When you express an attitude that half the country considers itself victims, that somehow they want to be dependent on government, my thinking is maybe you haven't gotten around a lot.
~ Barack Obama on Univision
It’s very upsetting to hear a presidential candidate be so easily dismissive of such a ginormous amount of the population. [If Romney wins the White House] none of those 47 percent of people would have a voice.
~ Rocker Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam
It's Fall. Unless you're Mitt Romney, and then it's freefall.
. . . I like Mitt. Listen to this. He has alienated the young people, alienated the old people, alienated women, alienated minorities, alienated gays. I'm telling you, this takes talent.
~ David Letterman
Romney has lived the past six years in his party's overheated shark tank, spending more time pestering plutocrats for cash than meeting with and listening to the general public. I suspect Romney doesn't really believe that 47% of the electorate are moochers; he was just dialing for dollars. But it's becoming increasingly difficult to see how the man who mouthed those words, whether he believes them or not, can be elected President.
~ Joe Klein on Time Magazine Politics
Willard of Oz
Let Me Start with this rare moment when you get to look behind the curtain. Remember in "The Wizard of Oz," when we saw the man actually doing the talking? Well, this is the week when we heard from the real Willard of Oz, Mitt Romney. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, we`re told, but how can we ignore the real Willard who says half the country, the country he wants to run, is filled with beggars -- beggars, moochers, loafers, looters, people who don`t work, don`t want to work, want the better-off half to give them breakfast in bed.
That Willard of Oz is the man we want to talk about tonight because he`s one, the real Willard, who wants the people to give him control of the country. And that`s our topic tonight, the man behind the curtain who thinks "compassionate conservativism" is yesterday`s magic act and wants to crack down on the little people big-time -- or at least that`s the way he talks when he`s fobbing for money down in tony Boca Raton.
~ Chris Matthews on Hardball
I honestly don’t know what Romney can do to win support from the voters he needs to gain a majority. I thought the debates would be an opportunity, but he has dug his hole so deeply now, I don’t know if he can pull himself out. Does he get up and say, “I was just kidding. I don’t see half of America as victims. I just needed to raise some money, and I got a little carried away talking to the 1 percent.”
I loved Michelle Obama’s line in her speech: “A presidency reveals who you are.”
So do campaigns.
. . . And mark me down as one Republican not happy with what is being revealed about Mitt Romney.
~ Mark McKinnon on Daily Beast
. . . The Romney campaign has to get turned around. This week I called it incompetent, but only because I was being polite. I really meant "rolling calamity."
A lot of people weighed in, in I suppose expected ways: "Glad you said this," "Mad you said this." But, some surprises. No one that I know of defended the campaign or argued "you're missing some of its quiet excellence." ...
. . . A campaign is a communal exercise. It isn't about individual entrepreneurs. It's people pitching in together, aiming their high talents at one single objective: victory.
Mitt Romney needs to get his head screwed on right in this area.
~ Peggy Noonan on Wall Street Journal
Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring. This is hard and, you know, it’s an important thing that we’re doing right now and it’s an important election and it is time for all Americans to realize how significant this election is and how lucky we are to have someone with Mitt’s qualifications and experience and know-how to be able to have the opportunity to run this country.
. . . It’s nonsense and the chattering class . . . you hear it and then you just let it go right by. Honestly, at this point, I’m not surprised by anything.
~ Ann Romney on Radio Iowa
What Ann Romney doesn’t seem to get is the Republicans that she derisively labeled as the “chattering class” are Republicans who have participated in winning presidential campaigns. People like Peggy Noonan and Mark McKinnon know what they are talking about, so when they tell Mitt and Ann Romney they are blowing it, it would be wise to listen up.
That’s the thing that this campaign has revealed about the Romneys. They aren’t wise. They are ambitious, reckless, narrow minded, out of touch, selfish, entitled, arrogant, uncaring, and a million other adjectives, but their biggest problem is that they aren’t smart.
~ Jason Easley and Sarah Jones on Politicus USA