Every modern presidential campaign has had a “moment of impact.” The candidate says something or does something that makes a lasting impression. And sometimes the moment of impact can kill a campaign.
There’s new evidence Mitt Romney’s suffering after his own “moment of impact.” These words could follow him for the rest of his life:
“There 47 percent of the people who vote for the president no matter what. My job is not to worry about those people. I`ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to do is convince the 5 percent to 10 percent in the center that are independents.”
In fact, The New York Times crunched the poll data to find out if the “47 percent” comment is hurting Romney:
The poll numbers are pretty steady until Romney’s “47 percent” comments hit the news. The president is holding on to all of his post-convention gains and keeps gaining. Romney is barely holding on or he’s losing likely voters as a result of the hidden camera comments.
Romney’s got another problem.
Lots of candidates have been caught making embarrassing mistakes. But Romney was caught saying something he really believes.
“I think we may have seen a game changer,” said John Nichols, Washington Correspondent for The Nation magazine told The Ed Show. ”And you can’t say that on the night it happens or the night it comes out. You got to watch over time. But what’s significant is that the advantage that Obama got as that began to lock in has continued. In fact, his advantage has continued to grow.”
Watch the segment: