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Ann and Mitt Romney
Ann Romney clutches pearls, pretends to be outraged (Jeff Haynes/Reuters)
Remember that time someone you'd never heard of said the most offensive thing you could ever say about Ann Romney? It was so offensive that Ann had to start a Twitter account, just to express her offendedness. That's how offended she was. In fact, it was so offensive that her kids had to take time out of whatever the hell it is they do with their various degrees from Harvard (yup, Harvard) to express their offendedness on Twitter. We're talking DEFCON 1 offensive.

Yeah. About that:

"It was my early birthday present for someone to be critical of me as a mother," [Ann] said. "That was a really defining moment, and I loved it."
She loved it? Being viciously attacked with a factual statement about how she's never had a job, and she loved it? So, in other words, all the foot-stomping and pearl-clutching and salt-smelling and fundraising emails about poor Ann being attacked (with the truth), and all along, she loved it?

So all that outrage was a cynical act to try to stem the bleeding that is the 20-point gender gap. Team Romney shoved her in front of the cameras, schooled her in appearing appropriately offended, and kept their fingers crossed that it would somehow win them some lady points. All the while, she's laughing and loving it.  

There's a long and growing list of evidence that Mitt Romney is the weakest presidential candidate since pretty much forever. He's the least popular Republican nominee in modern history—and that's just within his own party. He's incapable of opening his mouth without letting the stupid out, unless he has a teleprompter in front of him. (Oh, the irony.)

But the fact that Romney's campaign thinks his wife is "one of its greatest assets" has to be somewhere near the top of the list. Because the truth is, Ann Romney running around this country claiming to understand the economic struggles women face because she too, as the wife of a multimillionaire, has struggled and doesn't even consider herself wealthy is about as tone-deaf as you can get. Ann may seem human and likable compared with Mitt, but that's really not saying much.

Originally posted to Kaili Joy Gray on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 09:02 AM PDT.

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