From the most right-wing columnist in the Tory paper, the Telegraph:
Romney video: I think Obama just won the election. When was the last time a president fighting for re-election was handed such a gift? Remind me, someone: how did the GOP end up with this idiot as their candidate?
Another British right-winger, Tim Stanley:
Sure, Romney’s quote might contain a grain of truth. But it’s also cruel and fatalistic. The American Dream is rooted in the hope that someday we’ll all be rich enough to pay lots of tax (or own a bank account in the Caymans). To suggest that some folks will stick with their entitlements forever – that’s un-American. And Mitt makes it so much worse by suggesting that he doesn’t care about them, either: “My job is not to worry about those people.”
On this side of the Atlantic, partisanship is, for the moment, holding back the panic. Allahpundit thinks it will all blow over:
This was recorded awhile back at a fundraiser, just like Obama’s infamous “bitter/clinger” comments in 2008. Remember how big that blew up? That’s how we ended up with President McCain.
The difference is that Obama was empathizing with the white working class’s economic plight, not blaming it on them and not caring about them. Patterico:
Those who see themselves as sucking on the government teat — a much smaller group, by the way, than the group that actually is sucking on the government teat — will be offended and won’t vote for Romney. Guess what? They weren’t going to anyway. Independents may be put off by Romney’s seemingly callous attitude towards the 47 percent of people who don’t pay income tax. He’s going to have to work to come back from this. But it’s hardly the end of the world. Don’t be a sucker for the Big Media spin.
I don’t think the videos need any spin. They are self-explanatory. The Daily Caller decides to lie:
A video that has surfaced online shows Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaking candidly about the election and saying President Obama’s most diehard supporters are “dependent on government” and think they are “entitled to health care, to food, to housing.”
47 percent of Americans are “Obama’s most diehard supporters”! I haven’t seen those polls myself. Drudge doubles down:
INDEED: Campaign that wrote off the white working class decries Romney’s concerns with the culture of dependency.
But again, Obama’s remarks were aimed at winning over the economically depressed white working class, not writing them off entirely, let alone expressing contempt for them. There’s a difference. Althouse:
I don’t see anything bad in there at all.
Mitt Romney told donors earlier this year that Obama supporters fail to take responsibility for their own lives. That sounds about right.
Massie gets it:
This is the thing: when you’re already the Man from Bain you don’t need more things cropping up reinforcing the most damaging stereotypes your opponents use against you. And you really don’t need to reinforce those stereotypes yourself. A simple rule of thumb: when people fear you’re a vampire squid don’t encourage them to believe you really are a vampire squid.
Another simple thing: even when the electorate merit your contempt it’s not a good idea to make your contempt quite so plain.
(Photo: Romney today by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)