The Atlantic Wire: ”By all accounts, the past month has been most difficult on Romney’s wife, Ann, who friends said believed up until the end that ascending to the White House was their destiny. They said she has been crying in private and trying to get back to riding her horses.”
PoliticusUSA reports that the Romney campaign unleashed their “secret weapon,” The Anntoinette, on a local Denver Fox affiliate last night to defend her beleaguered husband against his words that came right out of his own mouth:
“I know he cares and that’s why he’s running. It’s unfortunate when things get taken out of context.” — Ann Romney, last night to Fox 31 Denver
What? Mother Jones so kindly supplied the full video and there were no edits, no Breitbarting.
The Fox reporter clarified, “So, he wasn’t expressing any disdain for poor people, or people who are on entitlement programs?”
Ann Romney replied, “Absolutely not, absolutely not. Totally not so.”
Well, okay then! This should be a good thing, right? Hey, America, Mitt Romney does not disdain poor people or people on entitlements!
Watch video here…
Here’s the funny thing about the video: the Romney campaign took it down (after about 165 views) almost as soon as they’d put it up, according to Buzzfeed:
The saddest rapid response… The Romney campaign just uploaded a video with the title “Ann Romney to FOX31: Mitt Doesn’t Disdain the Poor.” UPDATE: Apparently the campaign has removed the video from its official account. UPDATE 2: Original video from Fox affiliate added.
I guess the campaign is worried we’ll get tired of Ann? (Tip to Romney campaign: too late!)
Pre-existing condition? Tough shit.
con-tem-plate: Mitt Romney on Leno:
“If they’re 45 years old and they show up and they say I have a heart condition and I want insurance? You can’t play the game like that.”
I know plenty of people who have pre-existing conditions. This is exactly why we need the individual mandate. The Republican spokesperson goes on and on about how this is a hard problem to solve. Well, guess what? It’s already been solved, and it called Obamacare! Obamacare is the first pass at helping real life healthcare issues just like this. Under Romney, sorry, you’re out of luck.
Is this man for real? His glib answer just came out without any thought. Cold, compassionless, heck, no intelligence either.
Jay Leno does a great job, and all it took was a simple follow-up question.
Mitt’s own wife, Anntoinette, has a pre-existing condition. But neither of them have been without health insurance (or the money to pay for the very best medical treatment) a day in their privileged, silver-spoon fed lives.
Romneybot is unable to compute a life without a lot of money. FFS, apparently Ann still has PTSD from having to “eat tuna” and sell some stock when they were in college. These two would fall apart if they had to live our lives for a couple of weeks!
In an interview with KWQC-TV6 on Sep. 7, Ann Romney refused to comment on issues stemming from the ongoing War on Women. Romney tells the anchor that issues like same-sex marriage and contraception provided through an employer’s health insurance plan are irrelevant topics to women in this election.
Anchor David Nelson: “What is your message to voters?”
Ann Romney: “My message, really was, ‘women, I hear your voices,’ and the interesting thing about this economy, this tough economy that we’re going through, is that women have been hit the hardest. And I wanted to make sure that women of America knew that we have been across this country for the last year and a half and we are very aware of how tough it is for them.
They are juggling so many things, and I think all of us know that women work harder than anyone and that they hold down jobs, they are raising the kids, they’re trying to get food on the table and everything else and they’re really being stretched and my message was really for women and it’s saying ‘trust my husband, he does not fail he will not fail’ and he is going to work harder than anyone to make sure that your economic prosperity and your future will be more sound with him.”
Anchor David Nelson: “Here in Iowa, as you know, same-sex marriage is legal. Do you believe a lesbian mother should be allowed to marry her partner?”
Ann Romney: “You know, I’m not going to talk about the specific issues. I’m going to let my husband speak on issues. I’m here to really just talk about my husband and what kind of husband and father he is and, you know, those are hot-button issues that distract from what the real voting issue is going to be at this election. That, it’s going to be about the economy and jobs.
And, frankly, the President said four years ago that if he doesn’t turn this economy around he’s going to be looking at a one-term presidency. And I frankly believe that Mitt is the person that is so going to be focused on jobs and job creation and making sure that women’s economic prosperity is more certain and by the way their children’s future is because as we all know we’re facing this debt crisis. Sometime, somewhere, somehow someone’s going to have to pay off these debts, and it’s going to be our children. And we have to, it’s getting to be a desperate situation. We will be looking at a Greece-like situation or a Spain situation if we don’t address these issues very quickly.”
Anchor David Nelson: “Do you believe that employer-provided health insurance should be required to cover birth control?”
