How else can this be explained?
UPDATE: Check out the reaction that is flooding in on this. It seemed like it wouldn’t be possible for Romney to have a worse week than he did last week, but he may just outdo himself. This is from a DNC Rapid Response email.
AP: “Already scrambling to steady a struggling campaign, Republican Mitt Romney confronted a new headache Monday.”
Bloomberg’s Josh Barro: “This is an utter disaster for Romney.”
NY Times’ Paul Krugman: “The idea that half of Americans are just grifters is grotesque. If this is real, it’s very, very ugly.”
Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart: “What the Republican presidential nominee said is reprehensible and unbecoming a man who claims to want to be president of all Americans.”
Slate’s Dave Weigel: “This is Tea Party rhetoric churned into something new and stupid.”
TPM’s Josh Marshall: “ It’s rare when the impact of some gaffe or embarrassment or revelation isn’t overstated on first blush. But this strikes me as possibly that rare exception. This tape strikes me as absolutely devastating.”
Jim Acosta @jimacostacnn Shorter Romney statement… no apologies.
Kasie Hunt @kasie Category of Americans who don’t pay federal income taxes: U.S. troops serving in combat zones.
Mark Halperin @MarkHalperin Many of us have seen pols pander to donors in closed events. I’ve heard my share Rs+Ds. Never anything this damaging however.
@HowardKurtz Romney on the 47 percent seems a stereotype of an unsympathetic venture capitalist–going to be hard to overcome among non-base voters.
@JohnJHarwood Ex-GWBush ad-maker McKinnon: Romney fund-raiser tape “potentially crippling”
@JohnJHarwood Dem pollster Garin on Romney fund-raiser tape: “Reinforces impression he’s mistake/prone & arrogant. would be better off if he apologized”
Michael Falcone @michaelpfalcone Note: The Romney camp’s 1st response to the videos comes from comms director Gail Gitcho, not Romney himself