Well, I said I had done my last post on the election, but it just won't go away. The latest: Mitt Romney's teleconference with donors in which he said that people voted for Obama because they were bribed. As many have commented, this bears a remarkable resemblance to his earlier comment to donors that 47% of the population would never take personal responsibility and care for their lives. The general assumption seems to be that saying it once might just be pandering to donors, but now Romney has said it twice, so he must really mean it.
I will make two comments on this. One is that although I will not presume to say what (if anything) Romney does or does not believe, obviously he thinks this is what Republican donors want to hear. Given Romney's closeness to the Republican donor class, it seems safe to assume that his belief is accurate. The other is that he makes at least some attempt to explain normal people to his donors. So I suppose this counts a little in his favor. In any event, regardless of what Romney thinks, this appears to be what Republican donors think. I don't want to give power to any party beholden to donors who hold so many of their countrymen in such contempt.