Mitt Romney says "Corporations are people..." in a campaign moment that will probably dog his campaign. The moment he would no doubt like to forget took place at a fair that he attended in advance of a Republican debate. Running the risk inherent in any unscripted event, he found himself facing Democratic hecklers while talking about dealing with long-term entitlement expenses. Ironically, he was floating the idea that some personal taxes may have to be raised when he was asked about corporations. It was then he said, "Corporations are people, my friend," Romney said. "Of course they are," he added, "everything corporations earn ultimately goes to people." Of course, he didn't mention the record earnings that many corporations have announced; apparently some of the money is a little slow in ultimately going to people. Further, he didn't address how many people that money went to.
It didn't take the Democrats long to capitalize on the sound bite. There is already a video with a soundtrack of Barbara Streisand singing "People who need people..." against a montage including corporate boardrooms and ending with the line "Mitt Romney, Putting People First" with the word "People" replaced by "Corporations."
Its political impact is probably limited. "Corporations are people," although awkward, is probably not on the same level of George Allen's "macaca" or Christine O'Donnell's "I am not a witch."