I have worried about the strange sense that I get that Mitt Romney is out of touch. He seems like a rich guy who doesn’t understand what normal people go through. The question is whether this impression gets down into the voters. MSNBC’s exit polls found that in New Hampshire the only income class that Romney beat John McCain was $150-200k, and they tied above $200k.

I was reminded of this when I saw an AP story today about Romney’s tax plan:

But the former Massachusetts governor goes beyond that to say "anyone" with adjusted gross income under $200,000 — that’s after certain deductions — should be relieved of all taxes on capital gains, interest and dividends, pushing his definition of the middle class well into six-figure incomes.

Now, I don’t have a problem with Romney’s position, but the polling above suggests that people might be getting an impression here. This could be bad news for him in Michigan, when Mike Huckabee is relating to the people who have "been laid off" and Romney is talking about "getting rid of people." Especially when there is 7%+ unemployment.

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ee2793 · January 11, 2008 at 9:11 PM

Trust me, Soren, you’ll never make $200,000, let alone $100,000, so you’ll never have that problem. This kind of class warfare BS is fine coming from Edwards, but it’s hardly the talk of a conservative Republican, which you wouldn’t know if one kicked you in the teeth.

ee2793 · January 11, 2008 at 9:19 PM

P.S. News to break on McCain’s medical conditions in 3..2..

Rachel · January 11, 2008 at 11:18 PM

I’ll steal a line from you; I was struck by the Redstate post about Romney saying to his fundraisers, “Make all the promises you have to.”

That phrase is the major reason Romney is sinking. He is a panderer.

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