Not only does the American public not care to hear Lady Romney speak at the Republican National Convention, but apparently no one at the convention wants to hear her speak either. However they all have to pretend since (1) she’s their candidate’s wife and (2) Marie ANNtoinette is supposed be their “hook” to reel in the average, undecided female vote (good luck with that!).
Since all three networks aren’t broadcasting the RNC on Monday night when Ann was originally scheduled to speak, Lord and Lady Romney now have The Help scrambling to rearrange the deck chairs on the RNC-Titanic. They’re demanding that one of the peasants with a primetime speaking slot give it up for Ann. Initially it looked like Marco Rubio was the lucky peasant to be replaced. But the villagers worried that replacing the guy with some noticeable melanin would immediately cancel out any potential off-white votes in November. So they changed their mind and actually had to issue a press release assuring people that Rubio would retain his slot:
The Florida Senator might not get bumped — and dissed — from his primetime Thursday night speaking slot at the Republican National Convention to make way for presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann. [...] she might take former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s primetime slot Wednesday.
[...] “[Rubio]‘s one of the Republican Party’s big stars, the Republican senator from a state Romney needs to win,” said state House Republican Leader Carlos Lopez-Cantera, who was just elected county property appraiser. “I can’t believe they would do this.”
It certainly would symbolize the official end of any semblance of genuine Hispanic outreach by the Romney campaign.
[...] As our partner Adam Smith notes: If Rubio does get bumped, it would be on the heels of the Republicans adopting a platform embracing hard line immigration positions, including encouraging more laws like Arizona’s. Cuban-Americans in south Florida have already taken note that only a few years ago Paul Ryan wanted to open up trade with Cuba. You can predict the Democratic talking points about Romney-Ryan writing off the Hispanic vote.
It seems the RNC thinks that just because they prop up a off-white guy, they’ll reap off-white votes, regardless of their terrible policies and attitudes towards off-white people. Just like they think they can prop up someone with a vagina (Ann Romney, Sarah Palin, etc — someone who is probably not likable to average women), and pull in the female vote, regardless of how terrible their attitudes and policies are for actual vagina owners.
Conservative white men have a hard time thinking outside their conservative white male Big Tent.