This week’s Herald column: ‘Are you there, losers? It’s me, Mitt’


Okay, that’s not what my editor, Myriam, titled the column. But she could have, because post Boca video disaster, Mitt Romney – the plutocrat who would be president – now faces the daunting task of rallying, or just facing, a bunch of voters he just seriously put down. (Illustration by Winsome Reid)

A clip:

Right about now, it may be sinking in among some members of the Republican coalition: Your candidate, Mitt Romney, just might think you’re a loser.

Romney’s now infamous candid-camera moment at a May fundraiser held in the home of a Boca Raton hedge-fund manager and leaked to Mother Jones magazine, gave potential supporters a window into the King of Bain’s reptilian brain.

Asked by a beleaguered millionaire what he could do about the parasites who insist on having government take care of them, Romney said:

“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 healthcare, 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.”

Mitt went on to explain that his “job is not to worry about those people,” since the moochers will never be convinced to “take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

Too busy gold plating their wheelchairs with those Willie Wonka foil food stamps.

With that, the man who would be the first U.S. president to stash his riches in overseas bank accounts; who partied on a yacht flying the Cayman Islands flag while his Tampa convention quaked at the approach of a hurricane; and who only seems to light up when talking about business, put half the country on notice:

He can’t be bothered with you.

Trouble is, Mitt — who thinks the “middle class” starts at around $250,000 — forgot who “you” are.

There has always been a risk that, after more than 30 years of messaging to working-class voters, particularly in the south (home to eight of the 10 states with the largest share of adults who pay no federal income taxes and who get more in services from the federal government than they pay in — the only non-Dixie states on the list are New Mexico and Idaho) that some “pol” would give away the game. …

Read the rest here.

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3 Responses to This week’s Herald column: ‘Are you there, losers? It’s me, Mitt’

  1. majii says:

    I know many of the people in GA who make up the 47%, and I think they’ll vote for Romney anyway. They will justify it by telling themselves that he is talking about those “other” people over there. The capacity of these individuals to dismiss facts cannot be underestimated.

  2. David Christy says:

    Joy has the best smile of them all(tv people).

  3. Grey Treed says:

    MSNBC Needs to give you your own show!! I mean you are truly that channel’s rising star in terms of guest commentary (ask Chris Matthews he freaking loves ya too!) I Love MSNBC but they better jump at the chance to sign you up or someone else will for sure!!

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