Tuesday, March 6, 2012

'Let them eat Hermes scarves' or 'Poor Ann Romney'

Posted By on Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Here's a question to ponder while awaiting the Super Tuesday results: How much damage did Mitt Romney do to his campaign through his habit of absentmindedly reminding his party's largely blue-collar base how filthy rich he is?

Slate.com even has a name for this kind of gaffe — "Romneying," defined as "unforced references to one's own economic success."

But the candidate isn't the only Romney who seems hopelessly out of touch with the proletariat. His wife, Ann, appeared on Fox News yesterday for what should have been a softball interview, but only dug her husband in deeper.

Asked rather politely by Neil Cavuto if her "husband — maybe you by extension, the Romney family in general — is oblivious, given your wealth, to the everyday concerns of average folk," Mrs. Romney dutifully explained how being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis has made her more aware of others' pain.

But I'm guessing some of her comments weren't vetted by her prep team:

I don’t even consider myself wealthy, which is an interesting thing. It can be here today and gone tomorrow, and how I measure riches is by the friends I have and the loved ones I have and the people I care about in my life and that is where my values are.

That's touching and all, but the way most people measure riches is by how rich they are — and the Romney family reportedly is worth upwards of $200 million. But I agree she did say "an interesting thing." Namely, if what Ann Romney truly values isn't money but rather loved ones and friends, and yet she still doesn't "consider herself wealthy," what does that say about the Romney family and social circle?

Isn't self-loathing among millionaires a terrible thing to see?

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