Known fancy boy Mitt Romney is testing out a questionable new campaign tactic, comparing President Obama to, uh, Marie Antoinette. During an interview yesterday, the absurdly wealthy candidate said, "When the president's characterization of our economy was, 'It could be worse,' it reminded me of Marie Antoinette: 'Let them eat cake.'" We're pretty sure Marie Antoinette never worked on a stimulus package, but ok.
Romney continued, "The president's policies have failed the American people, have led to 25 million people still being out of work. He didn't cause the recession, but he has made it deeper and has made the recovery more tepid and the pain last longer."
Well, it's one thing if you want to campaign on the premise that Obama's policies haven't been good for the economy. It's sort of another to assume that if everyone criticizes you for being rich and out of touch, you can just transfer the label to someone else without anyone noticing. Besides being a fundamentally silly argument – a working career politician isn't exactly comparable to a probably-misquoted aristocrat of yore – it also brings up the whole "pot calling the kettle black" thing. Do we really need a reason to talk about that $10,000 bet again?