Romney Video: Hard for Loyalists to Defend

The conservative Twitterati, quick to bash Obama, were silent after the GOP nominee's remarks.

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From my experiences traveling to meet Tea Party voters in Florida and Arizona, I can say that many of them are part of the 47 percent. (This map, for example, shows how many of those income tax "nonpayers" live in the South.)

For Romney, the silence about his comments among likely supporters on social media is deafening. Is this the moment where he loses not only swing voters but also some of his base? We'll know for sure in November, but between now and then we can expect a lot more analysis -- on and off social media -- of his comments.

Farai Chideya is a journalist, author and distinguished writer in residence at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

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