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New York magazine traced the story behind the Mitt Romney Youtube video that has been around for a few months but only became wildly viral today. Here's the crux of the report:

The damning video of Mitt Romney telling a room of wealthy donors how he really feels about the free-loading 47 percent of Americans "who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it," among other candid things, has been floating around online in bits and pieces for three months, but didn't hit the big time until it was published by David Corn at Mother Jones today.

Credited as a "research assistant" on the story is James Carter IV, the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, who has been toiling online as an opposition researcher and is "currently looking for work," according to his Twitter bio. "I've been searching for clips on Republicans for a long time, almost every day," said Carter this evening. "I just do it for fun." But by connecting Corn with the mysterious uploader of the clip, Carter has uncovered his biggest story yet, one that could potentially affect the outcome of the election. (And get him a job.)

Carter told Daily Intel that he first noticed a portion of the video in which Romney discusses using Chinese labor while working at Bain Capital. That clip, uploaded by a YouTube user named "Rachel Maddow" in late May, has since been deleted, but eventually made it to Buzzfeed and Daily Kos.

American Bridge has incorporated the video into an ad (I presume a web ad) here. Hat tip to Susan from 29:

Wouldn't it be ironic if the guy who takes such glee in denigrating the legacy of former President Jimmy Carter, has his political career ended by the literal legacy of Jimmy Carter?

Originally posted to FiredUpInCA on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 06:10 PM PDT.

Also republished by Kos Georgia.

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