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Don't they remember "cling to guns and religion"?

I don't know how politicians haven't learned yet that everything is recorded and everything you say will get out.

Mitt 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 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.

Romney went on: "[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

Much more at the link.

Romney is rebutted by Bill Kristol (Bill Kristol!), who says:

It's worth recalling that a good chunk of the 47 percent who don't pay income taxes are Romney supporters--especially of course seniors (who might well "believe they are entitled to heath care," a position Romney agrees with), as well as many lower-income Americans (including men and women serving in the military) who think conservative policies are better for the country even if they're not getting a tax cut under the Romney plan. So Romney seems to have contempt not just for the Democrats who oppose him, but for tens of millions who intend to vote for him.

Update: On the liberal blogs i read, there is a lot of pushback to the idea that Obama's "cling" comment is like Romney's "47%". I was using the comparison in the context of "things you say in private fundraisers that you would never say in public, not so much that the specific comments were the same. And it is true that there's a big difference: Obama's comment was about the difficulties in voter outreach to the types of people he was talking about (stereotyping?), whereas Romney is dismissing his category as a lost cause, both in terms of voting and in terms of "tak[ing] personal responsibility and care for their lives".

By fnord12 | September 18, 2012, 11:43 AM | Liberal Outrage


well, romney's got the "wrong" religion, and he's just not capable of playing the good ol' boy. not like bush II. when he even attempts it, he comes off as being even more stiff and awkward than when he's just being himself.

you must be a really nice guy if you don't think people should be entitled to food. that is totally such a luxury item. i bet those fancy shmancy hungry people are so well off, they keep their food in refrigerators!