Mitt Romney is extremely rich. In itself that is not necessarily a political problem. Americans vote for rich politicians all the time and rarely begrudge “honest” success stories. What is a problem for Romney is that it is starting to seem as if he has been so incredibly rich for so long he can’t appreciate that other people are not rich.
Today in Michigan Romney tried to connect with regular people but just ended up pointing out that he is so rich his household has a large fleet of expensive cars. From the Washington Post:
“This feels good, being back in Michigan,” Romney said. “You know, the trees are the right height. The streets are just right. I like the fact that most of the cars I see are Detroit-made automobiles. I drive a Mustang and a Chevy pick-up truck. Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs, actually. And I used to have a Dodge truck. So I used to have all three covered.”
This is another in a series of statements from Romney showing he doesn’t understand what a lot of money is to most people.
At one point Romney said the roughly $360,000 he collected in speaker fees was “not very much” money. In addition, there was the time Romney tried to bet Rick Perry $10,000. Romney’s campaign tried to spin that as him making an outrageous bet, but in reality a $10,000 bet for Romney is like a regular America making a ten to twenty dollar wager. Also, let’s not forget when Romney said “I’m not concerned about very poor people.”
Simply being rich shouldn’t inherently be a political problem for Romney, but the growing impression that his huge fortune has made him unable to even comprehend what life is like for regular people could become a serious image issue.