Ann Romney loses the plot.

I am of the “leave the spouse out of it” school of electioneering, but if the spouse puts him/herself right in the thick of It, what can I do?

I present to you the words of one Ann Romney, speaking in an interview and addressing those in the GOP who have criticized her husband this past week:

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.

Seventy-four words.

That quote is 74 words long, and has about 112 things wrong with it. I want to start at the very end with the notion that the President runs the country, but then I see “have the opportunity” — he doesn’t have the opportunity, we’ll find out on November 6 if the American people want him to have that opportunity — and then I see that we’re supposed to feel lucky that her husband decided to do this, and then I get to them doing an important thing, and then I get alllll the way to the start where she is scolding people (again) and I just – what is this I can’t even.

Sigh. As my pal BJonthegird put it:

h/t TPM



  1. David L

     /  September 20, 2012

    To repeat my own Tweet from a moment ago: Considering that Perry, Cain, & Gingrich all led the race for a while, Ann Romney’s right. We are lucky to have a nominee w/Mitt’s know-how.

    There’s a definite sense of entitlement there, but on the sliding scale of “things said by people named Romney”, it’s not all that egregious.

  2. This was probably a moment of real insight for her–that people in general will be criticizing her and her husband without her permission.

    I am not being snarky. But maybe she’s just never really realized what it means to be the leader of the free world–that a LOT of people don’t like being led by someone who thinks he’s entitled to be King of the World.

    • The Ann Romney thought process:

      Ooh, Mitty will be king of the world!
      What do you mean, those people will get to talk about us?
      I didn’t give them permission to talk about us. Can’t you make them stop?
      I never heard of this Bill of Rights. It’s not fair.
      Mitty, when you’re king, get rid of this free speech thing first, will you?

  3. Annie

     /  September 20, 2012

    I don’t think the Romney campaign, which keeps putting her out there, has come to terms with the truth that Ann Romney is (1) wildly unlikeable (doesn’t she remind you of the mean-girl prom queen who said dumb things in class and was awful to her classmates but got away with it because her dad donated a lot of money to the school?) and (2) a terrible surrogate in the campaign, probably the worst spouse surrogate in decades.

    • efgoldman

       /  September 21, 2012

      ….a terrible surrogate in the campaign, probably the worst spouse surrogate in decades.
      Todd Palin?

      They’ve lived together a long time. Why shouldn’t she be as clueless, tin-eared, entitled a he is?

  4. wearyvoter

     /  September 21, 2012

    They’re members of a political party that pushes the line that the Obamas are thin-skinned. I’m sure Michelle Obama didn’t appreciate the Juan Williams comment about “Stokely Carmichael in a dress,” but I’m not aware of her ever bringing it up in an interview and complaining about it.

  5. Retief

     /  September 26, 2012

    Actually it was Laura Bush who had the history of running people over. Was he her boyfriend or exboyfriend? I can never remember.

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