I’m having so much fun watching the RWers embrace the whole Clinton-wealth meme, like a kid who found dad’s secret porn stash. It’s hilarious. I mean, watching Chuck Todd and Chris Cillizza on Friday discuss whether Hillary Clinton is “out of touch with mainstream America” because she said they were broke when they left the White House was an exercise in cognitive dissonance.
It’s spawned headlines like this one:
Oh, they just wish! They wish! I love it when the beltway elites start discussing “real America” and the wealth issue. Nothing shows how out of touch they are than this conversation. They truly do not get it.
What tripped up Mitt Romney was not his wealth. America didn’t dislike Mitt Romney because he’s rich — a poor person is not going to run for president of the United States. The problem was his attitude about his wealth. The problem was the perception that the Romneys felt they were better than everyone else because of their wealth. That their wealth somehow entitled them to lead the country. And that everyone else is just lazy “takers” who don’t work hard, who are not deserving of things like unemployment insurance and food stamps. That the Romenys deserve their handouts but the rest of us do not.
That’s what those guys don’t get. The Clintons don’t give off that attitude. That’s what the wealth issue is about. It’s the “makers and takers” attitude so pervasive among rich Republicans.
So keep talking, Republicans.