Mitt Romney in USA Today on recovery instead of dependency "Efforts that promote hard work and personal responsibility over government dependency make America strong," the Republican candidate for president writes. "My course for the American economy will encourage private investment and personal freedom. Instead of creating a web of dependency, I will pursue policies that grow our economy and lift Americans out of poverty."
Ross Douthat in The New York Times on what Romney's gaffe says about us Romney's gaffe says less about him and more about the rich people he was catering to, not unlike a similar Obama gaffe from 2008 where Obama characterized the working class as "bitter" to a group of Democrat elite. "Both groups of donors seem to be haunted by dystopian scenarios in which the masses rise up and tear down everything the upper class has built."
David Rothkopf in Foreign Policy on the myth of the Israel lobby Benjamin Netanyahu and the Romney campaign both seem to think Israel has more power than it does for the American electorate. Last week, Hillary Clinton rejected red lines, sending a message that they would not be bullied. The administration held its ground because it knew what Netanyahu did not: "American Jews do not vote as a monolith, they don't vote Israel's interests first, they don't like foreign leaders trying to meddle in U.S. elections"