Ann Romney: ”Again, you’re asking me questions that are not about what this election is going to be about. This election is going to be about the economy and jobs.“
Anchor David Nelson: “Well, a Pew Research poll shows those issues are very important to women, ranking them either “important” or “very important.”
Ann Romney: “You know, but I personally believe, and this is what I’m hearing from women all across the country that they are going to look for the guy that’s going to pull them out of the weeds and get them job security and a brighter future for their children. That’s the message.
Listen, I’ve been across this country, I’ve been for a year-and-a-half on the campaign trail. I’ve spoken with thousands of women and they are telling me, they’re telling me a couple of things, one they say they’re praying for me which is really wonderful, and then they’re saying, ‘please help, please help. We are so worried about our jobs.’ So really if you want to try to pull me off of the other messages it’s not going to work because I know because I’ve been out there.“
Anchor David Nelson: “Well, I don’t want to pull you off any message. You just told a reporter who was questioning you in Cleveland that you want women to have a secure and stable future. I asked you about marriage and whether lesbian mothers should be allowed to marry. Isn’t marriage a part of creating a stable future?
Ann Romney: “You know, again, I’m going to talk to you about the economy and about job creation and about how my husband is the right person for the right time. This is going to be an election that is very important for women, and we are going to make sure that their economic prosperity is more certain under a President Romney.”
All these women supposedly telling Ann they’re worried about their jobs… it almost sounds like she’s been threatening to lay off her housekeepers, doesn’t it?
If only Mitt and Ann had listened to women (and men) who were worried about losing their jobs back when Bain Capital was in its heyday: bankrupting companies, laying off the workforce, offshoring their jobs to China and India. Oh, well! Better to pretend to listen now than never.
Not even Republican women get women voters. (via: quickhits)
Her husband, Mitt Romney, is attuned to women’s struggles, especially their economic struggles, and, Ann Romney said, “I know that Mitt will be there for you.”
“Women, you need to wake up,” she told the largely female audience at a “Women For Mitt” rally in Findlay, Ohio. “Women have to ask themselves who is going to … be there for you. I can promise you, I know that Mitt will be there for you, he will stand up for you, he will hear your voices, he knows how to fix an economy, he’s a can do kind of guy, he’s a turnaround guy.”
Shorter Ann Romney:
source: Zina Saunders
A Smart Politics review finds that Michelle Obama’s 2012 speech to the Democratic convention was written at the highest ever grade level for spouses of presidential candidates and seven grade levels above Ann Romney’s Republican convention remarks, as measured by the Flesch-Kincaid readability test. (via: Political Wire)
The First Lady’s speech was seven grade levels above Ann Romney’s speech? Exactly how dumb does Lady Romney think you people are?
image: The Raw Story
Perpetually confused-looking Brian Kilmeade of Fox & Friends asked Ann Romney if it was difficult for Mitt to turn down a $30 million job offer in 2008. Her answer:
“Well, we’re used to kind of passing offers up like that. For us, our life is not about making money. We’ve been very blessed financially. Our life is now about giving back. I always trust that Mitt can always make another dollar. Poor guy, he took no pay when he did the Olympics for three years and no pay when he was governor for four years.”
Previous Marie Annoinette-isms (Think Progress):
- “I don’t even consider myself wealthy, which is an interesting thing.” [Fox News, 3/5/12]
- “Remember, we’d been paying $62 a month rent, but here, rents were $ 400, and for a dump. This is when we took the now-famous loan that Mitt talks about from his father and bought a $42,000 home in Belmont, and you know? The mortgage payment was less than rent.” [Boston Globe, 10/20/94]
- “I love the fact that there are women out there who don’t have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids.” [Prescott Bush Awards Dinner, 4/24/12]
- “We’ve given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and how we live our life.” [ABC News, 7/19/12]
- Ann Romney said that Hispanics would vote Republican “if they could just get past some of their biases.”
Via thepoliticalfreakshow: Lots of conservatives have mocked Obama for using Teleprompters, but Romney hasn’t. As he told Fox News’ Sean Hannity, “it does make some sense though, I understand, it makes some sense.” He got the prompters adjusted this afternoon:
And from Tuesday night:
PHOTO BY J. SCOTT APPLWHITE, AP PHOTO • Ann Romney is greeted on stage by her husband Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney after her speech to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012.
