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Mitt Romney’s had a problem ever since the secret video of him speaking about 47 percent of the country that pays no federal income tax leaked out this week. It’ll take a few days for polls to show just how much of a problem he’s got, but until then, pundits will keep arguing about the impact of what’s becoming known as Romney’s “47 percent problem.”
With this latest one, we couldn’t help but notice that “[Politician]’s [Something] Problem” is a fairly easy headline for political writers to reach to, and there’s something about Romney that makes them even more prone to it. (We’re even guilty of it, occasionally.) Just how often do we declare that Mitt Romney has a “problem”? In the spirit of Jay-Z, we assembled at least 99 instances. Will the “47 percent problem” be the one that finally decides the campaign? We don’t know, but we do imagine it’ll have more impact than, say, his “baked goods problem.”
But then again, he’s sure overcome a lot to get here. Just how much? Well, read on, and then maybe we can all agree to retire this particular headline construction for a little while:
You probably noticed some publications offending more often than others, and in particular the Washington Post, so we have to shout out to their blogger Chris Cillizza for personally contributing seven of Romney’s problems in his headlines. Quite the feat.
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