On Fox News, Charles Krauthammer strenuously objects to Mitt Romney's "poor" comments on two grounds.
1. That it reinforces the idea that Romney is "only aware of the poor as people who clean the streets and wash his car."
2. That it betrays a fundamental lack of understanding about conservative ideology.
"This is bad.
.... It's not just that it strengthens the stereotypes Romney as the patrician who's only aware of the poor as people who clean the streets and wash his car.
The real problem here is that it shows he doesn't have a fluency with conservative ideas. Conservatives are not the ones who either engage in the war of the classes or the division of America into classes.
Obama and the Democrats will win that kind of argument every day. The moral case for conservative economics is that our policies are going to help everybody, including the poor.
.... The idea that somehow we consign the poor to the safety net or we patch it and dependency is a liberal idea. It's not our idea.
And Romney is a guy who came late to his new ideology, and he still can't speak it very well."