— American tragedy: Romney seems clueless, heartless — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial
This is nothing short of tragic. For Mitt Romney and for America.
Until a few days ago, there was reason to believe that the presidential election would be more than a referendum on the economic successes and failures of the incumbent, President Barack Obama. There was hope that the voters were being offered, as a reasonable alternative, a sharp-minded, data-driven turnaround artist who could dive deep into the numbers and find ways to address not only the short-term matters of economic decline but also the longer-term threats of unsustainable entitlement programs.
Now we find out that that alternative is clueless at best and, at worst, heartless.
A leaked video of Romney’s supposedly closed-door chat-up with some high-roller political donors back in May hit the Internet this week. It revealed the Republican nominee to be even more out of touch with the average American than the rich-man caricatures had ever suggested. [Read the rest ...]
— Thurston Howell Romney — David Brooks | The New York Times/The Salt Lake Tribune
— Is Romney one of the 47 percent? — Gwynne Dyer | for The Salt Lake Tribune
— Romney’s "47 percent" comment was no gaffe — Denver Post Editorial
... Not only was the GOP presidential nominee astonishingly arrogant, he was wrong on substance, too. ...
— What about those 47 percent Mitt Romney says pay no income tax? — Jay Evensen | The Deseret News
— Romney’s ‘47 percent’ shows his world view — San Jose Mercury News Editorial
— Mitt Romney explains the worthlessness of Obama voters — David Sarasohn | The Oregonian
— Romney parrots Netanyahu on Mideast policy — Sacramento Bee Editorial
— America’s 47 percent: An enduring myth — Charlotte Observer Editorial
— Fact vs. Mitt Romney’s fiction on income taxes — Kansas City Star Editorial
— Romney’s revelation — Chicago Tribune Editorial
— Mr. Romney’s ‘47 percent’ fantasy — Washington Post Editorial
— Romney’s ‘47 percent’ speech is 100 percent offensive — Philadelphia Daily News Editorial
— How’s that again, Mitt? That’s what we thought — Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Editorial
— Behind Romney’s words: Stereotypes and assumptions — Boston Globe Editorial
— Romney’s 47 percent solution can’t be a casual write-off — Cleveland Plain Dealer Editorial
— What Mitt Romney Doesn’t Get About Responsibility — Ezra Klein | Bloomberg Views
... The working poor haven’t abdicated responsibility for their lives. They’re drowning in it. ...