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July 03, 2014 9:14 AM Why There Will Be More “47 Percent Videos”

By Ed Kilgore

Colorado Democrats can hardly believe their good luck: a video has emerged of GOP gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez doing a passable Mitt Romney impression in a Rotary Club speech back in 2010. Here’s a report from the Denver Post’s Joey Bunch and Kurtis Lee:

“I see something that frankly doesn’t surprise me, having been on Ways and Means Committee: 47 percent of all Americans pay no federal income tax,” Beauprez said in the video. “I’m guessing that most of you in this room are not in that 47 percent — God bless you — but what that tells me is that we’ve got almost half the population perfectly happy that somebody else is paying the bill, and most of that half is you all….”
“I submit to you that there is a political strategy to get slightly over half and have a permanent ruling majority by keeping over half of the population dependent on the largesse of government that somebody else is paying for,” Beauprez said.

Better yet, the video has surfaced with when Beauprez was traveling around the state in a “Unity Tour” with his former primary opponents. Nothing like having to defend yourself for making a nasty comment smearing nearly half the population when you’re hanging with Tom Tancredo, eh?

Lord knows how many of these “47 percent” videos are floating around, or will yet be made. Truth is, this line of “argument” is like a bottomless crack pipe for Republicans, flattering their “base” as the people actually doing all the work in our society and blasting those people as not only lazy and worthless but as dupes of a shady vote-buying elite. Or maybe I’m overthinking it: could be it just shows a lot of GOP speechwriters cut their teeth on the prose stylings of Ayn Rand.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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