Mitt Romney’s contention that “47 percent” of Americans won’t vote for him not only condemns nearly half the country, but shows alarming political and class naïveté. Contrary to Romney’s “makers and takers” dichotomy, the American electorate votes on more fragmented lines. The Nation’s John Nichols joins Saturday’s panel on Up with Chris Hayes, pointing out that more than 30 percent of poor Americans have voted for Republicans in past elections.

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For more on the political fallout from Romney’s “47 percent” video, read Greg Mitchell’s latest poll analysis.