Reading through the transcript and media coverage of Mitt Romney’s appearance before the American Newspaper Editors yesterday (more about that shortly), I was stunned to read this Romney response to a question, according to Karen Tumulty’s account:

“I think the Democratic Party has done an effective job in trying to mischaracterize our views,” Romney said, indirectly acknowledging the toll that the GOP has suffered among women as the campaign debate has turned to social issues.

Surely he was misquoted. Surely Mitt Romney would not slap conservatives in the face by referring to the opposing party as “Democratic” rather than “Democrat.”

Keep this up, Mitt, and you really will have to put Allen West on the ticket!

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.