The Republican challenger speaks an uncomfortable truth — that it’s hard enough to beat an incumbent president without almost half the electorate feeling dependent on him for some kind of government benefit.
The conveniently timed release of a video taped in May and leaked by Mother Jones in September has the usual suspects in the mainstream media chattering that Mitt Romney’s candidacy for president is now doomed.
Even if it is true, you just can’t say that 47% of Americans are dependent on government and that they’re hard to reach politically because of that.
In one clip, Romney describes how his campaign would not try to appeal to “47% of the people” who will vote for President Obama “no matter what.”
They are, he says, “dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them.”
No doubt there are people who are dependent on government due to circumstances beyond their control. But it’s been a main thrust of this administration to make as many people dependent on government as possible — witness ObamaCare — and its motives haven’t always been pure.
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