From the NY Times, the anatomy of a Republican Chernobyl:
I expected him to have the guts to stand up and say what Rush did was wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong in every sense of the word wrong.
--Mary Russell, Republican, evangelical Christian, and former Romney supporter
This has really energized me, that I need to get more involved with the Obama campaign.
--Jessica Lopez, registered independent, voted for George W. Bush
A lot of my younger friends are Democrats, and it’s hard for them to understand how, as a woman, you can be a member of the Republican Party.
--Meredith Warren, a Republican strategist for Pete's sake
Had Mitt Romney heretofore demonstrated any human capacity for empathy as epiphany, or for pragmatic course correction, or for simply recognizing that any unexamined political campaign is a campaign not worth waging, one might conclude that eight months is more than abundant time for him to turn things around. Yet the man has been presidentially hungering for years -- and as a candidate he just keeps getting thinner.
It's really quite remarkable. I would say "astonishing," but that reaction is no longer genuinely possible.