Willard, having been exposed as someone who utterly disrespects almost half the country, is trying to recover from the damage his unbelievably callous, ugly, and wrong-headed remarks have done to his campaign. Daniel Larison isn't buying the notion that he'll be able to:
For the sake of argument, let’s assume that the millions of Republican voters Romney insulted with those remarks don’t believe he was talking about them. That doesn’t mean that there won’t be quite a few otherwise Republican-leaning voters who will recoil from Romney’s contempt for almost half of the population. Even if they don’t realize how many of his own supporters Romney insulted, Republican-leaning voters that were already suspicious of Romney because of his background and wealth now have another reason to distrust and dislike him. It’s not as if Romney inspires trust or goodwill to start with. Here we have yet another episode in which Romney has said something that demonstrates either his near-total separation from the way most Americans live, his willingness to say anything if it is politically expedient, or both.
Yes, Willard will indeed say anything to win. When you're devoid of ordinary human sympathy, I guess it's easy to be that way. But the millions of decent Americans that Willard basically called parasites and looters have every reason to turn away from such a repulsive human being.