For his embarrassing partial quote of the day, Mitt Romney ended a speech in Detroit with an apparent attempt to reach out to the car-making community there, saying, "I actually love this state. This feels good being back in Michigan ... I like the fact that most of the cars I see are Detroit-made automobiles. I drove a Mustang and a Chevy pickup truck. Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs, actually."
Reporters have immediately jumped on the latter half of the comment as another example of Romney appearing "tone deaf" when making oblique references to his wealth among voters. (Think "I like being able to fire people" or "corporations are people, my friend.") "Politically, I don't there's anything wrong with mentioning your wife drives a Cadillac. But it's a little riskier if you mention she drives 'a couple,'" writes The Hill's Christian Heinze. "For the love of Pete," tweets Politico's Ben White. "... It would be better for that campaign if he didn't speak." "PROBLEM" adds Politico's Dylan Byers. But let's all take a step back. It could have been worse! Something like, "Ann used to drive two Cadillacs but that was years before we hired her a private driver." Still, expect to hear the political hay over this little flap for at least a news cycle or ten.
In fairness, Washington Post political reporter Philip Rucker tweeted that a "Romney aide says Ann has two Cadillac SRXs, one in California and one in Massachusetts."
Is this Romney's seven houses moment?