sun on September 18, 2012 at 8:53 AM

I’m not going to argue that it’s good for Romney.

I will. It’s good for Romney. He’s now completely solidified his base and this argument will persuade undecideds to vote for him.

WordsMatter on September 18, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Well…Conservatives (including this one) have been waiting for Mitt to shoot straight with the American people…And he did.

The question being asked today is: was this a good thing or a bad thing?

If this speech was some sort of stealth campaign, designed to beclown the Obama Campaign and their sycophantic Media Lackeys, then, congratulations, Mitt…well done.

If it was a comment given under the illusion of privacy, then all I can say is he needs to learn from the 1980 Campaign of Ronald Reagan:

In order to achieve the landslide victory which we all hope that he will have, as Ronaldus Magnus achieved, Romney needs to be a UNITER, not a DIVIDER.

We have one of those living at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave already.

kingsjester on September 18, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Let’s see on one hand, Romney tells the truth about the 47% who don’t pay taxes. That’s “shocking” and “disdainful.”

On the other hand, the middle east is on fire.

Hmmm—let’s lead with Romney.

dirtseller on September 18, 2012 at 8:53 AM

But but that Romney guy… Oh my…. He discounted 50% of voters. Lost election already.

antisocial on September 18, 2012 at 8:54 AM

TRUTH.
Oh noes, someone talked disparagingly about the “takers.” It’s very sad, but true – if you are on the govt teat you are pretty unlikely to vote against your own self interest. And since one party favors vote buying through unlimited govt programs, we’re keep seeing a larger number on the teat. It’s amazing what a little of the people’s cash can do to an otherwise grounded person. Look at farmers – generally a more family values conservative group, but you start boosting their profits by subsidizing ethanol and start covering their losses when they have a bad year AND pow! Obama voters!

Free Indeed on September 18, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Romney told the truth and if that upsets Obama and his parasitic constituents then so be it. There comes a time when one must stop the pandering, take a stand, join the fight and let the chips fall where they may. Romney defined the core issue in this election and if we don’t face it head on then we have lost before we start.

rplat on September 18, 2012 at 8:54 AM

I`m not losing sleep over it, I applaud the man for speaking THE TRUTH, in the end this “gaffe” will pay dividends.

NY Conservative on September 18, 2012 at 8:54 AM

In the end, the American people will decide this election not on quips but on records and policy, as they always have.

Ed, I’m going to disagree with you here. Obama was elected on “hope and change” and the illusion that he was some sort of messiah who was going to heal the Earth, make the sea levels drop and make the whole world love us, because of his presence. He was an unknown entity, promoted and fawned on by a groveling media, and people who don’t pay much attention beyond who will be the guest host of next week’s SNL ate it up.

Maybe I’m getting more cynical in my old age, but I see that the American electorate relies more on image than substance these days. Based on this, I’d say that Romney had a bad day, and his media whores will exploit it to the max.

simkeith on September 18, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Sounds like Obama desperately needs a break from the results of his criminally insane and incompetent foreign policy.

claudius on September 18, 2012 at 8:54 AM

I’m surprised they didn’t sit on this another month. Would have been more effective with days instead of weeks to go.

cadams on September 18, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Who knows what else the left has on Romney. I’m sure there’s more that will be dropped in the weeks ahead.

WordsMatter on September 18, 2012 at 8:55 AM

oh, look! another BS gaffe we can cover instead of the implosion in the Middle East

Slade73 on September 18, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Mitt Romney is really concerned about the 47%. Really.

From Mitt Romney in the tape:

“My job is NOT to worry about those people (the 47%). I’ll never convince them they should take responsibility and care for their lives.”
Two points:

1)Is it any wonder Romney trails Obama in the double digits on the issue of empathy?

2)Why should Romney even go there on the question of him being able or not able to convince “adults” to take responsibility for their lives?

Running as Republican, Romney should know his job is to facilitate and lay the groundwork for opportunity to flourish so Americans can themselves take full advantage of it.

