Earlier this morning I mentioned Mitt Romney's $10,000 proposed wager to Rick Perry during a debate, and called it a gaffe, a soundbite that will be shown by Team Obama if Romney became the GOP nominee, to show how disconnected and tone deaf Romney is to the everyday American and the financial problems that hound them.
Well, sure enough, the man who has been running for president for 5 or 6 years now, has done it again!!!
Mitt Romney in Detroit, Michigan- "I actually love this state. This feels good being back in Michigan. You know, the trees are the right height, the streets are just right. I like the fact that most of the cars I see are Detroit-made automobiles. I drive a Mustang and a Chevy pickup truck. Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs. I used to have a dodge truck, so I used to have all three covered."
The Romney campaign later said Ann Romney drives two Cadillac SRX’s (model years 2007 and 2010), one in California and one in Massachusetts.
The 2010 model of the luxury compact SUV retails for about $36,000 to $50,000, while the 2007 model retails for $38,000 to $44,000. (The base MSRP for a Cadillac SRX is $35,485, according to the Edmunds car price Web site.)
Now, let's be clear here, if you have money and can afford four vehicles, more power to you. Absolutely nothing wrong with spending money that is yours on whatever you want to spend it on.
With that said, when running for for the Republican nomination for presidency, at a time where gas prices are soaring, food is up, housing down and a large part of the population is worried about where their next rent payment is going to come from or how much food they can afford to be able to feed their families or how their utility bills are going to paid, it is not good optics to continue to show the population that you cannot possibly understand the trials that they are going through.
No reason to hide the fact that he is rich, but there is also no reason to shove his money down voter's throats either.
Add to that the fact that Team Obama, Democrats and liberals across the country are going to take comments like "I'm not concerned about the very poor", "Rick, I’ll tell you what, 10,000 bucks, $10,000 bet", answering interview gotcha questions about how much money he has with "Between 150 and 200 some-odd million," and so many other comments that can, and definitely 100% assuredly will, be used against him by Obama and company if he was chosen as the GOP nominee for president.
Bad optics even though there is nothing wrong with owning four cars and having millions.
Perception is reality and Romney's manner of referring to things is perceived, by many, as being completely out of touch with everyday men and women in America.
He cannot relate and this is one major reason why he hasn't been able to close the deal, hasn't been able to get a majority of conservatives to unite behind him.