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Romney 47 Percent

Beating a Very Dead Horse 101

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

So, you know that Republican Party "Growth & Opportunity" study that told themselves to be kinder and gentler because the public thinks they're narrow-minded, stuffy, old white men? Well, here's the problem.

The Bartender Who Rescued America

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

By remaining anonymous until he went on MSNBC's Ed Show last week, Prouty ensured that the story would be about Romney, not about the motives of the man who made the tape.

Republican Says Democrats Won Thanks To Voters Dependent On Government

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 12.06.2012 | Politics

If Republicans are trying to shy away from the notion that America is divided between productive capitalists and dependent moochers, they forgot to te...

Election 2012: Schadenfreude With a Smile

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.10.2013 | Politics
Doug Bandow

I'm not thrilled with President Obama's victory. Still, I have to admit that Mitt Romney's loss left me with at least a half smile on my face. Mostly it's a result of schadenfreude, one of the baser human emotions, I admit. But I just can't help it.

For Sale Cheap After the Election -- My 19-Inch TV

William Laney | Posted 12.26.2012 | Politics
William Laney

I will have good reason for getting rid of my TV if Mitt Romney wins The White House. I will have a different, but equally good reason to unload it if President Obama wins four more years.

Luke Johnson

Obama Saves 47 Percent For Last | Luke Johnson | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics

President Barack Obama waited until his final exchange to attack Mitt Romney's much-maligned comments at a fundraiser that 47 percent of Americans are...

Many Americans Don't Know They're In The 47 Percent

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 10.12.2012 | Business

In the weeks after a video was leaked of Mitt Romney deriding roughly 47 percent of the country for paying no federal income taxes, some have cheered ...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Mitt Romney's Show Of Compassion Toward Middle Class Leaves Ohio Voters Unconvinced | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 10.14.2012 | Politics

DAYTON, Ohio -- Kelly McCoy, a 40-year-old single mother of two, lives in a low-income neighborhood here. As she browses the aisles of Deals, a thrift...

The Full Tilt Etch-a-Sketch Throwdown Boogie

Mike Lux | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Mike Lux

Despite what you are hearing from Romney a month out from the election, he has not suddenly turned into FDR. Read his platform. Listen to what he says in private with his closest (and richest) friends. This is who he really is, and no amount of fantasyland math is going to change all that.

A Remarkably Apolitical Political Film

Abigail E. Disney | Posted 10.04.2012 | Los Angeles
Abigail E. Disney

I object to the idea that the personal and the political have nothing to do with each other. I suspect it is precisely this divided consciousness that makes for a political culture as brutal, unkind and ineffective as the one we endure today.

What Does Science Say About the 47 Percent?

Eric D. Knowles | Posted 12.02.2012 | Science
Eric D. Knowles

Research indicates that if we want the so-called "47 percent" to succeed or fail on its merits -- a requirement from which Mr. Romney believes they are currently spared -- then the solution is more government assistance, not less.

The Newest New Mitt Message: He Cares

Monica Bauer | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics
Monica Bauer

We've seen this movie before. Once a campaign starts to spiral down, only a scandal of magnificent proportions on the other side can save it from certain doom. If can't raise their candidate's positives, the playbook will take them back to raising Obama's negatives.

Obama Campaign Ratchets Up '47 Percent' Attack

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 09.27.2012 | Politics

President Barack Obama's reelection campaign is making sure that every last voter has heard Mitt Romney's 47 percent comments, releasing a new ad on T...

The White Elephant in Romney's Room

Stephanie Li | Posted 11.26.2012 | College
Stephanie Li

Romney's blindness to his own racial and class privilege feeds into the myth of meritocracy, the false illusion that simply by hard work and steely determination, it is possible to attain the American dream.

The Self-Proclaimed '53 Percent'

Hayley Rose Horzepa | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics
Hayley Rose Horzepa

After Romney's now infamous 47 Percent dinner party revelation, it's hard to believe that parts of the 47 Percent will still vote for him, and it's likely many of those individuals consider themselves to be 53 Percenters.

The Republicans' No-Apology Tour

Carla Seaquist | Posted 09.26.2012 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Mitt Romney is the man who wrote a campaign book with the bombastic title, No Apology. To Romney, usurping the president in a diplomatic crisis, insulting half the American public as moochers -- these apparently are not sufficient calls for apology.

Sabrina Siddiqui

'47 Percent' Remark Hurts Romney In Swing States | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 09.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new wave of polls offers a closer look at the political aftermath of Mitt Romney's comments on the "47 percent," with an overwhelming...

What Romney Doesn't Understand

The Morningside Post | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics
The Morningside Post

Romney divided the country into two groups: the workers who produce, and the "moochers" who benefit. If this sounds like a half-baked version of an Ayn Rand novel, you're right. That's the contemporary Republican Party for you.

Carly Schwartz

'47 Percenter' Struggles To Provide Stable Home For Six Adopted Kids | Carly Schwartz | Posted 09.25.2012 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- All Bonita Barnes wants is to provide a happy and comfortable home life for her family. Barnes, 51, began fostering children in 20...

Jeffrey Young

'You Jerk': 47 Percenter Single Mom With Kids On Medicaid Responds To Romney | Jeffrey Young | Posted 09.24.2012 | Business

Gracie Fowler didn't earn enough money to pay income taxes last year. She won't make enough this year, either, and has turned to Medicaid to make sure...

Mitt Romney's Horror Movie: 'The Help.' And They're... Everywhere. So Who's Next: David Koch? Karl Rove?

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Jesse Kornbluth

It's the most delicious irony. In that instantly famous video, Mitt Romney disdained America's government-dependent "victims" with their tiny incomes...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 11.22.2012 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week's biggest stories involved public figures being secretly captured by an unseen camera, exposing to the world what they are really like underneath. We saw that Kate Middleton, like many of us, enjoys getting a little sun on holiday. Mitt Romney, on the other hand, showed that he doesn't like many of us, believing we are victims and entitled moochers. Of course, anything can change -- but after Romney's Campaign Week From Hell, it's looking more and more likely that Obama will be reelected. So as well as focusing on the Obama vs. Romney race, it becomes increasingly important to focus on the Obama vs. Obama race -- Campaigning Obama vs. Governing Obama. And if the president really believes, as he told Univision, that he can't change Washington from the inside, and intends to outsource his leadership role to us, we are all (pardon the expression, Kate) royally screwed.

Mitt Romney: Campaign 'Doesn't Need A Turnaround'

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 09.22.2012 | Politics

Following several weeks of widespread criticism and calls by some conservatives for an intervention, Mitt Romney defended his campaign and insisted he...

No Country for Old, White Men

D.L. Hughley | Posted 11.21.2012 | Black Voices
D.L. Hughley

When a rich, white guy wants to be a Mexican, even for a little while, then you know that this is truly no country for old, white men.

We Are All in This Together

Tammy Duckworth | Posted 11.21.2012 | Chicago
Tammy Duckworth

I am just one of the overwhelming majority of Americans who is responsible and hard-working, and at one point in their life benefited greatly from government programs such as student loans, Medicare and Social Security.