But bottom line: Romney should not have gone there. Instead he should have focused on how government overregulation and legislation constrains opportunity and not blame or cast aspersions on 47% of the population he deems as victims.

technopeasant on September 18, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Do you really believe that this is bad for Romney? He just stated the truth and a majority of voters agree with it… In fact many of those 47% think that they are part of the 53% and totally agree with him…

mnjg on September 18, 2012 at 8:55 AM

He’ll be finished – if he apologises.

mudskipper on September 18, 2012 at 8:56 AM

All Romney really needs to do is apologize

Zaggs on September 18, 2012 at 8:46 AM

heh.

sesquipedalian on September 18, 2012 at 8:56 AM

As I said in the other thread, Romney may need to finesse the remarks, but I’m glad he’s sticking by them. He’s speaking for the silent majority, the people who’ve been showing up at tea party rallies and town halls and voting RINOs out in the primaries. We’re headed toward a fiscal cliff and everyone(even Obama) knows this. The problem is no one has the guts to tell the people sucking on the government teat that this gravy train is going to come to an end very soon either by choice or through forced austerity measures ala Greece and Spain.

I hope Romney uses this opportunity to frame the debate that this election is all about. Unleash Paul Ryan and let him go out there and articulate the budget crisis the way no other politician can. And demand answers from Obama. How is he going to pay for the massive spending of the last 4 years and what he’s proposed going forward? And no, raising taxes on the top 2% of income earners won’t be close to enough.

Doughboy on September 18, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Guess we’re about to find out whether Jack Nicholson was right:

“You can’t handle the truth!”

cool breeze on September 18, 2012 at 8:56 AM

I tell you what, Obama’s camp is pretty smart. Ever notice when there is an inkling that Obama is starting to get some heartburn about an issue (in this case, the embassy debacle)-there is always something they got in reserve to pivot to to change the subject. Romney has yet to learn how to pivot to throw stuff back at Obama. Romney needs to start getting mean-he has to stop being so timid and worrying about people’s feelings.

Static21 on September 18, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Romney told the truth and if that upsets Obama and his parasitic constituents then so be it. There comes a time when one must stop the pandering, take a stand, join the fight and let the chips fall where they may. Romney defined the core issue in this election and if we don’t face it head on then we have lost before we start.

rplat on September 18, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Spot on, lets have this debate.

rob verdi on September 18, 2012 at 8:57 AM

I’m surprised they didn’t sit on this another month. Would have been more effective with days instead of weeks to go. Some people may not know that almost half the country has no tax liability and might now get upset by that.

cadams on September 18, 2012 at 8:53 AM

I think I read on Twitter last night that the “secret video” guys have more tape to release…

visions on September 18, 2012 at 8:58 AM

The independent voters who will decide this election will appreciate Romney’s remarks. This is another ” you didn’t build that moment” and it’s not going to turn out well for Obama.

eyedoc on September 18, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Zzzzz.

Struggling to be outraged over this. Living in Philly for 10 years, there are far more than 47% in the region who contribute little or nothing to the system and are life-long tax eaters.

That experience, I’m willing to bet, is not limited to Philly.

Good Lt on September 18, 2012 at 8:58 AM

People: Obama gives us so much fodder, that Hot Air is able to have an Obamateutrism of the day.

Yet, I am suppose to believe Romney’s reality based statement cost him the election???


I talked to a friend who is neighbors with a Black Baptist Church in Tennessee — parishoners report that they are so unhappy with Obama’s stance on gay marriage that THEY ARE SITTING OUT THE ELECTION. Silvio Canto recently had a program that shows HISPANIC AMERICANS SAT OUT THE MOST RECENT ELECTION and he doesn’t see any sign of that changing. Young Americans absolutely don’t care about Obama.

Bonus: Romney, with his second press conference, has officially answered far more questions this past week than Obama has for the past 2 years.

