The problem goes far deeper than a few gaffs and a secretly taped video. The Republican Party failed to rebuild its governing philosophy after its foreign policy was rejected in 2006 and the global economy tanked in 2008.
As Romney more or less put it, the dependent think the government owes them food stamps, public housing and Obamacare. In fact, those entitlements benefit two classes. The poor. And the sick. So here's my confession, Mitt. I'm with them. Call me dependent.
Presently, it's Mitt Romney's turn. After a trouncing in headlines such as the New York Daily News' "Mitt Hits the Fan," over his tacit dismissal of 47 percent of the electorate as freeloaders, he's making the damage control rounds.
When you're the boss, be it the CEO, the president, the VP of Sales, you're always being watched. Or recorded. Or videoed. They don't say things to small groups of people unless they're prepared to say them to their entire community. They do the reverse of what Governor Romney did.
If you follow Republican dogma all the way through to its logical conclusion, Republicans are supposed to be working hard every day to reduce taxes on everybody, all of the time. So the ultimate in reduction is complete elimination, right?
You ever work yard crew at a paper mill? Mama did. But that was just one job. None of her jobs offered a pension, so she's retired on Social Security, which means she pays no income tax. And, because she pays no income tax, Mitt Romney says she feels entitled to free stuff from the government.
I believe in an American Dream predicated on a system where everyone plays by the same rules, where the game isn't rigged to benefit the elite at the expense of the rest of us, and where a convenience store clerk can run for state office -- and win.
The Obama campaign must be sorely tempted to keep quiet and let the self-inflicted distractions of the Romney campaign accumulate. It could be a good way to get re-elected, but it's not a good way to govern.
Romney was clearly telling his funders a fantasy story that they love to hear. But that story is a lie, and we shouldn't accept it from someone who could become a president representing 100 percent of the American people.
Sure, this is politics, where spin runs rampant, mud-slinging is justified and strategy trumps truth, but when approached with a lesson of faith that should guide our whole life, aren't we compelled to speak outside of this style and tone?
Tens of millions of Americans who work hard for modest pay -- unseen and unheard by the Mitt Romneys of the world -- and, as Jesse Jackson once said in his memorable speech to the 1988 Democratic Conventions, "take the early bus."
Does this mean in Mitt Romney's eyes, at least 47 percent of Americans are quite possibly worthless degenerates who will never take personal responsibility and care for their own lives, no matter what encouragement Mitt may try to give to them?
What terrible offense against Republicans have Americans who support the Democratic Party committed that is has cast them so far beyond the pale that they are no longer fit to be represented by their president?
You can't be president of the United States if you don't want to be the president of everyone, but that's what Republican candidate Mitt Romney said in a remarkably arrogant speech to a closed-door high-donor fundraiser -- all captured on video.
Mitt Romney's words of disdain for working Americans -- particularly spoken with such contempt -- are so at odds with the inspiring optimism that for the party faithful was the hallmark of Ronald Reagan.
Raise your hand if you went to a public college or university, work for government, borrow books from a public library, ride on government-run buses, subways, or light-rail, use or work for the post office, took a vacation in a national park... and on.