Molly Ball reports that this ad is playing in Ohio with some regularity. The tough thing about the 47 percent tape is, it isn't a gaffe. It isn't a misstatement. It's a coherent, if amoral, argument, delivered with force and clarity. It doesn't really require being taken out of context. You can just run Romney in his own words.
I would not be surprised if Mitt Romney had a few good debates. And it is certainly true that it's possible for a candidate in this position to execute what would be a historic comeback. But it is not very likely. It is even less likely when the politician isn't very good at the job. The 47 percent tape would be devastating for any politician. But it is especially devastating for Mitt Romney.
Meanwhile, the always (and appropriately) cautious Nate Silver reports
that "Mitt Romney had one of his worst polling days of the year on Wednesday." Claiming the 47 percent tape is a "golden opportunity
" is like claiming you had a heart attack on purpose.
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