QUOTE OF THE DAY…. The open U.S. Senate race in West Virginia may prove to be far more competitive than Democrats had hoped, and both major party candidates will no doubt be working hard in the coming weeks to prove that they understand the concerns of hard-working, middle-class Americans.

To that end, perennial candidate John Raese (R) may need to sharpen his message a bit. Here’s the conservative candidate yesterday, appearing on a radio show:

HOST: Tell us a little bit about you and your business experience and how you got here.

RAESE: I made my money the old-fashioned way, I inherited it. I think that’s a great thing to do. I hope more people in this country have that opportunity as soon as we abolish inheritance tax in this country, which is a key part of my program.

First, insisting that getting rich through inheritance is “a great thing to do” doesn’t exactly scream “man of the people.”

Second, if the inheritance tax was so onerous, then how is it Raese got to be so much wealthier than the typical West Virginian?

And third, if Raese seriously believes regular folks will have new-found opportunities at wealth just as soon as the inheritance tax on multi-millionaires is eliminated, then he probably doesn’t realize that 99.75% of Americans already pay no inheritance tax, and the current law doesn’t affect anyone inheriting less than $3.5 million. Indeed, Raese may be confused, but there really aren’t that many ultra-rich families in West Virginia, so making breaks for multi-millionaires “a key part” of his platform is probably a bad idea.

Where does the Republican Party find these guys?

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.