Or not. At a private fundraiser, Romney opened up his big mouth and said that Obama's supporters are all on public assistance so, and so fuck those guys. Well, he didn't say that exactly, but he did say that he doesn't have to care about those people. Per the article:
"[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
Similarly, Romney has managed to prove that he is an out-of-touch elitist who thinks that 47% of the American people are total and complete fuck-ups. By the way, the 47% figure is something of a canard - that figure includes people who work but don't pay federal income taxes (but do pay federal payroll taxes, state sales taxes, etc.), and retirees. And quite few of the "47%" are those tea partiers who carried signs that said "Get your government hands off my Medicare." Of course, those people don't believe they are on government assistance, and will vote for Romney.
The real problem isn't the 47%, if you will, but the rest of us who hear Romney's comments and think - "Holy shit, what a dick!" Add that to his comments that people making $250k are middle class, or that he doesn't care about the very poor, or one of his myriad of other tone deaf comments (including last week's smirk), and Romney becomes virtually radioactive.
Now, while it is true that I'm a Democrat, I am also a political junkie. So while my voting behavior is determined by my own policy preferences, I can separate those preferences when looking at the politics. So, with that said, my dear Republican friends, I feel your pain. Believe me, after watching Dukakis, Gore, Mondale*, and Kerry all bumble their way through the Presidential campaigns, I understand what its like to have a candidate who seemingly doesn't want to be elected President.
But while I feel your pain, rememb
*Okay, I don't remember Mondale that well - I was eight years old during the race, after all. But Mondale actually had a negative bounce out of his convention. Meaning the more people heard about Mondale, the less they liked him.