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Washington's damning verdict on Mitt Romney's gaffe

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    "My job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives," he said, in remarks interpreted by the Daily Beast as telling voters to "drop dead".

    On Time's blog Swampland, Michael Crowley wondered if Republicans may be regretting nominating a candidate the party never much enthusiasm for.

    Mark Halperin in his blog called the gaffe "politically devastating because it plays into people's preconceived notions of Romney as Monty Burns+Thurston Howell".

    He continued: "And the bigger potential problem is that the right (Limbaugh, Ingraham, Erickson) will love what Romney said and if he walks it back they will savage him as being a weak-kneed and caving to liberals and the media.
    Still, as I see it, Romney's only chance to try to stem the damage is to do an abject apology, but that really isn't his style. He's up to his eyeballs in the Freak Show now."
    Michael Tomasky in the Daily Beast said the video "shows the candidate at his smug worst".
    "While you never know with Romney whether he really believes something he says or is just trying to placate the audience before him, in this case it almost doesn't matter. He's made himself the avatar of the forces that do believe it," he adds.
    As the row grows, it won't help that as Gawker reveals, the fundraiser was held at the estate of hedge fund manager Mark Leder in Boca Raton, who is "notorious for his Caligula-esque parties".
    It cites a New York Post story about a summer bash at which "guests cavorted nude in a pool and performed sex acts, while scantily clad Russian women danced on platforms. Dancers at the party also twirled flaming torches to booming beats".
    Gawker adds: "So to review, people who want housing, food, and healthcare: entitled freeloaders. People who want to get HJs in the pool while they watch semi-nude Russian dancers: campaign supporters."
    Few if any conservative commentators or websites have come to his defence. David Frum remarked on Twitter that: "If you're not running for president of all the country, you won't be elected president of any of it."
    Fox News leads its website with a story on Joe Biden and Paul Ryan, the vice-presidential candidates, trading jabs in Iowa.
    The National Review Online offered some advice – that he should double down and stoutly defend his comments.
    "If Romney responds to the Mother Jones story by backing off from his basic argument that far too many Americans are dependent upon the government and that this dependency skews their votes, he will weaken his campaign enormously," it said.

    Source: Telegraph