Fast-moving story as our old pal David Corn releases a supremely damaging video, leaked to him, showing Mitt Romney at a Boca Raton fundraiser on May 17 basically trashing 47 percent of the country. So I will return to my “live-blog” format for updates, latest at top.
* TUESDAY *
2:30 pm Mother Jones, as promised, just posted the entire forty-seven-minute Romney video, in two parts (see below). Romney demanded this last night, saying he would explain fully what it all meant after that. Now he’s set to appear on Fox this afternoon.
10:10 am As we noted when the name came up of Romney’s host last May 17 when he gave his now notorious “47 percent moochers” speech, Marc Leder has been singled out in tabloids as a party boy connected to one bash that featured sex acts and more. This Wash Post piece provides some more info on him, including this fact: the Mitt party was a $50,000-a-plate dinner. Gosh, for that, these fellas probably expected sex acts, or at least nudity. Poor Mitt. More here from the Palm Beach Post. And New York magazine.
9:10 am New, dire responses to the video.
8:40 am Corn with part II of his report on the Romney video, along with more from the video itself, at Mother Jones site. (Remember, Romney last night demanded full release before he’d respond at length.) This covers mainly foreign policy areas. “The idea of pushing on the Israelis to give something up to get the Palestinians to act is the worst idea in the world.” And so on.
* MONDAY *
11 pm David Brooks in his column just up at the New York Times torches his candidate, calling him Thurston Howell Romney. It’s welcome, but comedic, given Brooks’s praise for Romney and Ryan in the past. Mitt’s remarks in the video? “First, it suggests that he really doesn’t know much about the country he inhabits. Who are these freeloaders? Is it the Iraq war veteran who goes to the VA? Is it the student getting a loan to go to college? Is it the retiree on Social Security or Medicare? It suggests that Romney doesn’t know much about the culture of America. Yes, the entitlement state has expanded, but America remains one of the hardest-working nations on earth.”