Mother Jones has posted videos of Mitt Romney at a fundraiser earlier this year. The video was taken secretly amongst a group of millionaire donors whom Romney was begging for buckets of cash.
If these videos get the broad exposure that they deserve, we may look back on this as the moment Romney’s campaign died and went to Kolub
In this segment Romney tells his wealthy backers that…
“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.”
Mother Jones has four more videos wherein Romney paints himself as the out-of-touch elitist that we all know him to be. He praises his consultants because of their experience running campaigns in Armenia, Africa, Israel (whatever happened to his campaign slogan “Believe in America?”). He answers a donor’s question about how they can help appeal to Hispanics by saying “Frankly, what I need you to do is to raise millions of dollars.” He offers his stock market prediction saying…
“If it looks like I’m going to win, the markets will be happy. If it looks like the president’s going to win, the markets should not be terribly happy. It depends of course which markets you’re talking about, which types of commodities and so forth, but my own view is that if we win on November 6th, there will be a great deal of optimism about the future of this country. We’ll see capital come back and we’ll see—without actually doing anything—we’ll actually get a boost in the economy.”
Romney knows damn well that the market has more than doubled under the Obama administration, despite their being commies who hate business. Surely one of the reasons he won’t release his tax returns is he doesn’t want people to find out that he is way better off than he was four years ago, since most of his income is from investments.
David Corn summed up the gist of these videos nicely by writing…
“With this crowd of fellow millionaires, he apparently felt free to utter what he really believes and would never dare say out in the open. He displayed a high degree of disgust for nearly half of his fellow citizens, lumping all Obama voters into a mass of shiftless moochers who don’t contribute much, if anything, to society, and he indicated that he viewed the election as a battle between strivers (such as himself and the donors before him) and parasitic free-riders who lack character, fortitude, and initiative.”
If that’s how Romney thinks he will capture the hearts of voters and ride an electoral wave to victory, he is going to be sorely disappointed. It’s fair to say that insulting the vast majority of voters and their family and friends is not a particularly sound campaign strategy. But it’s not as if his strategy has ever been well thought out. Early on he said he likes to fire people, who he also thinks are corporations. And just last week he accused the President of sympathizing with terrorists and blamed the diplomats who had been attacked for the violence committed against them.
Of course, nothing in politics is certain, and Romney could still pull off some sort of miracle. So Democrats need to stay vigilant and work as hard as if they were underdogs. But it seems like every day Romney personally pounds a new nail into his campaign’s coffin, and for that we should thank him on November 7.