Ten thousand is a lot of dollars

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Mitt Romney’s handlers have a lot on their hands with his casual bet of $10,000 in Saturday’s Republican debate. It would help, as Steve Benen points out, if Mr. Romney weren’t also the guy who jokes about being unemployed while quadrupling the size of one of his mansions. Instead, Mr. Romney casts himself as the one who would lead America back to prosperity, even as he himself is living embodiment of how most people get ahead in this country (Hint: It helps to be born that way.) National Democrats, of course, will have some fun with Mr. Romney’s redefining of pocket change. That $10,000 he was willing to toss around would retire a good chunk of the average student debt for the class of 2012. It’s real money for real people in the real world. Now the guy with the $10,000 in his wallet is losing in the polls to the guy who thinks the poor are kinda lazy and their kids should work as janitors. At the least the distinction between the right and left will be clear.

Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney

Ten thousand is a lot of dollars

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