* Great stuff from the Huffington Post flagging another important Mitt Romney quote from the leaked freeloading 47 percent video:
“’Oh, you were born with a silver spoon,’ you know, ‘You never had to earn anything,’ and so forth. And, and frankly, I was born with a silver spoon, which is the greatest gift you could have, which is to get born in America. I’ll tell ya, there is — 95 percent of life is set up for you if you’re born in this country.”
As Ryan Grim and Arthur Delaney point out: “in crediting 95 percent of an American’s success to the country in which he or she was born, Mitt Romney was saying that something else was responsible for that success. In other words, if you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. ”
Yup: 95 percent of your business — you didn’t build that. This one deserves more attention.
“When you express the attitude that half the country considers themselves victims and wants to be dependent on government, my thinking is that you haven’t gotten around a lot.”
* James Downie has an excellent piece on the resolution of the Chicago teachers’ strike and how it could begin to undermine the pernicious consensus that unions are the major obstacle to educating children.
* Good stuff from Jonathan Bernstein on the undying myth that the Real Obama has still not been thoroughly vetted, and the real reason conservative opinionmakers keep trafficking in this nonsense.
* About that study of working class whites I highlighted earlier today: David Atkins on the “redistribution for me, but not for thee” ethic on display, and how progressives need to combat it.
* And Ed Kilgore is also good on the conflicting forces pulling at working class white voters in this election and how they may decide to navigate them.
In both Colorado and Wisconsin, Obama is ahead by 5 points among likely voters (including those learning toward a candidate), 50 percent to 45 percent. And in Iowa, the president’s edge over Romney is 8 points, 50 percent to 42 percent.
Of course, this polling was taken was before Obama committed his latest game-changing gaffe., i.e., his claim that the way to change Washington is not from the inside, but by engaging more Americans in the political process.
* You’ll be startled to hear this one. Jamison Foser points out that Romney is now attacking Obama for saying precisely the same thing he said himself in 2007:
“I don’t think you change Washington from the inside. I think you change it from the outside.”
* Jed Lewison, on Romney’s latest: “as always, he’s managing to take the dumb, and make it dumber.”
* And yet, the Romney camp claims it will keep pounding this “gaffe” in the days ahead. Game changer!
* Beth Reinhard on the mood inside the Romney campaign and the reasons Romney still thinks he can pull this out. Key nugget:
it is an article of faith in the Romney campaign that the nation’s economic doldrums will ultimately expose Obama to undecided voters as a failed leader and that Romney’s business background and a new emphasis on his more detailed prescriptions to fix the economy will lure those voters into his camp.
The key words there being, “article of faith.”
* Also, about the Romney camp’s vow to share more detail about his economic prescriptions: Romney can’t do this, because his plan isn’t actually a plan to help the middle class.
* And Politifact, on Romney’s claim that “redistribution” has “never been a characteristic of America”: Pants on fire! Amazing that this even needs to be discussed.