Another Romney stubbed a toe while tripping over the family money yesterday. This time it’s Ann:
Mitt Romney’s wife says she doesn’t consider herself to be wealthy. […]
“We can be poor in spirit, and I don’t even consider myself wealthy, which is an interesting thing,” Mrs. Romney said. “It can be here today and gone tomorrow.”
Ann had a pretty pedestrian point to make (money isn’t everything) and a personal story (she has MS) that would make it powerful, but like her husband, she can’t even trot out a well-rehearsed answer on Fox News. Money isn’t everything, but if you have a lot of it, you can’t talk about it until you acknowledge that having it is better than the alternative. Obama has the “I’m fortunate that I’m rich” lead-in down to a science, and the Romneys would do well to emulate him when they talk about their quarter billion in cash.
Speaking of the Romney millions, the bigger issue with their money is that it’s going to keep people from donating to their campaign. Despite the presence of SuperPACs funded by his friends, Mitt will still want to have his own campaign funds, but he’s terrible at attracting small donors. By the time the general rolls around, his rich friends will have maxed out what they can donate directly, and Mitt will probably have to loan his campaign another $40 or more million that he’ll never see again. He hasn’t done it yet, but why the hell would an wage-earning Real American want to send a few bucks to Mitt when Romney himself won’t even take a chance on his campaign?