Mitt and Ann Romney gave Fox news an exclusive interview yesterday.
(I'm frankly surprised that Fox was even interested, given the Republican party's sharp pivot since the election.)
The Romneys discussed their disappointment at losing the election with Fox correspondent Chris Wallace:
WALLACE: Do you think that the two of you at all contributed to this image, which the other side certainly played up, that you were so wealthy that you were somehow out of touch with the concerns of the average American?
Ann Romney spends a few moments complaining that the American public never got to see the real Mitt, and then says:
WALLACE: Do you think the media was in the tank for Barack Obama?
ANN ROMNEY: I think that it's -- anytime you're running for office, you always think that you're being portrayed unfairly.
And, you know, we -- of course, on our side believe that there's more bias in favor of the other side. I think that that's a pretty universal -- universally-felt opinion.
Well, there was that famous slip of the tongue about the 47%. And that nasty story about Mitt installing a car elevator in his garage:
The man designing a custom car elevator for Mitt Romney’s La Jolla, Calif., home said the Republican presidential candidate has ordered the “Phantom Park” model — the same one installed in the homes of actor Harrison Ford and singer Britney Spears.
ABC News visited the Romneys’ luxurious southern California retreat earlier this year and reported on the planned expansion, as well as how Democrats intend to use it against Romney heading into the fall.
Ah, yes. Who among us has never felt the sting of media bias?
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During his failed 2004 Presidential bid, John Kerry was also portrayed in the media as an effete, out-of-touch multimillionaire.
The poor man couldn't so much as order breakfast without causing a scandal:
In January 2003, when his campaign was still young enough that Kerry would actually sit down with reporters in a relaxed setting, he and Crowley met for breakfast at the Holiday Inn in Dubuque, Iowa. "I'd like to start out with some green tea," Kerry told the waitress, who stared at him for a moment before responding, "We have Lipton's."
Mr. Kerry even had his own "47%" moment, when he supposedly asked a crowd at a NASCAR event:
"Who among us does not like NASCAR?"
Never mind that he never actually said it. It sounded like something he would say, and that was enough:
Amazing, isn’t it? Dowd and her colleagues make up a fake quote. They’ve run the fake quote five times in their paper. Each and every time they run it, they mock Kerry for his pretentious, Brahmin-like ways. And yes—this is the way our White House hopefuls can lose in close elections.
And it still is. The plain fact is that ordinary Americans are very uncomfortable with their wealthy political overclass, and that overclass is very uncomfortable with ordinary Americans.
Maybe it's time to stop blaming the press and start looking at the economic and social chasm that separates American voters from their "representatives" in government.
Oh, and here's that famous ad of John Kerry windsurfing:
Did anybody else remember that he was portrayed as a flip-flopper, too?