Will the "Secret Video" Spell Trouble for Mitt Romney's Campaign?
Pundits Split on the Impact of "47 Percent"
No surprise: Pundits are split along ideological lines.
Josh Barro of the Bloomberg Ticker came out with a strong opinion: "Today Romney Lost the Election."
This is an utter disaster for Romney.
Romney already has trouble relating to the public and convincing people he cares about them. Now, he's been caught on video saying that nearly half the country consists of hopeless losers.
Emily Zanotti of Naked DC notes, "Apparently, America is supposed to be outraged because Mitt Romney is…Republican:"
I mean, I’m shocked. I’m floored. I’m downright amazed at what I’ve seen. But primarily because it appears Mitt Romney acts human in private. The other stuff is just bullsh*t. If I get a headline in my inbox that says “Secret Romney Tape” it better damned well be of him either changing his magic underwear or getting a firmware update through a USB port hidden in his hairline. Or maybe Rafalca talking to him in a barn like Mr. Ed, giving him foreign policy advice. Or the dismembered, preserved head of Richard Nixon falling out of a suitcase.
Allahpundit of Hot Air doesn't think the video will shake Romney's campaign:
This was recorded awhile back at a fundraiser, just like Obama’s infamous “bitter/clinger” comments in 2008. Remember how big that blew up? That’s how we ended up with President McCain.
The dirty little secret of most “controversial” political statements is that voters pay them little mind, especially when they’re preoccupied with bread-and-butter issues. The GOP spent three days in Tampa hammering Obama for the “you didn’t build that” line and a fat lot of good it did them in vaulting Romney past O in the polls. Then again, the GOP didn’t have a media megaphone like the one that’s going to be amplifying this for the rest of the week.
Rachel Maddow called it possibly the worst day yet for Romney as a candidate. She also explained the back story of how the video was discovered (unverifiable videos from the same speech appearance had been fraudulently published to YouTube under an account with her name some months ago).
What do you think about this story? Is it changing your opinion of Romney -- or Obama -- as a candidate? Or is it just another media kerfuffle?