The tape that was heard around the world is still circling the global net today. In it Mitt Romney basically calls out half of us as being parasitic moochers who pay no tax and for whom he isn’t concerned with. I’d very much like Romney to walk in my shoes for one month to see just how lazy and entitled I am … Anywho, that’s music to the ears of the trust fund and vulture cap brigades. What might not go over so well is the man in whose home Romney made those remarks:
MotherJones— Leder, who has given nearly $300,000 to Romney and other Republicans this cycle, used part of his fortune to become a co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team and has become a fixture of New York tabloid reports, hobnobbing with rap mogul Russell Simmons and other celebrities. The New York Post dubbed him a “private equity party boy.”
In August 2011, the same tabloid reported on a Hamptons bacchanal at a $500,000-a-night oceanfront mansion rented by Leder, “where guests cavorted nude in the pool and performed sex acts, scantily dressed Russians danced on platforms and men twirled lit torches to a booming techno beat.”
Leder, described in press reports as a divorced father of three, later dismissed such reports as exaggerated in an interview with the New York Times. “I think the portrayal of me as having wild and crazy parties is absolutely incorrect,” he said in January. “I spend a small percentage throwing some parties, attending some parties. I like music. I like to dance. But rather than reporting on how I spend 340 days and nights of my year, the media likes to report on the other 25.”
Mr Leder may have missed the media reporting on vulture capitalism extensively, Google Romney and Bain for example, which is what he does the “other 340 days” of the year. And I for one could care less if he has drug fueled sex shows or orgies or whatever. The 47% figure was taken at the lowest of the Great Recession lows and happens to include senoirs on Social Security and tropps in combat zones. If Romney really beileves that shit he’s buying into an economic mythology as wrong as Todd Akin’s female physiology take. A startling shortcoming in a purported Jedi Knight business man.
But there is a group of voters who might care, and they tend to vote conservative. They also happen to be Freudian grandmasters at pretending away info they don’t like, so it remains to be seen how they react to this. But Romney cannot afford to lose a single percentage point with the Bible thump’n crowd, so this could be the inglorious end of Mittens.