So, I’ve already weighed in on Ann Romney’s attempts to make her husband out to be all warm and fuzzy and the kind of guy you not only want to take home to the parents, but who will also work his darnedest in the White House. There are plenty of people kvelling over her speech and how amazing it was and inspiring and pitch perfect and oh my GAWD, she was a GOP rock star!
And I think, was I watching the same speech?
Because I was totally put off by her remarks. By her suggestions that all mothers think the same and so will vote the same. By her implication that good mothers who worry about the future of their kids will only vote Republican. By the fact that I should care about the year or years she and Mitt spent eating pasta and tuna. I spent three years putting myself through law school — been there, done that on the spaghetti and Starkist diet.
As I’ve been poking around the web today, I’ve seen some lists of things people loved about Ann’s speech, so I had to take one more pass. So, for your consideration, here are five things I hated about Ann Romney’s speech:
1. Pandering to the “mom vote.” Yes, we know she’s a mom. And, yes, we know that both parties need the mom vote. But talking about us moms who sigh and worry and work too hard, in an attempt to relate to us, is disingenuous. All mothers have worries about their kids. I don’t think I’m going out too far on a limb to assume that Ann Romney never had some of the more serious worries most of us have — like whether the public school our kids attend is good and the teachers are supported. Or whether we have to deal with a mortgage foreclosure crisis. Or whether we can even afford to buy tuna or pasta to feed our kids.
2. I don’t care if Mitt was a good date. Seriously? I’m glad she loves him and that he loves her. But it doesn’t matter to me AT ALL. I don’t care if Michelle and Barack are in love either. And I think it’s also offensive when she talks so fondly of being taken care of by her husband and not having to worry her little head over money. The vast majority of mothers in America aren’t in that situation, and I can’t help but get the feeling that when she thinks back over her days as being the housewife in the Romney household, that she can’t understand why anyone would want (or have) to do things differently. Making a choice about working outside the home or not is great and I’m all for that. But when politicians and their spouses ignore those who have no choice, that’s when I know they’re out of touch.
3. I don’t need to be reminded about my love for my children. Patronizing much? We all love our kids, so it’s a little hard to swallow to suggest that only Republicans who think like you love their kids. What I’d like to hear more about is why the TV show Modern Family is one of your favorites, especially since your husband is against gay marriage and seems to be tone deaf when it comes to the issues of any families who don’t look like yours. Though I did enjoy this tweet on the subject:
Thrilled Ann Romney says ModFam is her favorite show. We’ll offer her the role of officiant at Mitch & Cam’s wedding. As soon as it’s legal.
4. She’s a survivor. That’s nice, and I’m glad she is, but it has nothing to do with why we ought to consider Mitt. The thing that really gets to me is that Ann Romney has been able to play the breast cancer/multiple sclerosis survivor card for the political benefit of her husband and that’s been OK with most people. I know I’m going to take heat for saying that, but she has. My best friend in the whole world had breast cancer and MS, as well, and sadly she’s no longer around to talk about it. But I knew her long enough and well enough to know that she would be royally pissed off to hear Ann play those cards as political chits to get into the White House.
5. If only you knew the real Mitt. We already do and we don’t need to know much more. Whether he is a good dad or a good date isn’t information I care about. I know he used to be more moderate and now he’s not, or at least he’s pretending he’s not so he can get elected to an office I don’t even think he wants. I know what his constantly changing record is and I know that he’s made the decision not to talk about anything substantive these days for fear that someone on the right will disagree with him. And he knows he needs them to stand any chance of winning.
So can we be done with the fawning over Ann Romney and her convention speech? The most interesting moment to me was when Mitt was on stage with her at the end of her comments and he seemed visibly relieved that he wasn’t the one who had been in the spotlight for a change.
And guess what? Mitt took the day off from the convention today for other engagements. Sounds to me like Mrs. Romney is more interested in the White House than Mitt is.