Romney cuts himself with his own axe


Mitt Romney may have at last made errors that he can't overcome, even with the help of a highly financed ad campaign.

The more he talks, the more he reveals that he is stunningly uninformed. Today he's trying to deal with a video, obtained by Mother Jones Magazine, of a talk to wealthy Republican donors. In it, he portrays nearly half of American voters as dulards and moochers who rely on government help instead of trying to improve their lives.

Romney has tried to explain the comments, saying he could have spoken a bit more eloquently. The problem for Romney, however, is that he couldn’t have been clearer. He is beyond being out of touch with a large swath of voters; he doesn’t respect them and he blames them for the nation’s economic troubles.

But even worse for a presidential candidate, Romney doesn’t understand what he has done. The New York Times’ David Brooks makes this point as well as anyone in this morning’s column. The comments suggest, Brooks writes, “that he really doesn’t know much about the country he inhabits. Who are these freeloaders? Is it the Iraq war veteran who goes to the VA? Is it the student getting a loan to go to college? Is it the retiree on Social Security or Medicare?”

Brooks calls Romney’s comments “country-club fantasy.” They reinforce negative stereotypes that aren’t true, and they make the point that the Obama team has been making since the beginning of the campaign: Romney doesn't get it.

The Romney team, from most reports, is in a state of confusion. This was supposed to be the week they hit the campaign's reset button. But it seems like they hit "delete" instead.