The left seems to think this video is damning in some way, but I think it’s maybe the best I’ve seen Romney when it comes to defending capitalism and wealth. He’s talking at the house of Papa Johns’ CEO:
Here’s Romney’s opening lines, of the trees are the right height nature, before he gets into his normal campaign riff. But note the two lines he adds on:
Who would have imagined pizza could build this, you know that? This is really something. Don’t you love this country? What a home this is, what grounds these are, the pool, the golf course…
You know if a Democrat were here he’d look around and say no one should live like this. Republicans come here and say everyone should live like this.
This continues Romney’s marked improvement in talking about his personal wealth. What I wrote a few months back after the Ann Romney “I don’t consider myself wealthy” line:
Look, I see what you were trying to say here, but you flubbed it again. Someone please help these folks talk about being rich? The ability to go “severely capitalist” would actually help you – and seem more authentic than some transparently false narrative involving bootstraps.
Just say it: “I am very rich. I do not apologize for it. My goal in life is to give you every opportunity to get rich, too.” Remember your Coolidge: “I want the people of America to be able to work less for the government and more for themselves.” How hard is that?
Getting this rhetoric right is key for Romney’s response to these sorts of attacks from Obama’s campaign.