Mutnodjmet on September 18, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Ahh the Lefty reaction is strong and the veil slips yet again. Rich people don’t deserve to be rich (You didn’t build that), and poor people don’t deserve to be poor (it’s Unjust). But riddle me this, Batman: If poor people don’t deserve it, and it’s bad, then they ARE victims. If they deserve it, then the conversation is over. The only logical conclusion left, is that being poor isn’t a bad thing. The left believes it’s a good thing? It would explain why they want to constantly increase subsidies for poverty, because, like green energy, when we subsidize something, we are trying to get more of it, right?

trubble on September 18, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Romney’s contempt for –lor complete lack of understanding of — the lives of millions of people who worked hard for decades and live on Social Security, working poor who pay federal (social security) taxes at virtually the same rate as Millionaire Mitt, and the involuntary unemployed is appalling, revealing, and expected.

I wouild like to see him head to Ohio to explain to an unemployed factory worker how he (the une,ployed worker) is a pathetic leech for taking unemployment insurance to fee his family, and thenm ask for his vote.

He didn’t lose, but confirming the worst stereotypes about yourself never helps.

urban elitist on September 18, 2012 at 9:00 AM

He just stated the truth and a majority of voters agree with it… In fact many of those 47% think that they are part of the 53% and totally agree with him…
mnjg on September 18, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Yup. And the bottom line is you get such folks as just the topping on the 53% cake.

whatcat on September 18, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Wait, the election was declared over last week when Romney dared to question the chosen one’s foreign policy. How can it be over again? Oh that’s right, it didn’t swing the polls in Obama’s favor. So, now it’s REALLY over this time.

The media strategery from now to election day is to declare everything Romney says as out of touch, proof he couldn’t be President or that it shows the election is over. They have nothing else to try and bring him down in this manner. It’s the only contribution they can provide besides covering for Bambi’s ineptness.

Mitt said what most of us talk about on a regular basis. If anything, it will rally the base, and hopefully, wake up enough independents to take him across the finishline.

Rockshine on September 18, 2012 at 9:01 AM

According to the Tax Policy Center, a partnership of the liberal Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution, 46.4 percent of American filers pay “zero or negative” income tax.

Proof. 47% is not 46.4 % ! ( as per the administrations denial that 8.26% unemployment is NOT 8.3%).

There is a call in to Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee to confirm the recording was doctored.

Oh, and ….squirrel !!!!! The economy still sux (QE3) and foreign policy is a failure. Carry on.

socalcon on September 18, 2012 at 9:01 AM

haha, there’s more:

On Israel, Romney Trashes Two-State Solution

“All right, we have a potentially volatile situation but we sort of live with it, and we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it.”

leadership!

sesquipedalian on September 18, 2012 at 9:01 AM

I swear I saw this video back in May.The MSM is just now getting around to it.Is this their Sept.surprise?

docflash on September 18, 2012 at 9:02 AM

If Romney lost the election already then why this as reported on Drudge?

HoustonRight on September 18, 2012 at 9:02 AM

leadership!

sesquipedalian on September 18, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Wow. You’ve been around here more the last few days than you have all year.

Is xlerod paying you double-time or, are you just that worried?

kingsjester on September 18, 2012 at 9:03 AM

To djl130,

Nice website, you know some pix are copyrighted, make sure you keep up on that.

I don’t know where you are, but here is where the ad blitz is occuring. In battleground states, on local network stations, like where your abc, nbc, cbs, fox local stations are; on your cable network on ads that are available to the local cable company to sell, and on the radio, stations that have wide reach.

If you are not in a battleground state, you can see the ads on the Mitt Romney.com website. If you have not gone there, go there and click on States for info on events in your area. If you live in a solid blue state for presidential elections, just feel free to explore neighboring states for events you can attend. I live in a blue state, there is nothing here, but I signed up for NH notices and went there for an event. Lots of fun. Paul Ryan is in NH this morning, but it sounded like you had to sit outside to enjoy the event if you did not fit inside, and it looks like rain.

Well, you can see all the ads on the Romney website.

A lot of people never noticed before this year, but the campaigns cannot afford the prices of network advertising except in targeted areas.

Isn’t it a funny thing that it is the media that is always joining in the chorus that there is too much money in politics? and then they charge outrageous amounts to air your tv/radio ads?

Fleuries on September 18, 2012 at 9:03 AM

What will Bark say, that 50% of the nation not paying income tax is a good thing, especially when accompanied by record numbers of peeps on welfare, disability and food stamps?

