The Curse of Mitt Romney's Millions
It's not that he's the first political figure to run for presidency rolling in dough.
But there's something about the former
It's more that Romney doesn't seem to grasp that his money does make him different from the rest of us -- at least from those for whom lack of money makes life considerably more of a struggle than he has ever had to experience. This gap in comprehension and empathy has been apparent throughout his campaign this year, in his repeated tin-ear observations of his better-offness.
First, it was his proposal to make a
All these seemingly unintentional reminders of Romney's fortune bring to mind an earlier Republican presidential candidate who could match him million for million but who countered the too-rich curse in a different way. The late governor of
"Rocky," as everyone called him, wore rumpled suits that seemed dated from the Roaring Twenties and waded into crowds of the hoi polloi greeting all comers with "Hiya, fella!" He modestly expressed his appreciation with "Thanks a thousand!" as if he could not let the word "million" cross his lips. He was loose as a goose on the stump, even to the point of giving one heckler the plebian middle-digit salute in what was probably his most widely circulated photo of him in campaign mode.
Rockefeller himself had a tin ear when it came to life among the 99 percent. Once, in a discussion of
Like Romney today, Rockefeller had trouble with the same conservative segment of his party, fighting the perception that he was a card-carrying liberal. But Romney's woes come from being seen merely as a moderate when there no longer is a liberal wing in the
In any case,
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