Mitt Romney surprised everyone by saying that his denigration of the 47%, the much-discussed item in the secretly recorded video, was “completely wrong”.
Why the reversal at this late stage when he had earlier defended those same remarks? It can only be that they have been hurting his campaign even more than people realized and hindered his attempt to shift to the center after pandering shamelessly during the primaries to the most extreme elements in his party.
His reversal has left flat-footed those in his party who had rallied to his side and hailed him for speaking the truth and hoped that this signaled a new and even more vigorous assault on the poor. What will they say now?
I suspect that they will be quiet, thinking that this is yet another cynical lie by Romney in order to court the elusive undecided vote at this late stage of the campaign.
They are likely right.