Even his most ardent admirers have to admit that Mitt Romney has a remarkable gift for jamming his gilded foot directly into his mouth. Does he love NASCAR? Well, his good friends own some racing teams, so yeah. Does he support the American car industry? Why, his wife drives several Cadillacs. And is he concerned with the plight of the poor? Not really, according to the man himself.
But maybe it’s time to stop thinking of these statements as gaffes. Maybe Mitt should just start being Mitt, and accept the facts of his fantastic wealth and his remove from the lives of everyday Americans. Maybe it’s time for Mitt to embrace his inner Mr. Burns, the comically sinister billionaire from The Simpsons. Enjoy firing people who provide services to you? Excellent! Are the unemployed asking for more aid? Release the hounds!
As you can see, telling Mitt Romney from the enduring cartoon embodiment of the top one percent isn’t easy. The good people at MAD magazine have neatly summarized the issue in the form of a quiz. See how many statements you can correctly identify: