Thursday, February 02, 2012

Poor Little Rich Boy

In politics, it's usually the unforced errors that prove the most instructive.

For Mitt Romney, yesterday provided just such a moment, when the Republican frontrunner offhandedly mentioned his focus on the middle class and thus his lack of concern for the "very rich" or the "very poor." Taken out of context, statements like "I'm not concerned about the very poor," tend not to play so well politically, and not only did this offer up yet another instance (like Romney's "I like being able to fire people" gaffe from last month -- again, removed from context, not so good) to bolster the narrative of Romney as "out-of-touch rich guy," but it also demonstrated precisely how out-of-touch he is.

Romney's contention, so confidently asserted, implies that there's somehow parity between the nation's extremely rich, who I'm fairly certain can count on their wealth to help them "get by," and the extremely poor, whose definition of "getting by" differs greatly, and most of whom are just barely holding it together even with the assistance of the crumbling social safety need (crumbling, mind you, because of a sustained Republican assault for decades now). This is a belief so ludicrous and ill-informed that it's laughable on its face. As one would expect, this was a situation Jon Stewart plied to full advantage on last night's Daily Show:

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