Ann Romney Insists That Mittens Does So Have Empathy

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This morning on Meet the Press, Ann Romney made an admirable effort to convince the American voters — you know, the folks, the ordinary guys and gals out there pinching pennies, tightening belts and opting for off-brand paper towels — that her husband and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wasn't, in fact, a version of Robocop programmed to kill manufacturing jobs and eat money. Mittens is anything but a compassionless cyborg his critics accuse him of being — he's got empathy. Lots of it. He sits by hospital beds, helps people with...stuff:

And in particular, for Mitt - who really has been demonized in many ways as being heartless and for people to stand up and say, ‘Excuse me. He was there when my son was dying of leukemia. He came to my son's bedside. He did all of these things for my son.' And then another woman saying how Mitt was there for her. So there's hundreds of those stories that haven't been told. And it was refreshing to me for the American people to finally be able to see the lens through which I see my husband and the perspective in which I understand how he operates.


Not only does Mittens visit the sick and materialize beside women in vague need of help, he understands that many Americans are struggling financially. Of course, the Romneys aren't in tough financial straits, but they get it, honest they do:

And our struggles have not been financial, but they've been with health and with difficulties in different things in life. And one thing that I, again, like to remind people is that - multiple sclerosis has been my teacher. It has been at times a cruel teacher. But it has also been a great gift in my life because [of] what it has done, it has taught me to be more compassionate and caring for others that are suffering.

Aside from that final macabre window opening into Ann Romney's soul, it's hard to say how successful casting Mitt Romney as the compassionate candidate will be. And by how successful I of course mean whether the strategy will have no impact at all, or whether it will seem so patronizing to some people that it may actually work against Mittens, because if there's one thing anyone with money trouble hates hearing from rich people its insincere commiseration.

Still, if South Park has been any sort of barometer on Mormonism, the Romneys are probably right this very minute sitting down to an alarmingly good-humored game of Monopoly, thinking innocent thoughts about the platypus god waiting to greet them in heaven, unaware that anyone in the world bears them even the slightest ill-will.

Ann Romney says Mitt Romney has been ‘demonized' [WaPo]


Ginger, get the popcorn!

I'm always baffled by people like Anne Romney. Someone whose has dealt with a chronic, and sometimes debilitating, disease. I imagine that healthcare and medicine and doctors and nurses have been immensely valuable to Anne in her struggles with MS. How is it that she (or Mitt) seem unable to understand how much more difficult life would be if she didn't have access to health care, and then in turn understand why everyone should have access to good quality, affordable, health care?

Also, I think the true test of empathy isn't just showing up for the people you know. That's often sympathy. It's understanding, caring about, and wanting to help people you don't know.