Mitt Romney's interview with Megyn Kelly yesterday was criticized by more than a few people, but I have to hail him for finally getting something right: how he ought to talk about his personal wealth. This is maybe the best he's been on that topic yet, and while it's not yet fully formed or as good as it could be, it's so much better than some of the other approaches he's had, it deserves to be highlighted. Here's the video.
Here's the transcript:
KELLY: You've been making some gaffes, governor. You've been talking about -- people ask about football, you talk about how you know the NFL owners, they ask about how NASCAR, you talk about how you know some racing owners. You talk about Anne's two Cadillacs, and people say "He can't relate -- he's so rich, he can't relate to the rest of us." Why do you keep doing that?
ROMNEY: Megyn, guess what: I made a lot of money. I've been very successful, I'm not going to apologize for that, I know the DNC tries to push this out, and they get it into the mainstream media networks, and that's where you guys see it, and everybody laughs about it... In this country, we want someone who can help other people become successful.
Here's what I wrote in The Transom on March 5th, in response to Ann Romney's “I don’t even 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?
Authenticity matters. If Romney can truly own this aspect of himself, to turn it into an advantage as opposed to a disconnect, it would be a major improvement in his ability to take his case to the people.