It’s not that they don’t work — they just don’t earn enough to owe additional income to the federal government. To begrudge them for this — to attack them as people who don’t take “personal responsibility” for their lives — is to show a real callousness and disdain for many of the people he seeks to represent.
* Must-read from Digby: “Parasites R Us.” A taste:
I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a presidential candidate with more contempt for the American people than Mitt Romney. It’s one thing for a candidate to attack his opponent, but to attack half he country as a bunch of losers you don’t have to care about is just unprecedented.
* “Being poor sucks,” says Atrios. “Bring me to this fantasy world where the welfare gravy train just gives all the poor people free car elevators.”
* Good stuff from Jonathan Capehart on how the clip reveals a “contempt for half the country that demands an explanation from Romney.”
* The Romney campaign issues a statement on the video:
“Mitt Romney wants to help all Americans struggling in the Obama economy. As the governor has made clear all year, he is concerned about the growing number of people who are dependent on the federal government, including the record number of people who are on food stamps, nearly one in six Americans in poverty, and the 23 million Americans who are struggling to find work. Mitt Romney’s plan creates 12 million new jobs in four years, grows the economy and moves Americans off of government dependency and into jobs.”
This will not end, here, however; Romney will almost certainly be pressed to explain what he meant in the days ahead.
* This, from the leaked video, is also bad:
In the series of leaked videos, Romney also tells supporters that if he “had he been born of Mexican parents I’d have a better shot of winning this,” that he “was born with a silver spoon, which is the greatest gift you can have: which is to get born in America,” and that he “inherited nothing” from his wealthy father.
* Nate Cohn digs into what really drove Obama’s post convention bounce, and reaches this key conclusion: “The fact that Obama’s gains didn’t come from Republican-leaning groups is also a reason why Romney might struggle to make a big comeback.”
* The Obama campaign is up with a new ad hitting back at Romney for claiming he’s failed to get tough on China, another sign the Obama camp recognizes the potency of these attacks in key industrial battlegrounds.
* And a key finding from Pew: Only 26 percent of those following the news regarded Romney’s embassy comments favorably; if this was about recasting the campaign as more aggressive, it hasn’t paid off.