Want a Ride (on top of my) Cadillac(s)?
I make more money than…. Calvin Coolidge. Put together.
Lina Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain
Back in the quaint days of 2008, it was a bit of a scandal when John McCain couldn’t remember how many houses he had. Four years later, Mitt Romney is attempting to “connect” with Michigan voters by telling them not just that he drives American, but that, with his overlarge family and so many houses, he’s got all the big three covered, and his long-suffering wife drives a “couple of Cadillacs,” to boot. Power to the people, Mitt.
It seems that the more privileged and out of touch the Republicans turn out to be, the less they care how they sound to ordinary Americans. Mitt and Rick proudly parade their massive litters of children as some totem of properly practiced heterosexuality with little thought to the fact that having children at all has become an unaffordable luxury for many Americans. Having a “special needs” child, as Rick does, is a lot easier when you made a million dollars last year, and to his mind anyway, must justify the fact that he spent about six bucks of this princely income on charity. Romney’s five lil’ chickenhawks aren’t cheap, either, always requiring bigger houses for their expanding broods and forcing him to find them ever-fancier fake jobs. Newt has a big and expensive family, too, especially if you count all the wives and their Tiffany’s accounts. All of them are utterly convinced that their pampered existences are not just well-deserved, but normal.
But really, just a couple decades after St. Ronnie famously lambasted a fictitious welfare queen for driving a single Cadillac, is it smart politics to tell the working classes of the heartland that your wife drives “a couple” of them? By that logic, why not say she’s got a baker’s dozen? Then she’d be a real Job Creator, and Romney might stand a fighting chance in the first of his many home states.
The fact is that none of these guys knows, or more importantly, cares, what life is like for the 99% of people who only wish they could afford one kid, one car, and one wife.