Skip to comments.Romney Video: Another Gust of Wind for a Campaign Already Teetering
Posted on 09/18/2012 6:20:55 AM PDT by LucianOfSamasota
In politics, timing is everything. And so it might be with gaffes.
Mitt Romneys declaration that 47 percent of Americans -- all of President Obama's supporters -- want handouts from the government, secretly caught on tape during a private fundraiser earlier this year and published Monday by Mother Jones, is the latest errant remark in a presidential race replete with them. But unlike previous gaffes, the timing of this one could be more troublesome -- because there isn't time for it to fade.
Romneys campaign has been besieged by reports of internal disputes and worrying poll numbers, and was already fighting to prove it remains on track to win in November. The perception of a dire predicament might not be fair -- surveys show Obamas post-convention bounce fading -- but it was the reality faced by a campaign forced to deny rumors its chief strategist was on his way out.
Concerns about the Romney campaigns ability to win are now amplified. If the campaign wanted to change the subject from its own troubles, Mondays videotaped revelation will make the task impossible for at least a little while longer. Instead of telling people why they should vote against President Obama during the races home stretch, the campaign will be forced to explain why it can still win.
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Read the comments if you want an eye opener. Remember, many of these people will vote.
I think in the end they are gonna be shocked by how many people are going to get up and cheer what Romney said. I only wish he would have addressed how he plans to deal with are rapidly exploding taker class.
Compare to Obama’s “Bitter clingers” comment. Candid moments both.
Yahoo spinning BS
Despite all the liberal gloating and conservative handwringing, the latest Rassmussen tracking poll (9/14-16) has Romney ahead by 2%.
You got to love the narrative the media is running with.
Cool hand Obama has the momentum (as gas prices soar, Middle East goes up in flames, and the economy tanks).
And the polls are in Obama’s favor (despite Obama losing 4 from Gallup (+7 to +3) and 7 from Rasmussen (+5 to -2) in the past week).
Everything is upside down.
The tape in question has been around for months. Why is it coming out now and why are the news media so uniform in their narrative depictions of it?
Big percentage of the entitlement crowd don’t get off their duff to vote Rat or GOP. They know either party is going to toss out the goodies so why bother. Myth might win still but the eaters wont care one bit.
Just received a note from a friend saying Romney just earned his vote with those comments................
Romney may lead in the popular vote, but he is behind on the electoral college. Need 270 to win. Right now base what I have seen it is possible for Obama to lose the popular vote but win the election thru the electoral college like GWB in 2000.
It would be interesting to see how many articles the author of this article posted on the failure of the obumbler foreign policy, specifically as it relates to the Mideast.
And how many stories he wrote regarding the obumbler lies as to the cause of the violence.
World in flames under Obama, nothing.
Romney tells the truth, massive scandal.
If you look at the RCP electoral map, Romney needs to win all his solid and leaning states, and pick up from the toss up states FL, NC, VA, OH and any one other. Very doable.
The ObamaBots in the press had this spy tape, made by Jimmy Carter’s grandson (who let him in to this fundraiser???), for months. They brought it out now to affect the election and jack up BO’s polling numbers. And it just happens to help the media deflect attention from the Obama administration’s terrible Middle East debacle.
The Democrat media will inflate this “gaffe” to appear greater than Obama’s failure in both the foreign and domestic policies. It’s the way they do business.
Yes, you'd be right, except the Romney campaign responded in their usual incompetent fashion. The recording was fine. It actually gave me far more confidence in Romney since I could see that he really gets it. Mitt actually speaks pretty well when he is talking off the cuff in a venue like that. The problem is, he gave a ridiculous press conference and started trying to walk back what he said.
Mitt needs to learn to lie. If you want to win an election, NEVER SPEAK THE TRUTH. This new batch of “Americans” love it when you pee on their leg and tell ‘em it’s raining.
This will not hurt Romney for the following reasons:
1. It’s true.
2. He know’s its true.
3. His voters know it’s true.
"Romney: 2+2=4 - Indefensible!" -AP
What Romney should now go after are the reasons why those on fixed incomes have to go on food stamps and other “benefits” such as energy assistance etc.
The price of food, the cost of energy,driven up by regulations and prohibitions designed to change the systems of distribution and use of resources to conform to a socialist ideal.
This magazine is far-left and is named for a woman who voted for Calvin Coolidge in 1924. (Coolidge's Democrat opponent in that election was later the lawyer for the pro-segregation side in Brown v. Board of Education.)
Good, good point. “...tells the truth, massive scandal.” Thinking people will be able to discern the absolutely craven behavior of the media.
Truth secretly caught on tape media panics and wonders what great lie can Obama give to get face time.
Agreed. The media is simply trying to move 5 to 10% of the vote. They’re desperate this year.
You know those liberal electoral pact “states” that have already agreed to give their electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote may find themselves in an electoral pickle if Mitt wins the popular vote but not the electoral
I completely forgot about that. Off hand do you know which states made that EC pact? I think CA may be one of them.
I still don't see how Romney can lead in popular vote, yet trail in electoral. It should be the other way around. I can't believe voters in Texas and Utah are padding out the popular vote more than the libs and takers in NY, Illinois and California.
“Romney may lead in the popular vote, but he is behind on the electoral college”
If Romney wins the popular vote, he will not lose the Electoral College. No way, no how.
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