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I’ve found the Michelle Obama “Whitey” video!

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It stars Mitt Romney! He sure loves all Americans:

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.

And he values the American political process:

I have a very good team of extraordinarily experienced, highly successful consultants, a couple of people in particular who have done races around the world. I didn’t realize it. These guys in the US—the Karl Rove equivalents—they do races all over the world: in Armenia, in Africa, in Israel. I mean, they work for Bibi Netanyahu in his race. So they do these races and they see which ads work, and which processes work best, and we have ideas about what we do over the course of the campaign. I’d tell them to you, but I’d have to shoot you.

What an appropriate funny he made! At least he pledges to uphold American values like being hard-working:

It depends of course which markets you’re talking about, which types of commodities and so forth, but my own view is that if we win on November 6th, there will be a great deal of optimism about the future of this country. We’ll see capital come back and we’ll see—without actually doing anything—we’ll actually get a boost in the economy.

Imagine that! Romney believes that if he’s elected he’ll be successful “without actually doing anything.” I’m not entirely sure how he’s going to build that.

UPDATE: Can’t believe I missed the opportunity to score:

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  • thusbloggedanderson

    So, the “47%” who supposedly have economic incentives to vote for Obama are basing their votes on that incentive …

    … whereas the affluent Americans voting for Romney and his tax cuts are, what, patriots?

    • Malaclypse

      Are you saying Romney is insincere when he promises that a massive rate cut for the rich will be offset by unspecified deduction limitations?

      • thusbloggedanderson

        “Insincere when …” implies occasions when Romney *is* sincere.

      • Hell, he might as well be sincere – after all the consequences of closing the deductions will be to raise taxes on a lot of those 47%.

    • Incontinentia Buttocks

      Well to be fair to Romney’s tax plan, too few people actually benefit from it to win him an election. And I think the term for those other than the 2% or so who do benefit, but who vote for Willard anyway is “suckers.” I’m sure his international consultants tell him there’s one born every minute.

    • Njorl

      It cold be a difficult choice. Consider Mitt for example. He is affluent, but paid no income taxes last time Obama ran.

      • laura

        That’s right. Mitt is (in some years at least) one of the 47%.

        • CD

          I do hope no opportunity will be lost to press this point — if paying the IRS really is the test of moral worth, we should be seeing some returns.

  • Malaclypse

    my own view is that if we win on November 6th, there will be a great deal of optimism about the future of this country.

    This completely and boldly contrasts with all other presidential candidates in the history of whenever, all of whom expected that their victory would usher in an era of gloom and pessimism.

  • Heron

    Why is it again that the party building its economic policy around magical thinking is considered the hard-nosed defender of business and markets? “If we win… we’ll see a boost in the economy without actually doing anything”; will the crops grow twice as high, the droughts end, the rains become mild and the sheep fatten faster too? I guess someone needs to explain to the Republicans that the Mandate of Heaven isn’t a real thing.

    • The Confidence Fairy

      Once I know that the moochers and looters will lose any sort of safety net, then, and only then, I will sprinkle confidence on everybody.

      Now, some would tell you that confidence is not supposed to be a yellowish liquid, and others would point out that further devastating demand might have bad consequences, but we all know those people are communists.

    • herr doktor bimler

      will the crops grow twice as high

      The trees will all be the right size.

      • wjts

        Surely you’re not suggesting that under a Romney presidency the trees will all be kept equal by hatchet, axe, and saw?

        • Parson Weems

          I cannot tell a lie.

        • Holden Pattern

          It’s the Procrustean forest.

        • Scott Lemieux

          Mittens is the candidate of the Oaks.

          • spencer

            Repression!

            • wjts

              Hey, Mitt can’t help his feelings
              If he likes the fortunes that he’s made
              And he wonders why the maples moochers
              Won’t pay taxes on their wage.

        • herr doktor bimler

          I am disappointed by the absence of Harrison Bergeron references.

  • Njorl

    So everyone living on a combination of social security and non-taxable investments is going to vote for Obama? If so, Mitt, give up now.

  • patrick II

    Imagine that! Romney believes that if he’s elected he’ll be successful “without actually doing anything.” I’m not entirely sure how he’s going to build that.

    Being successful without actually building anything is the story of Mitt’s life, so of course he believes his success will continue.

  • I haven’t been a Republican for about six years now, and even at this late point I still cringe when I see a guy who’s supposedly a technocratic GOP wizard swallow self-important b.s. about “the 47%” (i.e., “moochers and looters” rhetoric) whole.

    The guy on top is supposed to know better. I understand it when some self-important loon with a blog says it. Far worse when its coming from a guy who thinks he’s going to be the CEO of America, Inc. admit it out loud.

    I think of this old chestnut when I think of this: http://kfmonkey.blogspot.com/2004/12/i-miss-republicans.html

    • Malaclypse

      The guy on top is supposed to know better.

      Occam’s Razor says that he’s just lying.

