Ann Romney’s Speech: when Mitt was in college, the two of them were so financially strapped that they had to liquidate some of their stock portfolio
In a speech last night in Stamford, Connecticut, which is overshadowing today’s G.O.P. primaries in the Northeast, Ann Romney waded into the Hilary Rosen flap, talking about how she stayed at home to raise five kids, her struggles with serious illness, and how her “extraordinary husband” stood by her side, but left most of the domestic chores to her. She also sought to head off suggestions that, as the wife of an extremely wealthy chief executive, she had little understanding for the career choices that less well off Americans have to make, saying, according to Politico’s transcript:
My hats off to the men in this room too that are raising kids—I love that, and I love the fact that there are also women out there that 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 sometimes life isn’t easy for any of us.
During her remarks, Mrs. Romney was interrupted several times by cheering supporters. At the same time, though, the speech raises some dangers for the Romneys. Now that Ann is using the details of her domestic life for political purposes, journalists and Obama supporters are sure to focus on parts of that existence that might reflect less well on her and her husband. For example, she has said that when Mitt was in college, the two of them were so financially strapped that they had to liquidate some of their stock portfolio to get by. At the time Mrs. Romney said that she was engaged in a “struggle” to bring up her children, the family was living in a seven bedroom, six-and-a-half-bathroom mock-Colonial mansion in Belmont, Massachusetts, while spending summers at their five-thousand-square-foot vacation home, which sits on eleven lakefront acres in New Hampshire.
I’m starting to wonder it it’s possible for the Romneys to be any more out of touch with the average american than they are.
Seriously, I hope they keep running their mouths like this. It only serves to make it more apparent that they have absolutely no idea what “struggling” really is.