In the cold light of reflection about the Romney Tapes what is lingering for me is what a pessimist Mitt is.
Mitt doesn't talk about the difficult task he has convincing the 47% to vote for him. No, he just writes them off. He doesn't talk about how hard finding a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine is. No, he just declares it impossible and a task not worth pursuing.
What the tape shows most clearly is that Mitt Romney is a sneering misanthrope. While Barack Obama represents the three theological virtues (Faith, Hope, and Charity), Mitt Romney subscribes to their opposite:
Apostasy - He is a Mormon, after all.
Despair - Nothing can be done nor should we even try.
Indifference - The poor shall always be with us draining our profits.