Romney comments resonate with base
The Kansas City Star
Don’t expect Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to apologize for saying 47 percent of Americans don’t pay income taxes and are unlikely to vote for him in the November election.
Any apology will only anger Romney’s base, which firmly believes that conservative talking point — though captured in a secretly taped closed fundraiser in May. Nevermind the reality that many Romney supporters might be in that 47 percent group.
Romney backers see the bulk of the 47 percent as people who are not like them. In their minds the 47 percenters are blacks, Hispanics, other minorities and poor whites, who as Romney put it, “believe that they are victims… believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.”
It sounds a lot like coded racism.
The reality is very different. But who cares about the facts when fact-checking isn’t part of the GOP presidential campaign.