Romney sez "half of America are freeloaders" comments were just off-the-cuff, so no biggie, amirite?
"Mitt Romney's press conference was like a philanderer apologizing for hurting his wife's feelings but saying he won't leave his mistress."
-- Jason Stanford
"Romney genuinely seems to conceive of the lowest-earning half of the population as implacably hostile parasites."
-- Jonathan Chait in The Real Romney Captured On Tape Turns Out To Be A Sneering Plutocrat on nymag.com
"Like Chait, I found Romney’s comments genuinely shocking. I thought this was caricature Mitt Romney, the born-to-privilege millionaire who holds average working people in contempt as hopeless losers driven to suck money for productive people like Mitt Romney. But this is actually the real Mitt Romney. The best case for him is that he was just pandering to this wealthy crowd and doesn’t really believe this either. But that seems like a stretch."
-- Josh Marshall in Just Right on TalkingPointsMemo