The LA Times:
Mitt Romney hit back at President Obama's comments Friday morning that the private sector was "doing fine"....
"Is he really that out of touch? I think he's defining what it means to be detached and out of touch with the American people," Romney told supporters gathered in a park in Council Bluffs, Iowa. "Has there ever been an American president who is so far from reality?"
Some will find Obama's admittedly impolitic gaffe an embarrassing item to be hastily explained and preferably shelved, which of course it won't be; Romney will have it bronzed and up on the tube before the day is through, complete with a sonorous narrator sounding woebegotten, deeply concerned and abjectly befuddled. This will depress the introductory "some."
Alas, that's the wrong way to look at it.
How do I see Romney's rank opportunism?
To explain. If Obama had not said, for instance, that he had studied the astronomical matter and decided the moon is made of green cheese, sooner or later Romney would have got around to claiming Obama had said he had studied the matter and decided the moon is made of green cheese. Thus Romney's recidivist distortions actually free Obama to say whatever he likes, since Romney will say he said ... whatever, anyway.
In other words, it's impossible to commit genuine gaffes when one's opponent will always just make them up for you.