I was 'completely wrong' to say that 47% of the American people are victims and moochers, 'dependent on the government ' Mitt Romney told Fox News' Sean Hannity on Thursday night.
To recap, first Romneyadmitted he said it, then he defended saying it, then he said that it was completely indefensible.
Take your pick from the Etch-A-Sketch candidate.
'Clearly in a campaign with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question-and-answer sessions, now and then you're going to say something that doesn't come out right,' Romney reassured a rapidly nodding Hannity. 'In this case, I said something that's just completely wrong.'
At the moment, he might have added. I'll get back to you if the polls change.
A week earlier of course Romney was talking about President Obama like this: 'There are 47% who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that, that they are victims, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them. Who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing.'
Entitled to health care, food and housing. Why the nerve of those poor people. They really ought to be homeless, hungry and destitute and what a lesson that will be for them.
But Romney has bluntly stated - and I think even his supporters still take him at his word - that his 'job is not to worry about those people.'
And I think that may be the most candid statement of his entire political career. He said this at a $50,000 dollar a seat dinner after all, among the kind of people he is himself, and he never thought he would hear himself quoted afterward.
So first he insulted half the nation, then he defended insulting them, and now he's just content to insult their intelligence. That's what progress looks like, Romney style.
Meanwhile the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent in September.