Mother Jones just released several videos of Romney talking to donors at a private fundraiser and the general consensus is that they are devastating to Romney.
In the video, Romney says:
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.
The sad thing is that I’m not sure that saying that hurts Romney that much. I mean, that’s pretty much what Republicans have been saying all year. I’m not surprised in the least by anything he says in any of these videos.
Obviously, as a liberal, I find it offensive that Romney would characterize the 47% of people who disagree with him as complete moochers who believe they are entitled to what the producers like him earn. But I’m pretty sure that Republicans are nodding along and the election will still be close. I’d love to be wrong.
UPDATE 2:57 PM: Nate Silver’s take seems similar to mine:
90% of "game-changing" gaffes are less important in retrospect than they seem in the moment.—
Nate Silver (@fivethirtyeight) September 17, 2012