I try not to come out of my bubble too much to pay attention to politics, but someone in my life watches things such as “The O’Reilly Factor,” so I have to maintain balance in the Force by listening to “Democracy Now” on public radio. And that’s where I heard about this:

A leaked video taken secretly at a Mitt Romney ($50,000 a plate) fundraiser is making the rounds, in which Mittens makes many fascinating statements, including,

“47 percent who are with him [Obama], who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax. ”

and this one!

 My dad, as you probably, know was the governor of Michigan and was the head of a car company. But he was born in Mexico … and, uh, had he been born of, uh, Mexican parents, I’d have a better shot at winning this.But he was unfortunately born to Americans living in Mexico…. I mean I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino.

You can watch the most-circulated clips, see the entire video, or read a transcript here at Mother Jones (who broke the original story).

You can hear Romney respond at a press conference  right here on CNN (second video): 

I was speaking off the cuff in response to a question and I’m sure I could state it more clearly and in a more effective way than I did in a setting like that and so I’m sure I’ll point that out as time goes on.

Fascinating. I should come out of my bubble more often.