The “Reader-in-Chief” – Obama’s Teleprompter: The GOP’s Dumbest Attack: ”It’s a strange obsession because it’s inane. Teleprompters are tools. Sure they’re high tech if you’ve just emerged from the 1950s (which might explain the GOP’s fascination with them), but ultimately they’re just a medium for prepared remarks, substantively no different from a sheet of paper on a lectern. A teleprompter can’t magically imbue a poor speech with additional spellbinding qualities. Criticizing someone for using a teleprompter is like berating him for using a microphone, or arguing that there’s something wrong with writing on a word processor rather than with a quill and ink…”
However, when someone who’s held up as The Savior to the Teapeoples has to write the high points of her speech on her hand… that’s a whole different level of WTF. Especially when said Savior loves to talk about the president’s teleprompter usage.
“Young Mitt Romney took full advantage of every opportunity he was granted and is clearly a genuinely successful businessman. Anyone can — and should — applaud the young Romneys’ frugality, determination and dedication. But that success must also be credited in large part to his unique level of privilege, which clearly shielded the young couple from the true nature of poverty. And real poverty, I am afraid to inform Mrs. Romney, is not merely a series of choices in décor. It is not some sort of a lark. It is not an act of youthful defiance. It is not living frugally simply because you want to prove a point. It is having nothing to fall back on. It is knowing that if you fail or run into even a tiny bit of bad luck, you and your family will not have food or shelter.” — Larry Womack: Ann Romney Addresses the Common People (via apsies)
Probably for different reasons though. And your husband scares me too.
HERE’S HOW FUN MITT IS:
Now Fox News Is Framing The Romneys As “Dad” And The “Good Housekeeping” Wife
Chris Wallace: “When Ann Romney said “You can trust Mitt, it was almost like the Good Housekeeping seal of approval”
Martha MacCallum: “It felt as if [Mitt Romney] came across as, you know, a grownup, as the Dad…
Talk about getting carried away with a fictional narrative.
Let’s remember Lord and Lady Romney were toasting Mitt’s nomination under a Cayman Islands’ flag on a party yacht called the “Cracker Bay” Wednesday night. There’s your “Good Housekeeping seal of approval.”
gifsfln: A little bit of miscommunication between last night’s headlining speakers at the GOP convention.
Weirdly, back to back speeches: “I… Love… You… Women!” It sounds like Oprah Romney is trying to obscure that infamous quote of hers, when she said not long ago: “I love the fact that there are women out there who don’t have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids. Thank goodness that we value those people too.” And it sounds like Chris Christie was telling the orphans they’ve had enough free porridge — start hustling, ya little bastards.
Also, since Ann loves women now, is Ann (and her robo-husband) suddenly in favor of equal pay for women? Do they understand the importance of Planned Parenthood for poor women? Do they care what the passage of the ACA means for millions of moms? Or does Mitt still want to take away these things from America’s wonderful women? Eh.
Kevin Drum says,
According to Ann Romney, it’s all about love and all about our nation’s great women. According to Christie, love has paralyzed us and, anyway, it’s only for the womenfolk. Is it any wonder that Ann Romney looked distinctly frosty throughout Christie’s speech?
On a more substantive note, did anyone else notice that even Ann Romney was almost entirely unable to humanize Mitt? She talked about the things he had done, but hardly at all about the kind of person he is. There was a brief reference to Mitt being “warm and loving and patient” — and helpful to friends in trouble — but after that it was all about Mitt being hardworking and successful. In other words, pretty much the corporate drone we all think he is. I doubt very much that this really helped the Republican cause with women much.
Soonergrunt: Is it just me, or does anyone else here watch Ann Romney and think that maybe Mitt’s the expressive one?
Political Wire clarifies the Republican double-speak from last night:
“I want to talk to you tonight about that one great thing that unites us, that one thing that brings us our greatest joy when times are good, and the deepest solace in our dark hours. Tonight I want to talk to you about love.” – Ann Romney, at the GOP convention last night.
“I believe we have become paralyzed by our desire to be loved.” – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, giving the keynote address last night.
David Corn: (Newsflash: Ann Romney Endorses Husband!)… This was her big finish: I said tonight I wanted to talk to you about love. Look into your hearts. This is our country. This is our future. These are our children and grandchildren. You can trust Mitt. He loves America. He will take us to a better place, just as he took me home safely from that dance. Ann Romney was comparing the entire nation to a high school girl being escorted home from a dance. That was her pitch: I love him, you should, too. Don’t worry your pretty little heads about the details.
[...] If the theme of Christie’s speech was “respect,” what the governor had in mind appeared to be respect for his own political stylings. Romney was mostly an after-thought. In fact, Romney was the moon to the two suns of the night. Ann Romney told America’s women that all they need to know is that because she, a woman, loves Mitt, they can trust him. Christie’s main point was similarly self-centric: Because he’s a tough SOB who commands respect he can vouch for this other guy.
DailyKos: Romney reacts to Christie’s speech: