Two political difficulties here. One: While some Obama supporters may not pay federal income tax, they still pay federal payroll tax and may well pay state and city taxes. They do contribute something to government. Two: A lot of pro-Republican working-class voters pay no income tax due to the Earned Income Tax Credit, and a lot of pro-Republican seniors pay no income tax because most or all of their income is Social Security. Not sure how either of those groups will react to Romney’s critique of O’s fans, but my hunch is that Ben Domenech’s right in believing that no one really thinks they’re part of the 47 percent. Everyone thinks they’re a “maker,” not a “taker,” due to whatever little tax they pay, so when Mitt lays into freeloaders, even people who pay no income tax think he’s talking about someone else. It’s sort of the flip side of senior citizens saying that America needs small government while telling politicians “Hands off my Medicare.” I doubt it’ll end up hurting Romney badly, but the media will do its level best. Buckle up!
That’s about right. Meanwhile, you don’t need me to catalogue the caterwauling about how IT’S ALL OVER!!! (mostly coming from liberals). Just look, well, anywhere.
Message to Mitt: downplay the 47% bit (rank overestimation) and go after freeloaders wholeheartedly. Again: nobody thinks they’re a freeloader themselves, and if they do, they ain’t voting for you. Relax and have fun with it.
Have some music to help you buck up.