<html> <head><style type ="text/css">body { font-family: "Bloomberg Prop Unicode I", Verdana, sans-serif; font-size:125%; letter-spacing: -0.3pt; color: #FF9F0F; background-color: #000000; text-align: left; } p {line-height: 1.25em; max-width:900px; width:expression(document.body.clientWidth > 900? "900px": "auto" );} h1, h2, h3 { text-align: left; font-weight: normal; color: #FFFFFF; } h1 { font-size: 130%; } h2 { font-size: 115%; } h3 { font-size: 100%; } #bb-style { font-size: 90%; max-width:900px; width:expression(document.body.clientWidth > 900? "900px": "auto" ); } b, strong { font-weight: bold; } i, em { color: #FEC54A; } pre { font-family: "Andale Mono", "Monaco", "Lucida Console"; letter-spacing: -0.3pt; line-height: 1.25em; } table { border: 0; font-size: 90%; width: 100%; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; } td, tr { text-align: left; } td.numeric { text-align: right; } a:link { color:#53B2F5; text-decoration: none; } a:visited {color:#53B2F5} a:active {color:#53B2F5} a:hover {color:#53B2F5} </style> </head> <body> <p>By Josh Barro</p> <p>You can mark my prediction now: A secret recording from a closed-door Mitt Romney fundraiser, released <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/09/secret-video-romney-private-fundraiser">today</a> by David Corn at Mother Jones, has killed Mitt Romney's campaign for president.</p> <p>On the tape, Romney explains that his electoral strategy involves writing off nearly half the country as unmoveable Obama voters. As Romney explains, 47 percent of Americans "believe that they are victims." He laments: "I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."</p> <p>So what's the upshot? "My job is not to worry about those people," he says. He also notes, describing President Obama's base, "These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax."</p> <p>This is an utter disaster for Romney.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Romney has been vigorously denying President Obama's claims that his tax plan would raise taxes on the middle class. Now, he's been caught on video suggesting that low- and middle-income Americans are undertaxed.</p> <p>(That one is especially problematic given the speculation about what's on Mitt's unreleased pre-2010 tax returns.)</p> <p>Corn tells us there are more embarrassing moments on segments of the video he hasn't released yet. Romney jokes that he'd be more likely to win the election if he were Hispanic. He makes some awkward comments about whether he was born with a "silver spoon" in his mouth.</p> <p>But those are survivable. The really disastrous thing is the clip about "victims," and the combination of contempt and pity that Romney shows for anyone who isn't going to vote for him.</p> <p>Romney is the most opaque presidential nominee since Nixon, and people have been reduced to guessing what his true feelings are. This video provides an answer: He feels that you're a loser. It's not an answer that wins elections.</p> <p>(Josh Barro is lead writer for the Ticker. <a href="mailto:jbarro1@bloomberg.net">E-mail</a> him and <a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/jbarro">follow</a> him on Twitter.)</p> <p>Read more opinion online from <a title="Link to Bview" href="/blp/data/8%7CTrue%7Chttp%3a%2f%2fwww.bloomberg.com%2fview%2f%7CL8MEI4EPF36D">Bloomberg View</a>. Subscribe to receive a <a title="Link to e-mail signup" href="/blp/data/8%7CTrue%7Chttps%3a%2f%2flogin.bloomberg.com%2fregister%3fpid%3dnewsletter-share-the-view%26refid%3dvarticle%7CBPS5Z92QR7AN">daily e-mail</a> highlighting new View editorials, columns and op-ed articles.</p> <p>Today's highlights: the editors on <a title="Link to Bview editorials" href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-18/how-mitt-romney-and-occupy-wall-street-are-alike.html?cmpid=BVrelated">Romney's 47 percent fallacy</a> and on how <a title="Link to Bview editorials" href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-18/be-smart-not-just-tough-in-the-middle-east.html?cmpid=BVrelated">not to be tough in the Middle East</a>; Ezra Klein on Romney and <a title="Link to Bview columns" href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-18/what-mitt-romney-doesn-t-get-about-responsibility.html?cmpid=BVrelated">the responsibility of the poor</a>; Margaret Carlson on how <a title="Link to Bview columns" href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-18/no-romney-s-campaign-is-not-doomed.html?cmpid=BVrelated">Romney isn't necessarily doomed</a>; Clive Crook on why <a title="Link to Bview columns" href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-18/the-fed-s-best-rationale-for-qe3.html?cmpid=BVrelated">the Fed made the right move</a>; Peter Orszag on how the Ryan budget would make it <a title="Link to Bview columns" href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-18/ryan-s-proposal-would-shrink-medicare-s-doctor-pool.html?cmpid=BVrelated">harder for Medicare patients to find doctors</a>; William Pesek on rising <a title="Link to Bview columns" href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-18/why-outrage-over-islands-full-of-goats-is-crazy.html?cmpid=BVrelated">tensions between China and Japan</a>; Matthew Bryza on how <a title="Link to Bview op-eds" href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-18/europe-takes-on-gazprom-at-last-now-must-hang-tough.html?cmpid=BVrelated">Europe can hang tough on Gazprom</a>; Mel and Patricia Ziegler on<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-18/an-empire-built-on-short-armed-shirts.html?cmpid=BVrelated"> the creation of Banana Republic</a>.</p> <p>Read more breaking commentary from Bloomberg View at <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/view/the-ticker/">the Ticker</a>.</p> <p> </p> </body> </html>