Let me finish tonight with this.
There's an intriguing defense of what Mitt Romney said to those wealthy folk down in Boca Raton. It's that he wasn't saying what he believed, but what he believed that crowd down there wanted to hear him say.
If that's the best defense Romney can put up, or have put up for him, of the most elitist put-down of the American people in history, the guy's really got problems.
Why? Because the one all-consuming definition of Mitt Romney is his readiness to buckle to every element on the American right. He knocks the two-state solution on the Middle East. He knocks any compromise on spending and taxes. He wants to ban abortion rights and same-sex marriage and legalize the largest gun magazines a human being can carry. And he wants to kiss off anyone in the botton half of the American income stream as long as it butters up the top.
There is, of course, one powerfully significant alternative interpretation: it is that what Mitt Romney said about the haves and what he considers the moochers is exactly what he thinks.