Romney: I love American cars so much, I own four of ‘em

posted at 9:25 pm on February 24, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Pundit & Pundette and Mark Steyn. The money line (no pun intended): “Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs, actually.” Problem or not? Every time he says something that alludes to his wealth, however inadvertently, I have the same argument with myself:

– Damn, that’s a red-meat soundbite for Obama’s class-warfare campaign this fall.
– Oh, shut up. Stop playing the left’s game by scolding Romney for his success.
– I’m not scolding him. He worked hard for his money. He’s entitled to enjoy his wealth. But not all swing voters agree, so why force the issue?
– Maybe more swing voters would agree if you quit whining about “optics” and defended his right to enjoy his wealth instead.
– You’re not going to talk people out of class resentment. It is what it is. Accept it as a political fact of life and deal.
– Betamalesayswhat?
– Huh?
– Betamalesayswhat?
– What?
– Exactly.

How’s this for a compromise: We’ll let Romney slide on talking about his many luxury cars if his campaign promises never again to hold an event in a giant stadium that’s 95 percent empty. Deal?


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I have a dream

Governor Romney’s “plasiic” nature is not him. I repeat, not him.

Go meet and live with some real upper crust rural Americans esp. Mormons. You will find some very like him and many with similar style elements.

Did you ever go to a Mormon Meeting? They talk. They tell sories to connect, sometimes in ways just as Mitt is doing. This goes from the depths of the purposeful life goal to the veneer of the organization of the thought and speech.

Think early 18th Century frontier with simple people holding forth their songs of love in their communities. Stories of suffering, sacrifice, devotion, success, happiness and most of all, testimony about God.

This guy is being ridiculed and I like it about as much as I like BHO being the brunt of jokes about his Caddy or real or imagined personal traits with, or without the race and cultural component.

My dream is that we try to understand one another before we start acting like cruel grade school kids. It is nasty and detracts from things we need to get done!

IlikedAUH2O on February 25, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Romnyes worth a Gazillion dollars. At least he drives cars made by american compaanies.

gerrym51 on February 25, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Kind of depends on how he earned that money doesn’t it? So is it okay to lie, cheat, and steal in order to make your fortune as long as it is done “outside of government”? Some of Bain Capital’s business dealings have been monstrously unethical, but that’s okay, because its been done “outside of government”? Thanks for clearing that up for me.

I guess it really doesn’t matter how you make your money, as long as you make a lot of it. Then when honest people complain, you can always accuse them “class envy”.

ariel on February 25, 2012 at 11:41 AM

oh, pls, all the bain capital dealings were within the framework of existing laws, don’t like them, change the laws or move to another country…I suggest cuba, venezuela, russia, etc. what do you expect, it’s business, not charity, if it’s within the limits of the law, it’s all that matters, business ethics does not equate christian morality, mind you……so spare me the ‘ethics’ diatribe…

jimver on February 25, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Wow. Willard’s wife’s cars are being criticised, and suddenly, neat, well-prepared and researched paragraphs magically appear on Hot Air threads attacking Santorum’s cars!
It’s like the whole Willard campaign is being run according to a textbook–a book of Harvard business school case studies, and staffed by empty-headed, overachieving weenies and Mormons.
Emperor Norton on February 25, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Where to begin? Do you think it’s necessary to pay people to Google, “What kind of car does Rick Santorum drive?”. Behold the motherlode written up after the Detroit Free Press did an investigation, retrieved in 3.2 seconds! How much should someone be paid to find that, do you think?

As for “overachieving” Mormons, what’s your problem dude? You jealous that you don’t have the work ethic or stamina they do? That, say, the CIA doesn’t seek you out to be hired, while Mormons are recruited because of their stellar reputations as reliable, disciplined workhorses who aren’t apt to fall into bed with attractive Soviet agents after being plied with Vodka?

Choke on it.
ddrintn on February 25, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Aw, Miss Grumpypants is in a bad mood again? It’s like Groundhog Day with you…

Buy Danish on February 25, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Governor Romney’s “plasiic” nature is not him. I repeat, not him.
IlikedAUH2O on February 25, 2012 at 12:41 PM

On this we are in complete agreement, but therein lies the crux of the problem. We simply do not know who or what Romney is, because he keeps changing in order to fit in with whatever constituency or electorate he is catering to, hence his “plastic” persona.

ariel on February 25, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Romnyes worth a Gazillion dollars. At least he drives cars made by american compaanies.

