“I wanted to increase the work requirement. I said, for instance, that even if you have a child 2 years of age, you need to go to work. And people said, ‘Well that’s heartless.’ And I said, ‘No, no, I’m willing to spend more giving day care to allow those parents to go back to work. It’ll cost the state more providing that daycare, but I want the individuals to have the dignity of work.’”
That video is from three months ago. And you're going to see it a couple dozen times in the next few weeks. Now the far Right is going to keep harping on Rosen, but the media narrative is already shifting back to Mitt Romney and the Republican Party once again being anti-woman. Two days for a perfectly good line of attack to backfire on Romney because of video of something he'd said in the past, and I'm pretty sure it only took that long because the weekend got in the way.
And that's a serious problem for him. President Obama is a notoriously tight campaigner who doesn't really make gaffes. So Romney is likely only to get opportunities like this, a random Democrat saying something stupid or if he's lucky maybe a campaign surrogate. And just when the story starts gaining some steam, video of Romney saying something counter to his current position is going to surface. It doesn't even really matter what the issue is, between trying to run to the left of Ted Kennedy for Senate, as a moderate for Governor, and trying to woo the Tea Party in his run for President, Romney has pretty much taken every position on every issue. And that's before you get to his increasing tendency to make gaffes (see for example, a few weeks ago with Obama's hot mic moment: just as it was starting to gain some steam, Romney said that he should release transcripts of all private conversations with all foreign leaders and the story became about Romney's lack of foreign policy experience). And Romney's own campaign provided the perfect term for it: an Etch-A-Sketch moment.
Romney's got an uphill battle for the general election, and if his attacks keep backfiring on him it's going to be impossible.