Mitt attempts to clarify his remarks:
“The president’s view is one of a larger government; I disagree,” Mr. Romney said in an interview on Fox News. “I think a society based on a government-centered nation where government plays a larger and larger role, redistributes money, that’s the wrong course for America.”
I think Romney and I are on the same page, even if his 47% formulation is poorly thought through - even as the European model collapses we currently have an American President who grew up believing in that model and whose faith in it is unshaken. And I don't believe it is controversial to note that expanding middle class entitlements has been a goal of the Democratic Party for decades with health care as the grand prize; limiting themselves to being the defenders of welfare and Social Security didn't offer enough votes.
Barack Obama chimed in:
In an appearance on “Late Show” with David Letterman, Mr. Obama accused Mr. Romney of “writing off a big chunk of the country” and said it would be wrong for a politician to “suggest that because someone doesn’t agree with me that they’re victims or they’re unpatriotic.”
Don't question their patriotism! I don't see that in Romney's remarks, but Democrats are always whinging that their critics are evil homophobic racists questioning their patriotism, so whatever. Which brings us back to Newark mayor Cory Booker, who said this at the Democratic Convention:
“When your country is in a costly war, with our soldiers sacrificing abroad and our nation facing a debt crisis at home, being asked to pay your fair share isn’t class warfare. It’s patriotism,” Newark Mayor Cory Booker said, blasting the Republicans’ opposition to reducing the federal deficit by increasing taxes on the top 1 percent earners.
Well, if Democrats would stop questioning the patriotism of those being asked to foot the bills, maybe Romney will stop questioning the patriotism of those asking for more benefits. Maybe!