Last week SNL identified Mitt Romney as Obama’s “Christmas Miracle.”
SNL was making the point that inspite of the horrible economic problems, and even though if another candidate had been nominated Obama was ripe for being defeated, Mitt Romney has been such a poor candidate that Obama is still surging in the polls.
Today Ann Romney has joined Mitt as Obama’s Christmas Miracle. Ann did this radio interview.The interview was Obama’s “Christmas Miracle” in several ways.
1. Ann brought into focus the ongoing problem of Mitt Romney’s problem with women. Instead of addressing the reasons women won’t support Mitt, Ann paraded out women who had worked for Mitt while he was the Governor. Whether they were valued members of his staff or not, the fact that they were not invited to speak about having Mitt as a boss created the appearance that they were simply there to symbolize the fact that Mitt has hired people with ovaries.
2. Romney is working to overcome the perception that he is arrogant and out of touch. His comment that 47% of voters were dependant on the government and wouldn’t vote for him, was highly offensive, as well as factually incorrect. When he said “it’s not my job to care about those people” many American wondered if he would care about any of us. Ann made this perception of being out of touch even worse by making reference to the “chattering class”.
3. We have already heard Ann Romney attempt to play the victim, describing her struggle with MS and the fact that she had a miscarriage sometime during her child-bearing years when she carried and delivered 5 boys. Doubling-down on the victim card, Ann said that it was “hard” for me as a wife. She said “You want to try it? Get in the ring.” Most voters think that it is “hard” to put food on the table, pay the mortgage, and put their kids through college. Nobody want to hear Ann complain about how hard her life is going to the Olympics to watch her horse compete, going to her vacation home with an elevator for the cars, and trying to decide which Cadillac to drive today.
4. Ann further alienated people by speaking of the multitude of people who would stand in line along the “rope line” . These average Americans who wanted to shake hands with Romney also wanted to tell him of their problems and make their feeling known about the economy. Making fun of the comments of people in the rope line Ann said “everyone wants to help and everyone want to just give their peace – a little piece of acvice…”
4. Finally Ann disclosed that she is actually in control of what Mitt says, as he looks to her for approval. Ann said:
“In all the past debates, he would find me in the audience and after each question, he’d look at me ’cause it was like, ‘Did I do O.K. Ann? Was that O.K.?’” she said. “And I love that because he cares so much. I mean, we have such a good relationship and we have such a strong marriage and I know that he measures himself and how he’s doing by my face and how I think he’s doing, so I know in these next debates it’s going to be very important for me to be sitting in that audience.”
As Ann inflates her importance in Mitt’s life as a leader and politician, she conveys the picture of Mitt Romney as a leader who can’t manage anything without her. Certainly this is not the image of a strong, independent leader that the country needs.
Obama may have been plagued with the damage and the economic crisis left behind by George W., but the miracle of the 2012 campaign for him is both Ann and Mitt Romney. Imagine the gift of having your adversary as the best reason for people to vote for your re-election.