From “Pathos of the Plutocrat,” Paul Krugman, NYT:
“Anyway, what’s now apparent is that the [Romney] campaign was completely unprepared for the obvious questions, and it has reacted to the Obama campaign’s decision to ask those questions with a hysteria that surely must be coming from the top. Clearly, Mr. Romney believed that he could run for president while remaining safe inside the plutocratic bubble and is both shocked and angry at the discovery that the rules that apply to others also apply to people like him. [F. Scott] Fitzgerald again, about the very rich: ‘They think, deep down, that they are better than we are.’
“There are plenty of very rich Americans who have a sense of perspective, who take pride in their achievements without believing that their success entitles them to live by different rules.
“But Mitt Romney, it seems, isn’t one of those people. And that discovery may be an even bigger issue than whatever is hidden in those tax returns he won’t release.”
Krugman’s point here is why I believe it’s okay to dislike Mitt without engaging in class warfare. I don’t hate rich people, I just really dislike this particular rich person.
Also, Krugman shows why Mitt is more un-American than anything the fevered brains of the far right can dream up about President Obama. There is nothing more un-American, more antithetical to who we are as a people, than thinking you’re better than other people, and I agree with Krugman that Mitt (and Ann) believe that they are superior to those of us who don’t move in their charmed circles. It’s hard to be down-to-earth when you’re atop a dressage horse or a car elevator.