The only thing interesting about this is what a "huge deal" the left is making of it. Romney's pointing out something that is true (how many people don't pay taxes), and something else that's true (this makes them beholden to entitlements), and something else that's true (Democrats will hold this over that group to make them vote for them). Every single time a Democrat says "vote for me or you'll lose <insert government funded benefit here>" they're doing exactly what Romney is talking about.
But the majority of people who don't pay taxes are known republican voters. 27% of those Romney included in not paying taxes are elderly citizens who the majority of vote republican. Of the remaining 20% over half reside in the southern Red Block states and are likely republican supporters.
It has nothing to do with the taxes even, that part of the comment doesn't concern me, and I don't find it funny. What I do find funny is that Romney dismissed nearly half of the voters, saying that he doesn't care to win their vote, which in politics clearly means he doesn't care to be their president. This is supported by earlier comments where Romney stated he did not care for poor people. Whom make up a large % of people who are not paying these taxes, and again a majority of whom are actually voters who live in Red Block states.
What's funny is all the liberals scrambling to make this about Romney being mean and away from Romney being right. You are correct though, this will make the debates more interesting. What this video shows is the sharp contrast between Obama and Romney on the issue of taxes and entitlements. Believe it or not, this plays better for Romney than Obama in the election. Hell. I wouldn't be surprised if the Romney camp arranged for this video to get "leaked". Free advertisement that their guy is on the right side of what really is the most significant socio-economic difference between left and right. He'd have had to spend 10s of millions of dollars to get that out to all the conservatives in the country who are cheering him on right now.
No what is funny is Romney saying he doesn't care for half the american population. That is what is funny. He clearly doesn't care to help these people open doors into becoming tax paying citizens. In order to do that they need better jobs, more cost effective health care, support for food and shelter in some cases, support for expensive medications. All things that help people save money, and either invest it into something, or eventually becoming a home owner, or buy a new car, or send their kids to college so maybe they can have a better life.
Probably the funniest part will be seeing him trying to answer these social policy and foreign policy questions. He is a known flip flopper so it will be humorous to see how he answers. Will he cave into the 47% of America he just publicly chastised, will he flip flop on his comments about palestine, or Iran. I mean he did call them all crazy so it will be interesting to see where the Arab Voters stand.
That is what will be funny. He has to go for 270 minutes next month toeing the line released in this video, or he will be pummeled to death with flip flop attack adds, not that it matters anyway, it will take a collapse of monumental proportions to have Romney in the White House.