Three weeks ago Mitt Romney was confronted with a secretly recorded video in which he dismissed President Obama’s supporters—the now famous 47 percent—as congenital moochers who were addicted to government because they took no personal responsibility for themselves. Now he disavows the remarks. “I was completely wrong,” he told Fox News on Thursday.
So, in the wake of his impressive debate performance and barely a month before the election, undecided voters are asked to play another round of “Where’s Willard?” Is Mitt Romney the man in that secret video, who thinks ill of almost half the country he hopes to govern? Or is he the man we met in Colorado, an agile master of facts, policies, and economics who seems perfectly personable and maybe even friendly? Or is he someone else altogether?
The president’s aides say, “Look at the secret video! There he is!” They want you to find the real Romney among the chafing dishes, clinking cutlery, and pricey suits. (A new Obama video says “He said it, he meant it.”) Don’t be fooled by the man on the debate stage, they say. That’s just a mask.