      • David W.

        The most economical explanation is that Romney’s lips did indeed move…

    • Njorl

      It’s even worse. It was for internal consumption by an allegedly intelligent audience trying to use information to come to useful conclusions. They’re eating their own bullshit. Can’t they see the problem with that?

      • thusbloggedanderson

        Did you see that article over the summer about the Hamptons crowd, with the woman complaining that “nail ladies” get to vote for Obama?

        That’s how Romney and his donors really think. They’ve been eating their own shit for years.

        • Joshua

          More evidence of this: http://nymag.com/print/?/news/business/themoney/jeff-greene-2012-8/

          One guy who is crazy-rich says that even if the 1% have all the money and power, they are still only 1% of the population and bad things have happened to the 1% before. All the other crazy-rich people think he is nuts.

          Bonus points for an Niall Ferguson cameo.

          • wjts

            Entendez-vous dans les Hamptons
            Mugir ces féroces soldats?
            Ils viennent jusque dans vos bras
            Égorger vos fils, vos compagnes!

            Aux armes, citoyens!

    • Jonas

      It just amazes me that ‘serious’ people actually say things like this 47% are moochers thing. It’s like they haven’t thought thought it through that children, retirees, full-time students, stay at home parents, the disabled, those on medical leave, the temporarily unemployed, don’t have taxable income, yet either did or will.

      It’s one thing for some yokel with a poorly spelled sign, but geez….

      • Sev

        Well, up in your private jet these are all just flyover people. What got me was the clinking of the cutlery and crockery behind all this fatuous talk, and wondering what sort of homicide was being contemplated by the wait staff- carving? Poisoning?

      • Rarely Posts

        Keep in mind, half of that 47% is paying federal taxes-it’s just payroll taxes instead of income taxes:

        http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2012/09/17/who_doesn_t_pay_taxes_.html

    • CD

      He’s a tea-partier. I too thought he was a technocrat pretending to be loon, but turns out it’s the other way around.

  • avoidswork

    bless the TPers and other GOPers that weeded out Huntsman early, metaphorically f*cked anything but Romney prior to the RomneyBot topping the GOP Presidential nominee.

    now let’s hope this video makes it out into the “lamestream media” and watch the etch-a-spin.

    he really is trying to lose, right? (yes, i know this is video from a private functions)

    romneyshambles.

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  • From the looks of the comments at the Daily Caller (why do I waste my time so) it appears conservatives seem to think Romney was spot on.

    I have a feeling this country is going to get a full-blown dialogue on whether or not half of all Americans are parasites, takers, moochers and looters. I can see it now:

    “Are half of all American citizens actually irredeemable parasites festering on the plentiful bounties produced solely by Our Wondrous Galtian Overlords? Watch us tonight as we get both sides and let you decide.”

  • jon

    I can’t imagine how Romney thinks he’s going to get any hispanic votes at this point.

    I also love the way that Republicans have decided that a way to stigmatize nearly half the population is by ignoring the relationship of payroll taxes and income tax. If your withholding is too high, then you won’t owe any further income taxes on your 1040, hopefully getting an interest-free refund eventually.

    Similarly, they’ve decided that everyone getting social security, medicare, disability and other payments, are just moochers – entirely discounting the payments that everyone makes into these programs. Especially galling, since SSI taxes only apply to about the first $100k of income. But Mitt shouldn’t be expected to know about that – he takes his income as tax sheltered capital gains.

    • Heron

      The Rs have given up on that; this is why they’ve been pushing vote suppression big since 2010.

  • Steve H

    I’m just curious – the Rs were talking at their convention about what a success story Staples was.

    But let’s say that in a two-parent, two-kid family, both parents are working for Staples at Staples’ average wage. With Staples’ low pay and the child tax credit, wouldn’t that family fall into the 47% Mitt is bitching about?

    Ezra Klein has it right – Republican policies created many of the lucky duckies, not only by pushing EITC and child tax credits, but also by promoting the whole culture where workers are paid as little as possible so more money can go to executives and shareholders.

  • James E. Powell

    What does Romney have other than, “He’s going to give all our money to the [insert racist epithet]” to run on? His character & biography work against him. He does not have any policy proposals that have legs with the public. He has nothing going for him on foreign policy and he has surrendered to the radical right-wing on social issues.

    • thusbloggedanderson

      What does Romney have other than, “He’s going to give all our money to the [insert racist epithet]” to run on?

      Well, everyone *he* knows finds that a compelling argument.

    • Heron

      He has an R in front of his name on the ballot. Sadly, that’s the only necessary thing for a big chunk of the voting public.

  • Joshua

    Putting aside the large number of “the 47%” who are old, young, disabled, etc., isn’t income tax a derived number? I mean, the government doesn’t say I am a taxpayer and send me a bill every year. The amount of tax I pay is based on the amount of income I earn. If you are working, and not paying income tax, it’s not because you are some freeloading moocher. It’s because you aren’t earning enough to pay income tax.

