Kathleen Geier, filling in on the weekend over at Political Animal, offered her two cents on Romney’s latest evidence of complete cluelessness, and put it into the general context of the what I like to think of as a cross between Snidely Whiplash and Thurston Howell the Third:

… A surpassingly perfect villain for our times, he appears to come straight from central casting as the slick, shifty-eyed C.E.O. who’s fixing to downsize your ass — and implement his evil scheme for world domination while he’s at it. The G.O.P could not have run a more astonishing incarnation of the self-parodying cluelessness of the 1 percenters if they tried. For all practical purposes, it’s as if the the top-hat-and-tails-wearing Monopoly guy was their candidate.

via Political Animal – Romney advises broke, about-to-be-unemployed college students: “just borrow money from your parents!”.

I think that’s about right.

I kind of wonder how many jaws dropped when Romney said, “Take a shot, go for it, take a risk, get the education, borrow money if you have to from your parents, start a business.” Sixty percent of jaws? Eighty? How many people thought instantly of their parent’s finances, and rolled their eyes?

I wrote in the blog’s comment section:

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that the guy who casually tossed out a $10,000 bet, and thinks of his $375k speaking fees as not all that much money, would honestly believe that most people’s parents have a spare $20k laying around to invest in start-up that’s likely to fail.

Let’s see. Last time I (sadly, at 50+ years old) had to borrow money from my mom, I needed around $1,000, and she generously scraped together $700 for me. Undoubtedly, it took a lot more out of my mom’s life to come up with a small loan for me than it would take the Mittster to finance the entire luxurious lives of his children. And I don’t really mind that he has that ability; like most of us tuning in on Romney’s wealth-gaffes, we’d just like the guy to put the lives of real people into his perspective, particularly as he’s looking to govern us.

[Sister Artemis on April 28, 2012 1:55 PM]