The campaign took a decidedly bizarre turn earlier this week when one of the candidates actually spoke candidly about his Presidential ambitions. It goes without saying that this moment of honesty came at a closed door meeting among wealthy donors and that the candidate did not realize he was being recorded while denigrating nearly half of the American population.
Here’s the money shot put out by Mother Jones.
Did you catch 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.”
As expected, many people are upset over these comments – even Romney, who isn’t allowed to admit as much but is bending over backwards to try and justify that which he never would have said publicly.
The consensus is that all of this makes Romney look bad and the chances of his winning the election less likely. The strangest thing about the video, however, is that when he’s surrounded by other millionaires and billionaires, Romney seems more at ease, somewhat charming and even funny on occasion. If only the country were made up entirely of landed aristocrats.