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Mitt ‘unzips’ in a quiet room called Palm Beach

Mitt Romney is loath to talk specifics on the campaign trail about what he would do as president. But get him in a room with deep-pocketed donors and it’s “Mitt Unzipped!” Thanks to NBC News’s Romney campaign embed Garrett Haake, we have a clearer picture of what the former Massachusetts governor would do as president.

By now, you’ve read that Romney would get rid of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He would reorganize the Department of Education. He would do away with tax deductions for second homes. And he would eliminate the deduction for state taxes and state property taxes.

Romney said all this when he thought the press was nowhere within earshot. Unfortunately for him, he was speaking in a tent and Haake and a reporter from the Wall Street Journal were on the sidewalk below, recording the event and taking notes. What’s even better is where Romney got caught being “unzipped.” Palm Beach! Although, we shouldn’t be surprised that Romney felt comfortable to talk so openly in such an exclusive venue.

When NBC News’s Matt Lauer pressed Romney on his “politics of envy” nonsense and asked if there were “no fair questions about the distribution of wealth,” Romney answered, “You know, I think it is about envy. I think it’s about class warfare. . . . I think it’s fine to talk about those things in quiet rooms and discussions about tax policy and the like.”

Quiet rooms. Like those populated by deep-pocketed donors on an exclusive estate in an exclusive town that might as well be nicknamed “Camp 0.1 Percent.” Pardon the pun, but, this is rich.

Jonathan Capehart is a member of the Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog.


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