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?
If Mitt Romney wanted to connect with his audience, he mostly succeeded, at least with the audience inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum. He was measured in tone, not really bombastic and full of pronouncements of love about his family and what he hopes for America.
The American people are likely to learn less about Mitt Romney the person than they would like -- because a significant part of Romney's personal history is not something he wants either conservative Republicans or the rest of the electorate focused on.
Even if Barack Obama were born in Kenya (which I don't believe to be the case) the president still would have been a U.S. citizen at birth, because his mother was an American, a fact which nobody to this date denies.
As Mitt's dad noted, tax returns over a short period can be manipulated. By failing to provide verification of any kind, Mitt is failing to create trust among the electorate that he will ultimately need to govern, if he is elected.
So what exactly is Mitt hiding? Is he a flat-out tax cheat or simply paying embarrassingly low rates which would further cast him as a privileged elitist who's even more out-of-touch with the average voter than previously believed?
The Republican Party and its right-wing echo chamber are trying to make Alinsky, who died at 63 in 1972, famous all over again, by linking him to Barack Obama and demonizing the president as a dangerous radical.
Yet every time voters throw the bums out -- firing Republicans in 2006, firing Democrats in 2010 -- the dynamic remains the same. Congress watchers fear matters will only get worse, regardless of who wields the gavels when the 113th Congress convenes next January.