Mitt Romney's latest gaffe has once again demonstrated the distance between his kind of elitist conservative dogma and the reality of the American working class.
It also points out the rather perverse and insulting, but prevailing conservative notion, that wealth and its acquisition is virtuous and poverty can be equated with sloth and a demonstrative lack of virtue.
In the wealthy conservative fantasy, wealth is the by-product of hard work, perseverance and daring. It is the cosmic reward from God himself to the worthy.
Logic follows then that the lack of economic success must therefore be the result of some character flaw, some failing on the part of the poor, and that the same God who has rewarded the virtuous rich has smote the unworthy with the burden of poverty.
This self-serving world view is on full display in the tape of Romney speaking to wealthy campaign donors. It reveals much about this man who would be our president, none of it particularly flattering.
One might speculate that amidst all the convoluted positions on a variety of issues that Mr. Romney has taken in his illustrious political career, this tape contains the most convicted and honest words he has ever spoken.