Bring out the math on behalf of the producers, we need to be heard for once.

Bishop on September 18, 2012 at 9:03 AM

I would like to go a week without a headline that begins “Romney defends comments ….” Mitt needs to get some headlines for something neutral or good.

J.S.K. on September 18, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Don’t run from it, own it.

GCM on September 18, 2012 at 9:04 AM

I think I read on Twitter last night that the “secret video” guys have more tape to release…

visions on September 18, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Romney told them to release it all on his presser last nite.

gracie on September 18, 2012 at 9:04 AM

esr1951 on September 18, 2012 at 8:48 AM

3

Thanks- The hand wringing thread needed a laugh!

BettyRuth on September 18, 2012 at 9:05 AM

IF this begins to hurt Romney, all he has to do is pull a Democrat and say ” Hey, I didn’t say that. You guys misinterpreted what I meant.”
Works for them every time.

BTW. I agrre with what he said. It is a tough truth.

Jabberwock on September 18, 2012 at 9:05 AM

leadership!

sesquipedalian on September 18, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Wow. You’ve been around here more the last few days than you have all year.

Is xlerod paying you double-time or, are you just that worried?

kingsjester on September 18, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Mysteriously absent on certain threads that rhyme with “Fast and Furious”.

Bishop on September 18, 2012 at 9:05 AM

“My job is not to worry about those people,”

Given that he was being asked about campaign strategy, not governing policy, that remark makes perfect sense and is defensible if not correct.

In terms of campaign strategy, Romney’s job is indeed to worry about the people who are persuadable, not the people who won’t vote for him no matter what.

JohnTant on September 18, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Romney provided an excellent and spot on analysis of the situation and the media reacts like children……ho hum. Rommey is going to win 41-43 states. obama is the worst president in American history.

Redstone357 on September 18, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Not that I’m necessarily and eeyore like Allahpundit, but Ed, if this is true, then how do you explain Todd Akin? Is it different in his case because he is being repudiated by both liberals and conservatives? Are these secret recordings of fund-raiser “gaffes” non-issues as long as your side it behind you?

GeorgiaBuckeye on September 18, 2012 at 9:07 AM

haha, there’s more:

On Israel, Romney Trashes Two-State Solution

“All right, we have a potentially volatile situation but we sort of live with it, and we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it.”

leadership!

sesquipedalian on September 18, 2012 at 9:01 AM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! OMG THAT IS FUNNY! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Meanwhile the LAT is still locking up the Khalidi video.

Bishop on September 18, 2012 at 9:07 AM

urban elitist on September 18, 2012 at 9:00 AM

He wasn’t talking about retirees – he was talking about parasites like you. Truth hurts. Deal.

The Count on September 18, 2012 at 9:07 AM

urban elitist on September 18, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Um, no serious analyst conflates payroll taxes ( FICA – Soc Sec & Medicare; FUTA , or State/ County/ City taxes) with IRS code Income Taxes.

Take your distraction elsewhere. Check your email, perhaps the Soros/DNC cabal has more ammo for your stupidity.

socalcon on September 18, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Romney was dead on with his response to the consulate attacks, and he is right about the 47%. The MSM analysis of these events is just as misguided as the stupid skewed Dem +13 polls they keep pushing.

Ride right through them! They are demoralized as h*ll!

bitsy on September 18, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Pssst, hey Maria. Yeah you with the cheap ground beef, tortillas, and peanut butter in line at Wal-Mart getting groceries on your way home from the overnight shift. Yeah, I also hope your bank didn’t sit on any bills and you can pay for that food.

See that slu ornately-dressed lady in front of you with the obvious hangover and a cart full of junk food? See that EBT she whipped out? You paid for that. Enjoy your peanut butter tortillas for breakfast, now.

