It was supposed to be his victory lap after a big win in Florida, but for Mitt Romney it turned into another public relations disaster.
In an interview on CNN, Romney told Soledad O’Brien: “I’m not concerned about the very poor.” Quote, unquote. What a disaster. What was he thinking?
Now, to be fair, in context, Romney was trying to say: I don’t care about the very poor, or the very rich, I’m concerned about all Americans – and, especially, middle-class Americans.
But that’s not what he said. Again, what he said was: “I’m not concerned about the very poor.” And that was a huge gaffe.
In itself, it might not be so serious. But, for Romney, it ranks right up there with other monumental gaffes, like: “I like firing people.” And: “Wanna bet $10,000.” And “I made a little bit of money giving speeches, not so much.” Which turned out to be $375,00. And “the banks aren’t bad people.”
Taken together, they portray Romney just as he is: a man hopelessly out of touch with average Americans. A man who has no idea what it’s like, after busting your butt, to struggle to pay your bills at the end of the month.
But, at least, Romney is speaking the truth. He, in fact, does not care about the very poor. Or the middle class.
That’s my parting shot for today.