Mitt Romney's secretly recorded comments at a fund-raiser...reveal something vital about Romney, and they disqualify his claim to the presidency.—Jonathan Chait, observing "The Real Romney Captured on Tape Turns Out to Be a Sneering Plutocrat."
To think of Romney's leaked discourse as a "gaffe" grossly misdescribes its importance...
[T]he video exposes an authentic Romney as a far more sinister character than I had imagined. Here is the sneering plutocrat, fully in thrall to a series of pernicious myths that are at the heart of the [mendacity] that has seized his party. He believes that market incomes in the United States are a perfect reflection of merit. Far from seeing his own privileged upbringing as the private-school educated son of an auto executive-turned-governor as an obvious refutation of that belief, Romney cites his own life, preposterously, as a confirmation of it. ("I have inherited nothing. Everything I earned I earned the old fashioned way.")
...Romney regards ["the looters and moochers"] as something akin to a permanent enemy class—"I'll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
...Romney's embrace of Paul Ryanism is born of actual contempt for the looters and moochers, a class war on behalf of his own class.
As if a dude with a gold-plated moon mansion featuring a jewel-encrusted car elevator could ever be anything else.