The big story today today is a secret video of Governor Romney talking at a fundraiser back in May to a potential group of donors in Florida. Here's the part the left and the Obama media is having an orgasm over, Governor Romney's answer to an audience member who asked him what he thought his chances were in November :
"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. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect.
So he’ll be out there
talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean that’s what they sell every
four years. 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. What I have to convince the five to ten percent in the
center that are independents that are thoughtful, that look at voting
one way or the other depending upon in some cases emotion, whether they
like the guy or not.”
This video was released by far left wing weasel David Corn, who looks and acts like the sort of kid we all knew back in high school who constantly got the crap beaten out of him for damned good reasons. In fact, after the 2008 campaign, by his own admission, Corn ran into Todd Palin unexpectedly and fully expected to get clocked for the garbage he had written about Mrs. Palin during the campaign.
Of course, to Corn's disappointment, Todd Palin refused to soil his hands with the likes of Mr. Corn, realizing that some creatures are simply beneath contempt.
At any rate, David corn is receiving high fives and verbal fellatio from the entire Obama media contingent, who tell us all, for about the third time that 'this is when Mitt Romney lost the election.'
They've even been joined by a few conservatives and GOP establishment types, some of whom have never like Governor Romney anyway.
Fine, but the only way I see this really affecting Mitt Romney's election prospects is if he disavows it and backs away from it. So far, he hasn't.
Let's remember that this was a response to a question asked of Romney the candidate, and to his credit he answered honestly. There is indeed a certain portion of the electorate who feed at the public trough and who will never vote for him regardless.
And as a candidate, his job is very much to worry about the voters he can reasonably attract rather than the ones he can't.
Unlike the current occupant of the White House, if Mitt Romney gets elected, I think we can count on him being the president of all the people.
The only mistake he made was getting the numbers too high.
The percentage of people who 'pay no taxes' includes a lot of people who actually do, in the form of payroll taxes, social security taxes and the like, or people living on pensions whop are exempt. A substantial number of these people (senior citizens, the self employed, small business owners, etc) actually support Romney.
So Mitt Romney's numbers are a bit off. If Obama carry the votes of 47% automatically, the election would be over already.
But let's look at a different class of people, those whom are entirely dependent on government largesse. Academics. Public Employee union members. People who have taken advantage of programs originally developed as part of what was supposed to be a temporary social safety net for generations, literally.
A significant majority of them were never going to vote against Barack Obama anyway, because they like things just the way they are.But it's nothing like 47%.
And for that matter, most of the 47% who don't pay taxes aren't going to define themselves that way, or will not see themselves in Romney's description. The ones whom do weren't likely to vote for Mitt Romney anyway. . This will just melt away in the face of much larger issues.
If Mitt Romney takes advantage of it, this is a golden opportunity for him to talk to Americans about the conservative values that have always worked in the past and moreover, why they work while the left's socialist ideology Barack Obama and the Democrats espouse has failed dismally every time it's been tried. A lot of Americans heard this and said 'he's exactly right. I want to vote for this guy!'
Add that to an aggressive debate performance and it could mean the election right there.
I've told you before, in many ways this is a takers versus makers election. If the takers outnumber the makers, then we've reached De Tocqueville's famous tipping point when the majority of Americans are willing to forfeit their liberty for what they think is government largesse.
If that happens and Barack Obama is re-elected, they're going to be in for a tremendously rude awakening when the house of financial cards President Obama has constructed collapses mid way in his second term. Even confiscating all the wealth of 'the rich' isn't going to be enough to put that particular Humpty Dumpty back again, and America will become Greece - or worse.
If the makers and the believers in liberty and American exceptionalism are still the majority they're going to pick a successful businessman with a track record of turning things around and making them work successfully over a community organizer with no experience or qualifications for the office he holds and a clear record of failure.
It's a no brainer.