I go to a lot of right-wing sites, so I get a lot of right-wing ads. An interesting ad showed for me up in the YouTube sidebar this morning:
What you see above is a screenshot; when I clicked on the actual ad, I went to this page at the Romney site, which hits the word "dependency" hard (click to enlarge):
On one level, obviously, this is Romney taking his "47%" gaffe and trying to turn it into gaffe-ade. On another level -- since Romney's lily-white voter base hears "dependency" and thinks "BLACK BLACK BLACKITY BLACK BLACK," and since the message of last night's shock! horror! Obama video story from the Daily Caller and others is "BLACK BLACK BLACKITY BLACK BLACK" -- I feel as if the new Romney message and the video release have been coordinated.
Whether or not that's the case, this is clearly Romney's message going into the debates: A vote for me is a vote for Us. A vote for Obama is a vote for Those People. I wasn't sure he'd go there -- McCain never really did -- but, yeah, he's going there.
If I were truly paranoid, I'd think that the Romney campaign, or some winger sleazebag like Karl Rove, actually arranged for the release of the "47%" video (and the recently unearthed 2011 video in which Paul Ryan says 30% of Americans are grifters) in the hope that it would turn