Ann Romney Wants You Meanies to Leave Her Husband Alone

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Ann Romney showed a little fire last night during a radio interview in Iowa, responding to her husband's critics by saying, "Stop it. This is hard."

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Romney's terrible, horrible, no good very bad week started when a secretly recorded videos of Mitt Romney accusing everyone who doesn't pay any income taxes of being a lazy freeloader, kicked into high gear when he lumbered onto a Univision set wearing unusually dark brown makeup, and ended just today, when Romney released his 2011 tax returns, which show that although he made almost $14 million last year, he only had a 14% effective tax rate. Some guy who works for him swears up and down that for the last 10 years, Romney has paid an average of a 20% tax rate.

Anyway, Ann is really tired of people pointing out the dumb crap her husband keeps doing. She told RadioIowa,

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.

I've seen better from you, Ann. C-. Please see me after class.

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Hmmmmmmmmmmm...

I don't know if I can really get behind the fact that nearly every comment here zeros in on Ann Romney's wealth as the reason that her comment lacks eloquence and seems off-base.

First of all, it seems apparent that a lot of people just plain resent her for being wealthy and assume that she's always had it easy as a result. I'm frankly surprised that people make so much of money. But even if she has had it easy, can you really hold that against her? Her parents were wealthy and their family ran in wealthy circles; as a result, she met and married Mitt Romney. That's the world she was born into. It's no different than someone who happens to be born into poverty in a ghetto: you can't choose your background.

Which brings me to my real point: I am not exactly crazy about Ann Romney. I think she comes across as hostile, distant, un-relatable, and - yes - maybe even affected. But I personally read that as discomfort with having to be so closely involved in such a public political process and - whether I am right or wrong in that specific assessment - I definitely feel uncomfortable with the implication that things that are wrong or unlikable about her are the result of her wealth.

As I was getting at before, I think that constitutes a double standard. Most of us would probably know better than to blame an asinine comment made by a poor person on his/her lack of wealth. (I would venture to say that most people posting here would be out-and-out horrified by such a thing.) So why is it okay to attribute Ann Romney's inane comments made to her bank account? Do we really think that she has no other qualities or distinguishing characteristics aside from her wealth?

And, despite the fact that this particular comment comes across as whiny and useless, do we really think she has no grounds on which to comment that hearing condemnatory criticisms of her husband is tough? It frankly has nothing to do with the legitimacy of said criticisms. Is your spouse perfect? Imagine if he ran for president and what people would likely say about him/her. Do you think that would be easy? Awkward as her comment is, I find it hard to be so offended by what ultimately amounts to an admission that she thinks having her husband run for president is hard. Articulateness aside, I think she has a right to say what she feels and I think it's pejorative for anyone to suggest that their own experience of "hard" negates hers.

I don't think the Romney's wealth is a total non-issue in this election (especially in light of recently revealed comments he's made), but when I read this particular comment by Ann Romney and observe how many people want to automatically do a "it's because she's rich and she doesn't understand what 'hard' actually means!" , it seems apparent to me that the Romney's wealth has become a source of preoccupation for some. I'm hardly advocating for Ann as first lady but I'd invite people to consider a. whether it's really fair to be so dismissive of someone on account of her wealth, b. whether it's even true that rich people have no problems/don't know what "hard" means/eat caviar all day and never worry about anything and especially c. whether that assumption is really any better, different, or more responsible than assuming that the 47% of people who have "already decided" to vote for Barrack Obama are lazy and want everything handed to them by the government.......

In conclusion: Her comment is dumb. But I'm just not convinced that that has anything to do with her socioeconomic status .