Ann Romney, is a cancer survivor, person struggling with Multiple Sclerosis, Mother of five, grandmother, Olympic horse owner, and wife to Mitt Romney, Republican presidential nominee for 2012, was tapped for another role last night at the Republican National Convention– that of miracle worker. In a fetching 50′s era inspired, red belted dress, La Romney channeled June Cleaver with all her might in a speech primarily about love.
While it’s nice that Mitt Romney was fun to date, be married to, and can certainly measure success by how much wealth he ‘built’, there’s little to inspire presidential confidence. The speech to be aimed at comfortable suburban women, the independent swing voters that both sides lust after, with coded messages about “real marriage”. Can the Romney love story sway the ladies, even though the GOP platform is patently anti-woman? Ann Romney claims her husband is just the man to solve America’s economic woes if given the chance. Here’s how she tried to connect with the 99% of American women that don’t have rich husbands, by alternately flattering, and pointing out economic worries she cannot possibly understand, by saying:
“It’s the moms who always have to work a little harder, to make everything right. It’s the moms of this nation — single, married, widowed — who really hold this country together. We’re the mothers, we’re the wives, we’re the grandmothers, we’re the big sisters, we’re the little sisters, we’re the daughters. You know it’s true, don’t you? You’re the ones who always have to do a little more.
You know what it’s like to work a little harder during the day to earn the respect you deserve at work and then come home to help with that book report which just has to be done. You know what those late night phone calls with an elderly parent are like and the long weekend drives just to see how they’re doing. You know the fastest route to the local emergency room and which doctors actually answer the phone when you call at night.
You know what it’s like to sit in that graduation ceremony and wonder how it was that so many long days turned into years that went by so quickly.
You are the best of America. You are the hope of America. There would not be an America without you. Tonight, we salute you and sing your praises.
I’m not sure if men really understand this, but I don’t think there’s a woman in America who really expects her life to be easy. In our own ways, we all know better!
And that’s fine. We don’t want easy. But these last few years have been harder than they needed to be. It’s all the little things — that price at the pump you just can’t believe, the grocery bills that just get bigger; all those things that used to be free, like school sports, are now one more bill to pay. It’s all the little things that pile up to become big things. And the big things — the good jobs, the chance at college, that home you want to buy, just get harder. Everything has become harder.
We’re too smart to know there aren’t easy answers. But we’re not dumb enough to accept that there aren’t better answers.”
Somehow, magically, Mitt will just make it all go away. By using failed the economic tactics of the Bush Administration, by taking one more job away from a hard working guy: President Barack Obama.