Programming error! Romneybot malfunction! Terminate sequence!
Just as he was catching up to Rick Santorum in the Michigan GOP primary, Mitt Romney — who desperately wants to win his home state — has made the latest in a series of class-related gaffes. While speaking to the Detroit Economic Club, Romney told voters:
"I like the fact that most of the cars I see are Detroit-made automobiles. I drive a Mustang and a Chevy pickup truck. Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs. I used to have a Dodge truck, so I used to have all three covered."
He was trying to reassure Motor City residents that he had personally supported their local economy, even though he opposed the 2009 auto bailout. But the remark seems tone-deaf considering that most Americans… um… don't have (at least) four automobiles in their garages.
It's no secret that Romney is a multimillionaire, and it's no surprise that he would own a fleet of luxury cars. But after igniting controversies by saying that he's "not concerned with the very poor" and "like[s] to fire people who provide services to me" — and joking that he is "unemployed" — he might not want to boast about his Jay Leno-like shopping habits.
(To be fair, if someone as loaded as Romney hadn't bought his wife a couple of Cadillacs, he would just look like an ungrateful bastard of a husband. Poor guy.)