Glancing at many front pages, an uninformed observer would understand only that Mitt Romney said something controversial and wrongheaded.
As the political press argues about how voters are going to react to Mitt Romney's "47 percent" remarks, if at all, it's worth taking a quick look around America to see how it's playing on the front pages of newspapers. For the most part, the Romney campaign can't be liking what they saw Wednesday.
From the front page of the Decatur Daily News:
The Dallas Morning News:
The New York Daily News:
The Salt Lake City Tribune:
One reason these remarks could theoretically hurt Romney is that the 47 percent of voters he disparaged include GOP supporters and winnable swing voters. I agree with Ramesh Ponnuru when he says that "a lot of the people in the 47 percent won't feel insulted because they don't know they're in it." What perusing these newspaper headlines brings home is the fact that to the uninformed observer this news just comes across as Romney having said something stupid.
"Romney Trips in Tight Race" may well be the takeaway for a lot of barely-paying-attention Americans.