Romney's NFL-Owner Friends: Why Doesn't He Learn From His Mistakes?

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Time after time, the former Massachusetts governor finds ways to show just how more wealthy he is than the average voter.

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Newsflash: Some of Mitt Romney's good friends own football teams.

That's in addition to his great friends who own NASCAR teams.

The rich are different from you and me. Apparently they have lots of friends who own sports teams -- something most people probably never thought about until Romney's presidential campaign.

The interview with Paul Finebaum, a syndicated sports radio host based in Birmingham, Ala., was going so well for Romney until the last couple of minutes. He had described as "pretty tasty" if "a bit fattening" his dinner the night before of catfish, fried dill pickles, and hush puppies. He had convincingly discussed his longstanding loyalty to the basketball team at Brigham Young University, which he attended as an undergrad, as opposed to Harvard, where he earned his business and law degrees.

And then came the Peyton Manning question. "I know you want him somewhere away from New England. Where do you think he ought to go?" Finebaum asked about the star quarterback.

"I don't want him in our neck of the woods, let's put it that way. I don't want him to go to Miami or the Jets," Romney said, laughing, referring to two teams that play the New England Patriots in the American Football Conference's Eastern Division. "I got a lot of good friends -- the owners of the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets -- both owners are friends of mine, but let's keep away from New England so that Tom Brady has a better shot of picking up a championship for us."

Romney didn't mention that Jets owner Woody Johnson is one of his national finance co-chairmen. A very good friend indeed.

The $10,000 bet, the two Cadillacs, the $374,000 in speaking fees that Romney described as "not very much," the NASCAR team owners and now the football team owners -- it is getting hard to keep track of all the times Romney doesn't notice he is casually saying things that are completely outside the experience of regular people.

I predicted this problem wouldn't stop. But it's still amazing that it continues.

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Jill Lawrence is a national correspondent at National Journal. She was previously a columnist at Politics Daily, national political correspondent at USA Today and national political writer at the Associated Press.

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