By Adam Carlson
March 14, 2013 at 08:27 PM EDT

America, meet Scott Prouty.

The man behind the infamous “47 percent” video, which showed Mitt Romney describing Americans who rely on government as “victims,” sat down with MSNBC host Ed Schultz last night to talk about the impact his surreptitious recording had on the election. For his part, Prouty doesn’t come off as a crazy ideologue or fame-stalker, even if his original pitch — “I felt it was a civic duty” — is complicated by his political leanings. It’s no surprise that Prouty voted for President Obama and is proud to have done so, even if he’s a “registered” independent, and it is interesting that he had no interaction with the campaign (at least to the conspiracy theorists out there, who see machinations in every movement of the news cycle).

Other tidbits: Prouty thinks the video “showed who [Romney] was as a person” and that the footage helped push the polls toward Obama. The most telling detail of the interview is in the timing. This is Prouty’s first on-camera talk since coming forward. Why now? “You know, Romney came out again on Fox News and did an interview just recently and I now that he’s going to be [at] the CPAC Convention.”

Put another way: Romney should avoid most bartenders, especially if they’re wearing checkered blue ties.

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