Democrats have not done well at all in telling their story and explaining their policies in a coherent manner. At the same time Republicans have been doing at least as well in addressing their message to the middle class voters.
This presumption that some people -- "in inner cities, in particular" -- are lazy isn't just insulting, it's a premise used by Paul Ryan and others to justify great cruelty while ignoring the actual sources and causes of poverty.
Is it the case that Romney's comments reflect GOP gospel as opposed to being an hour-long gaffe or a series of ineloquent remarks? To answer that question, let's review a few of the GOP's policy positions and remarks over the past year.
Republicans know that the 47 percent video was a communications disaster for them. But even though they got dramatic evidence last year of how politically damning this sort of messaging is, they can't help themselves.
So, you know that Republican Party "Growth & Opportunity" study that told themselves to be kinder and gentler because the public thinks they're narrow-minded, stuffy, old white men? Well, here's the problem.
Right now the GOP is losing the middle class, Hispanics, women, and millennials like water through a sieve, and for good reason. By changing their messaging, they can stymie the flow and decrease the influence of extremism on the party.