Mitt Romney, taking a considerable amount of heat over leaked videos showing him bashing 47 percent of voters as incorrigible moochers, will reportedly sit down with Fox News' Neil Cavuto this afternoon for an interview. From a damage control perspective, that move makes a lot of sense. You'd be hard-pressed to find a media figure more antagonistic toward the poor, more contemptuous of recipients of government benefits, and more sympathetic to Romney's line of attack than Neil Cavuto.
To recap, Mother Jones published a surreptitiously filmed video of Romney at a fundraiser telling donors that “there are 47 percent who are with [President Obama], who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims ... These are people who pay no income tax.” Romney added: “My job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
It's an argument tailor-made for Cavuto's sensibilities.
He's an enthusiastic proponent of the false claim that “more than half of American households” do not pay taxes.
He thinks the rich should have their tax burden decreased, while those households that have no federal income tax liability -- Romney's 47 percent -- should pay more so they'll have “skin in the game.”
He describes government assistance for the needy as being “enslaved to the government.”
He reacts harshly to suggestions that the wealthy pay more in taxes.
In fact, he's so very opposed to the idea of taxes on the rich that he can't help but sympathize with wealthy Americans fleeing the country to dodge their tax burden.
So for Romney, who's taking it on the chin for attacking voters as “dependent on government” and mooching off the wealthy, there's no friendlier interrogator than Cavuto.