    The “47%” could become a much lower number if the titans of bald-eagle-patriot-capitalism Mittens was addressing in that room would just give the proles a raise.

    • Popeye

      A good chunk of the 47% are Republican retirees who feel that they “earned” their welfare checks and health benefits. Unlike Those People, you know.

  • Richard

    This tape may just cement Obama’s victory. It corroborates every “Romney is just a rich guy who only cares for his own” meme plus looks like he’s catering, in a secret meeting, to the extreme far right. Whoever at Mother Jones managed to get this deserves great praise.

    • James E. Powell

      Think it will get the kind of play in the corporate press/media that the Swiftboat Veterans for Truth got?

      • Richard

        Maybe not but Obama’s campaign people are smart guys and I think they will do everything possible to use this.

        And all the polls are showing there are less than 5% undecided at this stage of the game. I would assume that a good percentage of those folks are undecided because they’re not comfortable with Mitt’s personality and his rich guy image. This may be enough to ensure that none of those people move to that side.

      • MSNBC devoted a live segment of an extra “Hardball” to it tonight. Romney is fucked.

        • thusbloggedanderson

          Yes, now he’s lost the MSNBC vote.

          • BigHank53

            All 37,256 of them!

          • Oh dear. I’ll try again. Yes, it’s MSNBC now, but MSNBC now has the power Fox has…in that it can push and push and push a story ’til the larger more influential wings of the MSM are forced to cover it.

            So, yeah, he’s toast.

      • Think it will get the kind of play in the corporate press/media that the Swiftboat Veterans for Truth got?

        Yep. It clearly is. It’s all over the media.

        We don’t live in an eternal 2002.

  • DGarr

    It is going to be more than that 47% of Americans who vote against you, Mr. Romney.
    We don’t want to see you anywhere NEAR the White House.
    You are not only cynical and vacant, you are frightening.

  • Casey

    47% of voters are a lock to vote Democratic off the top?

    What about the liberal eggheads, the man-hating feminists, the politically correct do-gooders, the Hollyweird limousine liberals, anti-American elitists, the buppies, the Homosexual Lobby, the big government bureaucrats, the union thugs, and whatever the euphemism du jour for Jewish investment bankers is?

    What about them minoritays what am always taking our jerbs? Do they not make enough money to pay federal taxes, or what? I thought them’s was good jerbs they’s stealing. Do them minoritays what am taking our jerbs vote Republican, and it’s only them minoritays what am too damn lazy to be taking our jerbs vote Democratic?

    Given the amount of rhetorical blood spilled about all the liberal factions that aren’t jobless moochers, one would get the impression they added up to more than, you know, 3-5% of the total population.

  • Major Kong

    I’m confused. Are we a bunch of leeching welfare-queens or are we all out of touch elitist limousine-liberals?

    It’s so hard to keep track sometimes.

    • Isn’t it, though?

    • Scott Lemieux

      Both! You know the typical welfare moocher owns 4 Cadillacs and has T-Bone steaks for every meal, right?

      • calling all toasters

        …and has over 50 publications!

  • laura

    This story makes me happy because it means liberals are on the ball, playing hardball, other metaphors about balls like maybe chucking dodge balls are Romney. It’s so great when Democrats for once aren’t the party getting screwed but doing some of the screwing.

    • laura

      *sigh*

      *AT Romney* I meant.

    • Is it hot in here or is it just all the balls?

  • Jeffrey Kramer

    Too long for the Tumblr, but…

    SOBER ROMNEY: Some have expressed concern over the fact that I regard roughly half of all Americans as irresponsible, welfare-addicted moochers. They have wondered how, with beliefs such as these, I can possibly ask America to make me President of all its citizens, both rich and poor. I would answer such concerns by saying…

    SMIRKING ROMNEY: I’m a mega-rich white man. I’m entitled to it.

  • CD

    What a sucker I am! Voted Obama in 2008, and I’ve worked & paid taxes ever since. Meanwhile the rest of you are getting all that sweet gov’t food, housing, and health care.

    • Cody

      Man, you really messed up. I’m racking in 8 Welfare checks a week right now while eating pork rinds on my couch.

      I just assumed everyone on the blog was doing that!

  • dan

    I can’t believe this hasn’t been said already, but —

    This is excellent news for John McCain.

    • Breadbaker

      And a great start on Jeb Bush 2016.

    • Cody

      Sarah Palin looks more defensible every day Romney campaigns.

  • cpinva

    that “47%” pretty accurately describes most tea party members, who don’t want the government fucking around with their social security, medicare and medicade. but you know what? it doesn’t matter, romney can say any thing he wants to about the tea partiers, they just hates them some obama so much, they’ll happily vote for the school bully. i expect to see a lot of noses on the ground, at my polling place, come nov. 6.

    this is the mentality you’re dealing with. they would have stuffed themselves into the “showers” at auschwitz, and then turned on the gas.

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