gerrym51 on February 25, 2012 at 12:56 PM

this whole ‘Romney’s cars’ issue is a non-issue really, it started with a politico article yesterday, that mentioned that he owns 3,4 cars that are worth between 45,000 – 69,000 USD. Seriously? Is this such a big deal?…I almost thought it was a joke… I was born and raised in Europe, rich people there don’t drive 45,000 USD cars, more like 100, 000 USD cars, Maserati, Ferari, Porche, customized Audi, Jaguars, etc…Mitt is..how to put it, decent when it comes to the cars he and his family drives….

jimver on February 25, 2012 at 1:08 PM

e simply do not know who or what Romney is, because he keeps changing in order to fit in with whatever constituency or electorate he is catering to, hence his “plastic” persona.

ariel on February 25, 2012 at 1:08 PM

awww, Mitt the shape shifter :-)…I see that as a quality and a plus :-)…on a more serious note versatility is a great quality in a person, even more so in a successful leader, it what accounts for their success in general….but then you wouldn’t know that…

jimver on February 25, 2012 at 1:11 PM

spiritof61 on February 25, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Amen! The Mittbots here just don’t get it.Iit is not the fact that Mitt is lavishly wealthy and owns ONLY four cars. Listen to him in both clips above it is that he has no idea how to relate. He says he hunted varmints in the past? Why cause the fuzzy bunnies would be offensive to kill or pheasants not cool or deer ewww to pretty to hunt?
Trees are the right height?
Ponds are great!

Plastic man is as rehearsed as they come there’s no authenticity here,
perfectly set up to lose to the OWS and Union thugs.

ConcealedKerry on February 25, 2012 at 1:19 PM

On a side note, Gov. Palin went to buy an ice cream and had more people show up than Romneycare had at his rally.

Danielvito on February 25, 2012 at 9:36 AM

because she’s a walking circus and makes for good entertainment, TMZ material :-)…

jimver on February 25, 2012 at 1:30 PM

My brother has 6 kids and four cars, one of them American, and I think he’d make a great president.

He doesn’t “understand” the frustrations of the Occupy crowd, of course. He thinks they’re pretty stupid.

J.E. Dyer on February 25, 2012 at 1:39 PM

oh, pls, all the bain capital dealings were within the framework of existing laws, don’t like them, change the laws or move to another country…I suggest cuba, venezuela, russia, etc. what do you expect, it’s business, not charity, if it’s within the limits of the law, it’s all that matters, business ethics does not equate christian morality, mind you……so spare me the ‘ethics’ diatribe…

jimver on February 25, 2012 at 12:58 PM

I suppose when one of his companies routinely defrauded Medicare for over four years and had to pay the largest single fine ever levied against a company for Medicare fraud (the entire settlement was a whopping $119,000,000.00, that is “within the limits of the law”?

You can’t be serious.

Did Romney return any of the fortune he reaped off this monumental fraud back to the taxpayers?

Maybe if we don’t mention it, Obama’s opposition research team won’t notice and more to the point, won’t exploit Romney’s crooked dealings.

Surely we can keep it quiet amongst ourselves…Oh wait! This isn’t a public message board is it?

ariel on February 25, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Instead, an empty stadium,….

james23 on February 25, 2012 at 9:23 AM

The Detroit Economic Club has nearly 3000 members. They never expected the stadium to be filled.

“Become a DEC member to…

Gain access to nearly 3,000 Detroit Economic Club members and more than 120 sponsors and partners.”

So, plug that FACT into your biased comment and try again.

csdeven on February 25, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Did Romney return any of the fortune he reaped off this monumental fraud back to the taxpayers?

ariel on February 25, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Provide the proof that Romney was involved.

csdeven on February 25, 2012 at 2:09 PM

I suppose when one of his companies routinely defrauded Medicare for over four years and had to pay the largest single fine ever levied against a company for Medicare fraud (the entire settlement was a whopping $119,000,000.00, that is “within the limits of the law”?

You can’t be serious.
ariel on February 25, 2012 at 1:41 PM

so? if he paid the fine, then it’s settled, it is within the limits of the law indeed…or put it differently, is it or was it at any time a law enforcement matter? were they after him? as in being investigated and such?…no…so, if it isn’t a law enforcement matter, then I rest my case, it’s a non-issue. And btw, did Bush/Obama admins return any of the TARP and subsequent bailout money to the taxpayers? Yeah, I thought so…Not that’s what I call monumental fraud…

jimver on February 25, 2012 at 2:12 PM

I can always tell when Mitt is making a comeback in the polling – no headline pieces on Hot Air. I just don’t get all these talking head establishment folks who endorsed Romney in 2008 – what has changed? I have been a Rush listener since 1992 and for months now, I am unable to listen to him due to his anti-Mitt stance.

