Mitt Romney says his 47% comment was inelegantly stated. "But he's being modest," writes Michael Kinsley in the LA Times. "It was a perfectly elegant summary of the views of a cartoon conservative, which is what Romney took his audience to be full of." Indeed, if Romney were trying to parody Ayn Rand, he couldn't have done much better. "Romney is a wannabe demagogue," Kinsley observes, meaning he's trying to blame America's problems on some terrifying "other," or, in this case, 47% of the population.
But while Romney becomes a cartoon conservative, Obama is becoming a cartoon liberal. His "other"? The "fat-cat bankers on Wall Street," writes Kinsley. "For this year's Obama, the problem with Bain Capital is simply that it exists. All bankers are scum. Why? Because they are bankers." With this much mindless caricaturing going on, "maybe Homer Simpson will emerge as an independent candidate." Read Kinsley's full column here.