Last month, David Brooks offered a hilarious takedown of Mitt Romney—"After a successful stint at Bain, Romney was lured away to run the Winter Olympics, the second most Caucasian institution on earth, after the G.O.P."—which he insisted was supposed to be satirizing how the media portrayed the Republican presidential nominee. But now, after Romney has expressed his disdain for 47% of Americans who don't pay income tax and reiterated his position, the conservative NY Times op-ed columnist seems sad and mad—today's column is called "Thurston Howell Romney."

Of Romney's remark that 47% of Americans "are dependent upon government, who believe they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to take care of them, who believe they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it," Brooks writes, "This comment suggests a few things. First, it suggests that he really doesn’t know much about the country he inhabits. Who are these freeloaders? Is it the Iraq war veteran who goes to the V.A.? Is it the student getting a loan to go to college? Is it the retiree on Social Security or Medicare?"

He also points out:

The people who receive the disproportionate share of government spending are not big-government lovers. They are Republicans. They are senior citizens. They are white men with high school degrees. As Bill Galston of the Brookings Institution has noted, the people who have benefited from the entitlements explosion are middle-class workers, more so than the dependent poor...

[A]s a description of America today, Romney’s comment is a country-club fantasy. It’s what self-satisfied millionaires say to each other. It reinforces every negative view people have about Romney.

Personally, I think he’s a kind, decent man who says stupid things because he is pretending to be something he is not — some sort of cartoonish government-hater. But it scarcely matters. He’s running a depressingly inept presidential campaign. Mr. Romney, your entitlement reform ideas are essential, but when will the incompetence stop?

Or you can think Romney is a kind, decent man to his family, friends and fellow Mormons. As for the rest of us, he doesn't give a shit.