As anyone with a television, radio or computer knows by now Mitt Romney is rich, a jerk, and a terribly inartful campaigner. Following on the heels of the opinion he offered recently to George Stephanopoulos that the income of the middle class is around, "$200,000 to $250,000 a year", he places something unsavory in the punchbowl of the presidential campaign.
My only question is, "why does this surprise anyone ?"
From top to bottom the Republican Party has been delivered to the fringe of the right wing. The Tea Party has become the Republican Party. The Republican Party has become the Tea Party. The glaring irony of this osmotic flow of party identity is that many of the people Romney speaks so dismissively of are caught in the same net the Mittster cast. The roughly half of the nation Romney says he simply writes off as unreachable boobs, beholden to government largess and an easy existence on the dole, make up a fair amount of his Tea Party base. They are retired. They are disabled. They are stuck in low-paying, dead-end jobs and so they don't make enough money to cross the threshold of paying taxes. Perhaps these low-wage dregs owe their station in life to a policy of job-elimination similar to that pursued by Romney's Bain Capital.
And yet, we are told, the presidential race remains tight, maybe even too close to call.
What's the matter with these people? Don't they own a television?