Assuming Mitt Romney remains as far behind Barack Obama as he is at present, one explanation for Romney’s failure as a candidate is that he believes the nutty right wing stereotypes of Democrats which are spread by Fox and talk radio. We know that people like Rush Limbaugh are going to say off the wall things about liberals to excite their listeners. We would expect a more reality-based view to come from Mitt Romney when talking privately (even if he was secretly recorded). A video taped secretly of Mitt Romney speaking to donors shows how out of touch with reality he is.
Here is the segment receiving the most publicity (video above):
There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax…[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.”
If this is what Romney thinks of 47 percent of the country, he is right that he will have difficulty receiving their votes, but not for the reason he believes.
Rather than trying to understand those who oppose him, Romney thinks the key was to have been born Mexican:
Describing his family background, he quipped about his father, “Had he been born of Mexican parents, I’d have a better shot of winning this.” Contending that he is a self-made millionaire who earned his own fortune, Romney insisted, “I have inherited nothing.” He remarked, “There is a perception, ‘Oh, we were born with a silver spoon, he never had to earn anything and so forth.’ Frankly, I was born with a silver spoon, which is the greatest gift you can have: which is to get born in America.”
Failing to realize that he was born with a silver spoon (beyond being born in America) is another reason that so many Americans have difficulty taking Mitt Romney seriously. One columnist at Bloomberg sees this as the day Mitt Romney lost the election. Personally I think we might look back on the two party conventions as when Romney lost.
Romney’s gullibility is not limited to believing the right wing talking points about Democratic voters. For example, in other videos he showed that he believed owners of a Chinese factory which he is believed to have invested in when they told him that barbed wire was being used to keep job-seekers out, not to keep their workers in.