BabysCatz on February 25, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Did Romney return any of the fortune he reaped off this monumental fraud back to the taxpayers?

ariel on February 25, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Provide the proof that Romney was involved.

csdeven on February 25, 2012 at 2:09 PM

You mean other than the fact that he owned the company, sat on the board of directors, cashed the quarterly dividend checks, then sold Damon to Corning the same month the Fed’s came in with subpoenas, cleaning up with a cool $473,000.00. What a guy!

You do know that Mob bosses are rarely tied to their underlings activities. It’s caused “plausible deniability” They get to stay in power that way, even if the operation is outed.

According to a cited Forbes report, in 1989, Bain Capital purchased controlling interest in Damon Clinical Laboratories Corporation, a medical testing company located in Needham, Massachusetts.

In 1996, Damon admitted that from 1988 to 1993 it had shored up its earnings by submitting false claims to Medicare and other federal programs, and had agreed to pay , after being found guilty, a $35.3 million criminal fine — one of the largest corporate fines in U.S. history — and an additional $83.7 million to settle the lawsuits.
http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/01/30/romney-damon-corporation-and-a-119-million-medicare-fraud-settlement/

ariel on February 25, 2012 at 2:32 PM

ariel on February 25, 2012 at 2:32 PM

As I suspected, you have no proof other than your paranoid delusions. The desperation is reeking from your baseless attacks on Romney. The hate is strong with you.

csdeven on February 25, 2012 at 2:41 PM

did Bush/Obama admins return any of the TARP and subsequent bailout money to the taxpayers? Yeah, I thought so…Not that’s what I call monumental fraud…

jimver on February 25, 2012 at 2:12 PM

So let me get this straight. You’re justifying Romney’s fraud by comparing it to the Bush/Obama TARP bailout? Did Bush personally benefit from the bailout? Show me where.

That is got to be your weakest argument yet.

So Romney is a liar, a cheat, and a fraud. But in his defense, he is not as bad a liar, cheat, and fraud as Obama and Bush are.

Not that’s a game winning strategy! I can see the bumper stickers already: “Vote Romney, he’s not as crooked as Obama

That will surely fire up the base!

ariel on February 25, 2012 at 2:48 PM

As I suspected, you have no proof other than your paranoid delusions. The desperation is reeking from your baseless attacks on Romney. The hate is strong with you.

csdeven on February 25, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Typical Mittwit response. I give you the facts of the case and you respond with insults. What are you, in Junior High? Tell me what part do you dispute: That Romney, through Bain Capital, owned the majority interest in Damon, that Romney sat on the Board of Damon, or that Damon was fined $119,000,000.00 for Medicare fraud for the period in which Romney sat on the board and owned the oompany?

ariel on February 25, 2012 at 3:04 PM

ariel on February 25, 2012 at 1:08 PM

As my CIA psy profile warrior told me to ask:

Anyone remember the awkward aspects of Richard M. Nixon?

And I am not suggesting that Mitt is a crook or mental case.

Most leaders can’t “Move like Jagger” or “Thunder like Lear”.

We just need somebody to right and run a messy declining empire.

If they came back, the left would pound leaders with the cut of our founders as soon as they surfaced like they were playing a big “Whack a Mole” game.

President Nixon saw running this ship as a management question.

IlikedAUH2O on February 25, 2012 at 3:38 PM

ariel on February 25, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Oh you’re the one who believes in honest politicians and that none of them ever changed and came back from the dust bun. It is you.

IlikedAUH2O on February 25, 2012 at 3:43 PM

ariel on February 25, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Oh you’re the one who believes in honest politicians and that none of them ever changed and came back from the dust bun. It is you.

IlikedAUH2O on February 25, 2012 at 3:43 PM

That straw man won’t fly. Are you saying that Mitt used to be a dishonest opportunist, but is now on the up and up? Who knows, now that he’s made his fortune, maybe he can afford to buy some penance
The problem is that he hasn’t stopped lying. His attack ads are full of false and misleading information. So its hard to believe that he has had a change of heart and suddenly become ethical.

And I don’t think it is too much to ask that whomever would seek the office of the Presidency of the United States of America act in an ethical fashion. Considering the stature of the office, it is the very least we should ask, nay demand.

ariel on February 25, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Only the fools, trolls, and RINO shills on this site can fail to imagine the tears of gratitude that will flow down Debbie Wasserman-Shultz’s lovely visage at the prospect of a Mitt candidacy.

The man is a perfect, classic, textbook, poster-boy target for a successful Alinsky Class Warfare Attack. And he doesn’t know how to respond well, either. All he does is write more checks and try to buy his way out with negative ads on his opponents–if they’re GOP, that is. Well folks, Obama has been doing 30k a plate celebrity fundraisers for years now and his warchest is and will be well stocked by Soros & Co. The endless “Bain Capital Series” of 1-minute ads, composed of sobbing testimony by the ordinary Joes and Janes who lost their jobs and homes after a Mitt takeover (interspersed with flash cuts of statements such as the above) is being researched as we speak. He will be on the defensive every day from August till the election.

