On the cover of TIME Magazine’s online convention daily coverage, Ann Romney was pictured in a lovely plum-colored blouse and a pair of jeans. Or, should I say, she’s wearing the pants.
I’m convinced that Ann Romney wears the pants in her household, both when it comes to their family and when it comes to their political lives. Mitt Romney is already on the record saying that Ann is the one who tells him what women are thinking and what voters are saying is important to them. She’s the one who was peeved about Clint Eastwood and the empty chair schtick, while Mitt laughed it off as all planned in advance (which it wasn’t). Ann has talked about why “we’re” running for the White House. She revs up the crowds at campaign stops and it’s clear that she’s enjoying every minute of it.
Even though Ann was infamously declared to be a woman who “never worked a day in her life,” Ann has made it clear through her actions and words on the campaign trail that she is the one who wants the White House more than her husband.
But what happens to her if Mitt is elected and she’s no longer the driving force behind the man? She might want to ask Michelle Obama — the woman who went from being the main breadwinner in that household and who single-handedly kept her family running so Barack could pursue his political ambitions. Once he was elected, she had to morph into the “mom-in-chief” publicly to be acceptable to so many Americans.
I’m sure Ann won’t mind taking on that title, but it doesn’t take a lot of body language expertise or personality analysis to see that if, as most First Ladies are, she gets cut off from the real decision making if her husband becomes president, this mom of five and grandma of 18 won’t be too pleased that she’s no longer wearing the pants in the family.
Watch and listen when they’re together before adoring Republicans. He’s the man whose laugh never sounds natural and actually seems relieved when he can hand over the campaign duties to Ann, a woman who seems to connect naturally, who appears energized even though she says the stress of the campaign trail makes her multiple sclerosis worse.
Romney is the Al Gore of the GOP — supposedly funny in private but can’t quite seem to get that comic timing in public. The uncomfortable laugh. The poorly-fitted dad jeans. The jokes gone bad. He’s got the business experience many voters are looking for, but when it comes to connecting in that “I want to have a beer (or iced tea, since he doesn’t drink) with him” kind of way, it’s up to his most high profile surrogate to convince the crowds that he’s the who can fix the economy and that he had no option but to run and be the political savior.
Ann Romney is the one who’s been delivering those kinds of comments with real passion and zeal — something the Mitt-ster can’t seem to do. And even when questions are addressed to him, she takes over to get across his message:
I’m all for women being the ones to “wear the pants.” But maybe Ann Romney should have been honest about who she is and what she wants and run for president herself. I personally hope it doesn’t happen, but if the Romneys move into the White House, Ann is in for a pretty rude awakening when her pants get replaced with a skirt and an apron.