Sekhmet on September 18, 2012 at 9:08 AM

It occurred to me that the Obama administration and the Dem majority in the Senate have been disregarding a majority of Americans for four years now. Obamacare was passed against the wishes of a majority of the electorate, and when The One issues executive orders at will, he does so for he knows that a majority of Americans will be against corresponding legislation, or seen as highly unpopular at the very least, and is able to get away with it because the MSM does not report it. So for the administration and the MSM to say that this is a new concept is disingenuous. Obama (and he IS the president) dismissed a large percentage of Americans many years ago. I am sending more money to Romney today. We all know what he said is the truth.

texasaggie78 on September 18, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Excuse me? I am part of the 47% and I am voting for Romney.

Don’t write off the ALL of the 47%, buddy.

Before anyone gives me any carp about being on the government dole, I worked in the computer industry for 25 years before I suffered a series of 4 brainstem strokes which didn’t completely destroy me physically (Thanks to God) but did destroy me financially. So – here I am on full SSDI and furiously trying to figure out what I can still do to become financially solvent again and off of disability. I guess that’s the difference between me and a lot of the other 47% – I HATE being dependent on the government and would love to be completely on my own.

Besides, this ride is going to break down sooner than later and ANYONE currently on SS or SSDI needs to prepare for the ugly eventuality.

Timothy S. Carlson on September 18, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Yet, no crying from the legacy media when Barackabama plainly stated he isn’t insterested in getting votes from White, working-class Americans.

SouthernGent on September 18, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Ed,

You can’t compare this to Obama’s “bitter clinger” remarks in 08. The media tried their best to bury that for Obama. They will explode this one by Romney. That’s the key here.

GiantOrb on September 18, 2012 at 9:09 AM

16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us[c] from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
Daniel 3:16-18

claudius on September 18, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Unemployment has been above 8% for Dear Liar’s entire term. That’s where the focus should be.
Oh, and $4 gallon gas, and $5 trillion more in debt.
Not to mention an assassinated ambassador.

rbj on September 18, 2012 at 9:09 AM

the likelihood of any Republican winning that election looks close to nil in retrospect and was pretty obvious at the time

just as obama having no chance now is also pretty obvious.

t8stlikchkn on September 18, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Wow, a lot of Romney hate from non-regulars.

It’s as if a bunch of commies are being paid to concern troll or something. Just saying.

Because if anybody really believes the election is over because a candidate starts telling the truth, then they truly are morons.

Happy Nomad on September 18, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Nancy Pelosi said the Mitt Romney is not going to be president. Pelosi is a babbling fool. like Obama, incapable of telling the truth. Anyone who believes one word this moron utters is worse than a victim, they are mentally brain dead. The truth to a liberal are not want the facts substantiate, but what they want the truth to be. Liberals make up reality as they go along.

volsense on September 18, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Wow. You’ve been around here more the last few days than you have all year.

Is xlerod paying you double-time or, are you just that worried?

kingsjester on September 18, 2012 at 9:03 AM

i’m not actually human but a devilishly clever bot designed drive good conservatives into confusion and despair.

fast and furious, is that, like, a movie or something?

sesquipedalian on September 18, 2012 at 9:10 AM

It’s all a question of how many Moochers/Looters the Team SCOAMF Presstitute Organs whip into voting versus how many non-Moochers/Looters they suppress.

Steve Eggleston on September 18, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Having been born in 1939, I’ve seen a lot but I’ve never seen anything like Obama and the things he has done to my country. I, and every senior I know, will be voting for the alternative. I have never been polled and am hoping that there are many more people like me who keep quiet until it’s time to speak with our vote.

dms on September 18, 2012 at 9:10 AM

The liberals in the media are pi$$ed, they just realized they are part of the entitled 47% of victims. They thought they were above that.

Tater Salad on September 18, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Meanwhile the LAT is still locking up the Khalidi video.

Bishop on September 18, 2012 at 9:07 AM

the whitey tape’s still out there as well. keep hope alive.

sesquipedalian on September 18, 2012 at 9:11 AM

She should not back down from this because its 100% true!

crazywater on September 18, 2012 at 9:11 AM

He’ll be finished – if he apologises.

mudskipper on September 18, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Don’t run from it, own it.

GCM on September 18, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Yup, though he could fake apologize “if anyone was offended,I’m so sorry bless their heart” or some other nuance.