Newt. Or Santorum. Or Palin. No More RINOs.

spiritof61 on February 25, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Reposted for the edification of the persons referenced in the first line. And it would behoove you to shout it from the rooftops as well.

spiritof61 on February 25, 2012 at 4:29 PM

It is rather not conservative media style to talk about how many cars people have. It was funny when John Kerry didn’t know what cars they had because they belong to The Family. Why, because in MA, we think of Kerry as the gigilo husband who isn’t at fault because he didn’t work for his wealth, he just married money, a republican fortune at that (R- Sen. Heinze).

Cadillacs though are funny in MA, why is that, because we call our governor Cadillac Duval.

When Mitt Romney was governor, he came into office during the worst of times, the state was in worse condition than other states because MA had a double whammy, the Clinton era dot.com bubble burst, which was technology companies, like we have a lot of in MA, and also financial services/stock market hit of 9-11.

So, he didn’t take a salary, and he didn’t re decorate his office in the state house, and he rode around with the State Trooper in a not brand new Crown Victoria that belonged to the state. When Duval Patrick came into office, of course they had in the high priced decorators, and instead of a standard police car, Duval Patrick picked out a new Cadillac for the governor to ride in. He took a salary, hired a high paid social secretary for his wife, when first ladies managed on their own and he didn’t pay for his own car.

Mitt pays for his own car, pays his way, and is probably less interested in status symbols than the current nouveau riche residents of the White House. With the Romney’s if you are old enough think: Republican Cloth Coat.

Fleuries on February 25, 2012 at 6:12 PM

It is not that Romney’s wife has two cadillacs, etc. It is that
by mentioning it it alludes to the fact that he is out of touch
with regular Americans.

Years ago I had a boss like that. He was fighting “tooth and nail” with the unions of one of his companies. He was telling
them that he wasn’t making any money, etc. etc. so he would not
have to give the shop workers a wage increase, which he hadn’t done
for the 5 years previous. Tempers were flaring, however, he
won the battle.

The very next day he came to work in a brand new red jaguar.
The whole place was in an uproar. He complained to me that he
didn’t understand what all the fuss was about, “My wife bought
this car for me for my birthday”.

That is a good description of what many of us see wrong with Romney.

Amjean on February 25, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Only the fools, trolls, and RINO shills on this site can fail to imagine the tears of gratitude that will flow down Debbie Wasserman-Shultz’s lovely visage at the prospect of a Mitt candidacy.

The man is a perfect, classic, textbook, poster-boy target for a successful Alinsky Class Warfare Attack. And he doesn’t know how to respond well, either. All he does is write more checks and try to buy his way out with negative ads on his opponents–if they’re GOP, that is. Well folks, Obama has been doing 30k a plate celebrity fundraisers for years now and his warchest is and will be well stocked by Soros & Co. The endless “Bain Capital Series” of 1-minute ads, composed of sobbing testimony by the ordinary Joes and Janes who lost their jobs and homes after a Mitt takeover (interspersed with flash cuts of statements such as the above) is being researched as we speak. He will be on the defensive every day from August till the election.

Newt. Or Santorum. Or Palin. No More RINOs.

spiritof61 on February 25, 2012 at 10:09 AM
Great post!

Amjean on February 25, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Newt. Or Santorum. Or Palin

Yes! Because we must go down in a blaze of glory, firing our squirtgun of a candidate, while meeting a cruise missle in battle.

Losers following the talk show lunatics who won’t walk the walk.

NoDonkey on February 25, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Newt. Or Santorum. Or Palin

Yes! Because we must go down in a blaze of glory, firing our squirtgun of a candidate, while meeting a cruise missle in battle.

Losers following the talk show lunatics who won’t walk the walk.

NoDonkey on February 25, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Does your brain ever allow you to post something interesting?

Amjean on February 26, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Betamalesayswhat?
– Huh?
– Betamalesayswhat?
– What?
– Exactly.

Heh.

Tim_CA on February 26, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Amjean on February 26, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Last time I checked Governor Palin was not running and a brokered convention would be a disaster. Turn on a television.

In terms of RINOS liking Mitt, everyone of the guys on stage look a little dirty to me.

ariel on February 25, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Yes you are right.

Most of the attitude belongs in the next Disney movie, however.

IlikedAUH2O on February 26, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Rove and the Insiders are scratching their heards wondering what to do. They know Romney can’t get a crowd together, so they can’t fake his popularity anymore. Now you understand the Santorum surge.

apocalypse on February 27, 2012 at 1:39 PM

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