I think the same is true about the surreptitious film of Mitt Romney making comments at a fundraiser about how 47% of Americans don't pay income taxes so they will be hard to convince that lowering taxes would be good for the economy. Put aside the fact that what Romney said is basically true, and essentially repeats what has been a truism of American political observation since Tocqueville, namely, that once a majority of the people figure out they can vote themselves money out of their neighbors' pockets, democracy cannot long survive. The timing of the story by a minor, but well-known left-wing publication, Mother Jones, suggests to me that it is a plant by the Obama campaign. I think they've had this film for many months, and released it at a time when they thought they needed to shift attention. Consider:
- The facts coming out of the Middle East show that the Obama administration either knew or should have known that attacks on our embassies on 9/11 were imminent.
- The Office of Inspector General report on Fast and Furious is due out either this week or next, and leaks have already suggested that it will be very hard on the Obama administration.
- The economy continues to be tanking, and the jobs report for September, which is now due out two weeks from Friday, will likely be more of the same.
- Polls are starting to show that the Obama convention bounce has dissipated, and internal polls must be showing that Romney could be ahead once the unlikelihood of repeating the 2008 Democratic turnout among blacks and youth is factored in.
That's how the world works.