As it turns out, nothing “humble” or “approachable” comes through in Mrs. Romney’s interviews. She can sound a little disingenuous and condescending at times, like she’s lecturing voters, and her statements often backfire on Mitt’s campaign. She has said that Latinos aren’t getting behind Mitt because of their “biases”:
“You’d better really look at your future and figure out who’s going to be the guy that’s going to make it better for you and your children, and there is only one answer… It really is a message that would resonate well if they could just get past some of their biases that have been there from the Democratic machines that have made us look like we don’t care about this community. And that is not true. We very much care about you and your families and the opportunities that are there for you and your families.”
Fifty-three percent of you anyway. Women on the other hand, according to Mrs. Romney, aren’t flocking to Mitt because they’re just not paying attention:
“Women, you need to wake up. 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.”
(The thing is, Ann – we’re very concerned about having our rights “turned around” – back toward the dark ages – by your husband and your party.)
Then there are the tax returns which Mitt still has no intention of releasing (other than 2010 and 2011). This created a problem for the campaign as voters and pundits wondered what Mitt could be hiding; there’s obviously something there, or he would have released them without giving it a second thought. The tax issue made Ann a little defensive, which led to the circulation of yet another quote that made her look anything but humble and approachable:
“We’ve given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and how we live our life.”
Alrighty then… She does realize her husband’s running for President, right?
Attempting to do some damage control after Mitt’s 47% video came to light, Mrs. Romney claimed Mitt’s words had been taken out of context:
“I’ve been on, obviously, on the trail a long time with Mitt and if you listen to the whole context of what Mitt talks about, he is talking about what’s happening right now in America and how more and more people are falling into poverty,” she said. “He wants to make sure to bring better opportunities for everyone. I know the guy, I know him really well, I know he cares. That’s why he’s running. It’s unfortunate when something gets misinterpreted like this, when it gets taken out of context.”
That of course is ridiculous, the tape doesn’t indicate anything near compassion or concern for those that aren’t doing well, and nothing was taken out of context or misinterpreted; he meant exactly what he said.
But the latest gem in the Ann Romney hit parade is directed at her own party. In discussing criticism of Mitt’s campaign in a couple of interviews, Mrs. Romney said:
“You know there is always sniping and everyone always thinks they are the best critic, and they know this and they know that. And you know what? It is really amazing to me that people forget that what this election really is about is the economy.”
“Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring. This is hard and, you know, it’s an important thing that we’re doing right now and it’s an important election and it is time for all Americans to realize how significant this election is and how lucky we are to have someone with Mitt’s qualifications and experience and know-how to be able to have the opportunity to run this country.”…
…“It’s nonsense and the chattering class…you hear it and then you just let it go right by…Honestly, at this point, I’m not surprised by anything.”
Is it natural for Ann Romney to come to her husband’s defense, of course it is; however, voters aren’t opting for Obama because they don’t know anything about Mitt Romney, they’re choosing Obama because they do. So spare us the lectures please, Mrs. Romney.