Barack Obama and his reelection committee must be thrilled to know the media are going to assist them in invoking class warfare this campaign season.
NBC's Chris Matthews certainly did his part Sunday practically beginning the syndicated show bearing his name asking the truly revolting question is Mitt Romney "Just too damn rich?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
CHRIS MATTHEWS: Just too damn rich. Is Mitt Romney with his $250 million, his accounts Zurich and the Caymans too far removed to know what life in America is about? For that matter is Newt Gingrich who breakfasts at Tiffany’s and suppers off Freddie Mac.
After the 2006 midterm elections when it was becoming clear that Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) - whose net worth is estimated at $35 million - was going to be named Speaker of the House, do you recall media members wondering if she was "just too damn rich" or "too far removed to know what life in America is about?"
Or what about Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry in 2004 whose fortune is estimated to be $193 million? Remember press members disqualifying him due to his wealth?
Or John F. Kennedy - who just so happens to be Matthews' hero! - in 1960? Or Franklin Delano Roosevelt any of the times he ran for president?
As the answer to all of these questions is an emphatic "No," why after eight decades of ignoring the wealth of Democrat candidates are the media going after Romney and Gingrich's?
Post script: According to the website Celebrity Net Worth, Matthews' fortune is $16 million with an annual salary of $5 million.
Who's he to call anyone "Just too damn rich?"
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