Gallup has published a poll of the highest and lowest income earners and for whom they are most likely to vote. The highest and the lowest income earners are those who pay the lowest income tax rates (see Romney, 14%) or the least likely to pay income taxes at all--the highest earners because they can stash their money in foreign bank accounts and hire armies of lawyers to find every loophole available to them so that they pay a rate lower than the people who wait on them hand and foot; and the lowest income earners, Romney's "moochers," are also those who pay no income tax.
The Gallup poll shows that those are the two segments of the population most likely to vote for Romney.
"Romney's comments in the recently released video clip from a May fundraiser implied that he has written off as certain Obama voters about half of the population whom he says pay no income tax. Gallup does not track voters who pay no income tax, so it is not possible to isolate these voters precisely.
Still, government data suggest that those who are most likely to pay no income tax are those who have very low incomes and are the youngest and oldest segments of society.
Recent Gallup Daily tracking data show Romney in fact has significant support among these segments: those with the lowest incomes, the young, the old, and the older voters who have low incomes."
Romney's secret remarks to a room full of mega-wealthy donors insulted those
It's difficult to come up with something more stupid for a candidate to do than that.
Fellow blogger Infidel753 has a blogpost up that elaborates on this subject. Here's a teaser:
"Former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan has downgraded her assessment of Romney's campaign from "incompetent" to "rolling calamity". She offered some advice, too, as other Republicans have, but the candidate insists everything is fine, and Ann "Dances with Horses" Romney waved off all those trying to throw buckets of cold water on this Hindenburg disaster with an imperative that may yet win immortality: "Stop it! This is hard!" No wonder Republicans are becoming disgusted and divided and even campaign insiders are in despair."
And finally, this:
"The attack on Mitt Romney was tough, even vicious.
As expressed at a now-infamous fundraiser in Florida, the Republican nominee's 'ideology, pitting the 'makers' against the 'takers,' offers nothing,' the writer said. 'No sympathy for our fellow citizens. No insight into our social challenge. No hope of change.'
'This approach involves a relentless reductionism,' the writer argued Thursday in the Washington Post. 'Human worth is reduced to economic production. Social problems are reduced to personal vices. Politics is reduced to class warfare on behalf of the upper class.'
It was perhaps the most thorough, full-throated denunciation of Romney this year -- and, of course, a conservative Republican wrote it.
The author, Michael Gerson, has impeccable right-wing bona fides: He worked at the Heritage Foundation, served Chuck Colson and Bob Dole, and was President George W. Bush's chief speechwriter."