But he needs to be if not more aggressive at least more decisive.

Tell the media what a disaster Obamas foreign policy has been, dont let up. Dont give media time to regroup.

the_nile on September 18, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Heh. The new key phrase from the Obama campaign seems to be disdain (test driven by Chris Matthews) or disdainful as applied by Jim Messina. That’s funny, because if I were a WH press reporter, that’s exactly how I’d think Barack Obama felt towards me and my peers.

I guess I’ll show my own disdain here, but I have a theory. I think Obama is running a strategy of starving the hyenas so that they’ll savage Mitt whenever he gives them an opening. I only hope that we don’t end up with a pack of feral reporters running wild and coordinating attacks on unsuspecting targets. If you hear their hunting cry ‘What about your gaaaaaaafffffesss‘ be sure to stay indoors and keep your families safe my friends.

CitizenEgg on September 18, 2012 at 9:11 AM

The video isn’t going to lose him the election, but if he doesn’t stop holding these stupid sudden press conferences where he looks and acts like a deer caught in the headlights and lets the press walk all over him, he IS going to lose. Nothing could make me vote for obama, but my God, Romney, man up!

winfield on September 18, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Romney’s contempt for –lor complete lack of understanding of — the lives of millions of people who worked hard for decades and live on Social Security, working poor who pay federal (social security) taxes at virtually the same rate as Millionaire Mitt, and the involuntary unemployed is appalling, revealing, and expected.

I wouild like to see him head to Ohio to explain to an unemployed factory worker how he (the une,ployed worker) is a pathetic leech for taking unemployment insurance to fee his family, and thenm ask for his vote.

He didn’t lose, but confirming the worst stereotypes about yourself never helps.

urban elitist on September 18, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Of course that’s not what Romney said. But it is how liberals perceive what he said. Liberals – like you – push policies that foster dependence and deepen recessions but you blame others who try to see things responsibly: the entitlement state is bankrupt and yet you keep pushing the notion that it can keep on going bigger and better forever.

gwelf on September 18, 2012 at 9:12 AM

I think I read on Twitter last night that the “secret video” guys have more tape to release…

visions on September 18, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Romney told them to release it all on his presser last nite.

gracie on September 18, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Indicating, as with most things political, context is everything.

socalcon on September 18, 2012 at 9:12 AM

President Obama wanted class warfare. Well now he has it.

The only idiots who will throw a hissy fit over Romney’s remarks are the people who weren’t going to vote for him anyway.

Romney is right. If he can convince that 5-10% that WANT to be free of Govt to vote for him, he can win.

This is Romney’s Reagan Moment. If he plays this right, he will win.

#war

@gadsdenrattlers on Twitter

GadsdenRattlers on September 18, 2012 at 9:12 AM

urban elitist on September 18, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Oh bullshiite. So Rombo didn’t immediately list all the people he wasn’t talking about in a speech means he was throwing down on everyone? The man has done more and contributed more on behalf of the downtrodden than the entire demorat party combined, certainly more than “I feel your pain” Part II sitting in the White House.

Bishop on September 18, 2012 at 9:12 AM

The difference between Obama’s “bitter clingers” statement and Romney’s statement is Obama’s offensive adjective, “bitter”, and offensive verb, “clinging” and the direct objects mentioned, “guns and religion”.

Romney simply stated the facts without judgement. Nothing offensive. His use of the word “victim” refers to a state of mind that has infected portions of our society thanks to voices like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton who peddle victimhood.

The truth hurts sometimes. Deal with it, media.

parteagirl on September 18, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Jim Messina, Obama campaign manager, called the statement “shocking” and “disdainful.”

Zzzzzz… This manufactured outrage is so predictable from the Alinsky-ites. Anything to put us on defense. And utterly ineffective if we stay on offense.

Own it. Double down on it. Turn it back against them in a blistering attack. Make them regret even bringing it up.

petefrt on September 18, 2012 at 9:12 AM

BTW, this tape was supposedly made by Jimmy Carter IV. Talk about being being a victim from birth.

Happy Nomad on September 18, 2012 at 9:12 AM

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