Metropolitik: We’ve got Mitt Romney in our sights

Romney is nearly in the nation’s “1 percent” of top income earners based solely on his allegedly negligible speaking fees.

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Nobody seems to like him much (aside from primary voters, clearly), but it’s become more and more apparent that Mitt Romney will likely be the Republican nominee for the 2012 presidency.

We know what you’re thinking: “But Ron Paul!”?And: “Shut up and let the voters decide!” And, if my gut is right on this, probably even:?“Nice glasses, hipster doofus.”

All reasonable points. But we’re not here to advocate for a particular candidate, or to sit back and allow the primary process to unfold naturally. Our job is to analyze goofs, gaffes and national trends; and, from where we’re sitting, there’s no goofier trend than America’s mysterious penchant for Mitt Romney.

So like him or not — and we do understand that it’s probably “not” — we’re going to be paying particularly close attention to the affable Mittens. Get excited.

15%
Multimillionaire Romney admitted at a campaign stop yesterday that his tax rate is somewhere around 15 percent — lower than most middle-class households. This is because a majority of Mitt’s income, like most rich folk, comes in the form of investments, which are taxed at lower rates than traditional income gained from actually, you know, going to work. At the debate Monday night, Romney also explained that “not very much”?of his annual income comes in the form of speaking fees. That “not very much” for 2011? Oh, just $374,000.

GET FED

Because sometimes you’ve only got time to skim the headlines:
   
“Mitt Romney is rich. So what?” Washington Post
   
“Why Mitt Romney’s Tax Rate Matters” Time
   
“The Last Clear Shot at Romney” nymag.com
  
 “On policy, Romney is far to Bush’s right” The Washington Post
  
 “Gingrich: I ‘Don’t See’ Why Calling ‘Food Stamps’ An African-American Issue Is Insulting” thinkprogress
  
 “Obama going to Disney World” Orlando Sentinel
   
“Santorum Says He May Have Won in Iowa” NYTimes.com

First time for everything, we suppose

“It’s dirty politics, and I?expect that from Barack Obama. I?don’t ever expect it from a Republican.”

Republican candidate Rick Santorum yesterday accused Romney of playing dirty over Mitt’s use of a 5-year-old Santorum recording in which the former Pa. Sen. had endorsed Romney for 2008 president.

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