President Obama got a rise out of Mitt Romney with the campaign-trail observation that "I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth." Romney saw the remark (plausibly) as an attack on him and (not so plausibly, but ingeniously) as an attack on Romney's rags-to-Rambler father.
"I’m certainly not going to apologize for my dad and his success in life," Romney harrumphed. "He was born poor. He worked his way to become very successful despite the fact that he didn’t have a college degree, and one of the things he wanted to do was to provide for me and my brother and sisters."
This is a more skillful riposte to the "Romney is rich" meme than the accusation that Obama was demonizing "success." Why? Because the intergenerational transfer of wealth and advantage is not just a Republican virtue; it's also part of the Democratic message that Americans have a right to hope that their children will be better off than they are.
Democrats may support the estate tax (a.k.a. the death tax), but the idea that parents should be prosperous enough to pave the way for their offspring is an all-American value. Earning money to cushion your own lifestyle is arguably selfish and Republican-like; being able to provide for your children is altruistic and admirable. George Romney is an easier sell to Democrats than Mitt Romney, who inherited the silver spoon.