At this point I almost feel sorry for Ann Romney. Despite admitting that Republicans ginned up the entire “war on moms” in part because voters seem to find Ann Romney far more compelling than her husband and because Republicans need any traction they can gather with women voters.
But the reality is the woman is so hopelessly sheltered, so chronically out-of-touch with the concerns of working mothers in this country that even when she tries to sound “of the people” she comes across as hopelessly tone deaf. The latest example of this came during a speech at the Connecticut Republican Party’s Prescott Bush Awards Dinner.
At the dinner Romney was discussing just how clearly she understands the challenges mothers face, so much so that she “loves” that some women don’t have a choice to stay home and raise their children the way Romney did. Here’s what she said: “I love the fact that there are women out there who 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.”
Indeed, it’s much easier to “love” the idea that some women don’t have a choice but work and raise children on their own when such a choice is not one Romney ever had to seriously consider. And I suppose it’s as easy to “love” that idea when you don’t need to consider the policies Republicans promote that strip the ability of working mothers to juggle both demands and not live perpetually on the edge of, or in, poverty.
Romney may have been trying to say that all women have value (a shocking proposition within the Republican party to start), but instead all she managed to do was display the fact that for her mothers who work outside the home and raise children are as interesting and exotic as something she’d find at the zoo.
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