Manufactured outrage du jour: “I don’t even consider myself wealthy,” says Ann Romney

posted at 7:25 pm on March 5, 2012 by Allahpundit

A lefty blog seized on this and naturally it got picked up almost instantly by big media. Click the image and watch the clip. She’s talking about having MS and how money may come and go but the value of friends and family endures. Run that through the progressive soundbite distort-o-lyzer and you get “Ann Romney doesn’t think a quarter of a billion dollars qualifies as ‘wealthy.’” I wonder if the DNC will stoop to using it against her. No doubt, had Mitt said it there’d already be a rapid-response ad on YouTube and a very special episode of “Hardball” featuring Debbie Wasserman-Schultz droning about how much Romney hates the poor or whatever. The problem for Democrats in this case is that people really like Ann Romney. She’s far and away the most appealing person associated with the campaign and all the more sympathetic because of the subject matter here. If the DNC message team is slick and ruthless enough that they can reframe her as a callous plutocrat, we’re in deeper trouble than I thought.

If you want to complain to Team Romney about something, complain about this. 2006:

I hear a lot of people say they don’t like the aspect of your plan that makes it mandatory for people to purchase insurance. Would you say this is the primary complaint?

There are a lot of people in our state who have been getting health care for free. These aren’t necessarily the poor. We have a program for the poor: Medicaid. There are those making $30,000, $40,000 and $50,000 a year who have learned they can get health care absolutely free and that’s not fair to everybody else. There’s a lot of people who say, gosh, you shouldn’t require people to get health insurance, but the problem is they always have the option of getting free care even without health insurance, and so we’re saying “no more free ride.” We’re saying that you have to have insurance if you can afford it and if you can’t, we’ll help you buy a plan you can afford.

Will your health plan go national?

I think what we’ve crafted changes the national paradigm. It shows that you can insist on individual responsibility and market reforms to get everybody insured. Personal responsibility and market reform get the markets to work for all our citizens.

That’s Mitt once again touting RomneyCare as a national model, in case you weren’t sufficiently convinced by Friday’s post. In fact, BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski has three short clips of Romney circa 2009 talking about what the feds could learn from Massachusetts’s program. This isn’t complicated: His objection to O-Care all along wasn’t that it might have a mandate but that it might have a public option. In fact, he touted the mandate at the time as a secret weapon against the public option insofar as it’s a way to get everyone insured without getting government involved (or rather, further involved) in the health insurance business. The constitutional objection, oddly enough, seems to have occurred to him only recently, as his campaign for president geared up and he realized that being pro-mandate post-ObamaCare and post-tea-party might present problems with the base. So he flipped, and now he’s on the brink of a Super Tuesday showing that might all but cinch the nomination for him. We dump on him for his opportunism but it sure does work, huh?


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The fact in the end is that most of his wealth did not come from his parents.

slickwillie2001 on March 5, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Fixed for accuracy.

Christien on March 6, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Confutus on March 6, 2012 at 7:01 AM

Don’t give me that Mormon garbage. They are not even Christians

liberal4life on March 6, 2012 at 10:26 AM

We know you’re not.

hawkdriver on March 6, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Waiting for KingGold

apocalypse on March 6, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Don’t give me that Mormon garbage. They are not even Christians

liberal4life on March 6, 2012 at 10:26 AM

You offered an opinion on the Romney’s attitudes about their wealth. I asked three specific question to evaluate whether it was an informed one. So, since instead of answers, (which I presume are no, no, and no…it shows), you call the questions garbage and offer another opinion.

So I ask another question, this time about your qualifications on Mormon doctrine and belief. Have you ever actually read the Book of Mormon?

Confutus on March 6, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Fox and Clear Channel have a contract and almost all of Clear Channel’s premiere talk radio stations are associated with Fox News. Bain Capital owns Clear Channel and Romney is a main stockholder in Bain. You see a conflict here?

apocalypse on March 6, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Don’t give me that Mormon garbage. They are not even Christians
liberal4life on March 6, 2012 at 10:26 AM

So I ask another question, this time about your qualifications on Mormon doctrine and belief. Have you ever actually read the Book of Mormon?
Confutus on March 6, 2012 at 4:34 PM

At the end of Revelations, God warns us that if anyone adds to or takes away from the Bible they will be punished. That is EXACTLY what ya’ll did with the book of mormon, ya’ll added to the Bible. Either ya’ll haven’t really read the Bible completely or ya really don’t believe it like ya claim. I know ya didn’t ask me the question, but I’ll answer it anyway, as a preacher’s kid, I’ve studied the Bible’s of other religions. I’ve studied book of mormon and the koran among others, it’s necessary knowledge to be able to debate.

momof5shortstuff on March 6, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Are you a coward KingGold or having trouble posting?

apocalypse on March 7, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Fox and Clear Channel have a contract and almost all of Clear Channel’s premiere talk radio stations are associated with Fox News. Bain Capital owns Clear Channel and Romney is a main stockholder in Bain. You see a conflict here?

apocalypse on March 6, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Let me clarify it for you. Mitt Romney has his finances in a blind trust, as do most politicians to prevent the optics of impropriety. Neither you or anyone else, except Romney’s advisor knows what he is invested in. Similar to the GW Bush admistration, when the liberal fools smeared Dick Cheney with Halliburton even though he left them years before.

dthorny on March 10, 2012 at 8:06 AM

You see a conflict here?

apocalypse on March 6, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Like Obowma and GE, NBC and MSNBC? GM and Chrysler owned by Obowma? GE and Obowma forcing citizens to purchase GE manufactured lightbulbs? Cash for appliances, again owned by GE? Obowma and Google spying on American citizens? Obowma and his 45 hired news people from ABC, CBS, NBC, Time mag, Newsweek…the 95% of the meida in Obowma corner while refusing to vet him in 2008? What are Obowma grades in college, high school? Did Obowma sell cocaine and weed in Hawaii?

dthorny on March 10, 2012 at 8:13 AM

dthorny on March 10, 2012 at 8:06 AM

dthorny on March 10, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Your sarcasm makes it hard to tell what side of the truth you’re on

apocalypse on March 10, 2012 at 2:40 PM

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