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Joining the Pile-On

The Corner consensus seems to be that Romney’s remark—you know the one I’m talking about—was a foolish message badly expressed. I concur. My guess is that the impulse that led him to make this remark (and make similar ones before it, too) could have been better expressed this way: “It’s the middle class I’m most concerned about right now because it’s the backbone of this country. Of course I’m committed to doing whatever I can to preserve the safety net for the poor and even more importantly to expand poor people’s opportunities to stop being poor. But an even larger group of people in the middle of the income spectrum is under a lot of stress right now thanks to poor economic policies and my top priority is to change them.” Is that so hard?

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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