I don’t know if Team Romney wants to make their candidate look even more haughty, remote and grotesquely entitled on purpose, but if not, someone needs to get Mrs. Romney with the program. She’s under the impression that the call (from people on both sides of the aisle) for her husband to release his taxes is not unprecedented; what’s unusual is the extreme lack of transparency that is bordering on hostility about asking what’s in Mitt’s tax returns when his dad had no problem disclosing years of them.
What’s kind of refreshing here is that Ann Romney has no idea how she comes across with a statement like this. (Politico):
“You know, you should really look at where Mitt has led his life, and where he’s been financially,” the potential first lady said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “He’s a very generous person. We give 10 percent of our income to our church every year. Do you think that is the kind of person who is trying to hide things, or do things? No. He is so good about it. Then, when he was governor of Massachusetts, didn’t take a salary for four years.”
“We’ve given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and how we live our life,” she added later.
John Aravosis hit the nail on the head:
Interestingly, the phrase “you people” is usually used, inappropriately, against blacks (see def. 2 and 3), as former GOP chair Michael Steele implicitly confirmed here. Good thing there aren’t any African-Americans in this race. Or for that matter, any African-American journalists sitting across from you when you use the phrase “you people.”
I’m not suggesting that Mrs. Romney is a racist. I am suggesting that the Romneys are so out of touch with regular Americans that they don’t even understand that it’s probably not a good idea to use the phrase “you people” about a black reporter, or a black president.