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Ann and Mitt Romney
I just love how life sucks for the rest of you. (Jeff Haynes/Reuters)
Ann Romney, the hardest workin' hard worker ever and Mitt's "greatest asset" as well as his chief adviser on Stuff That Ladies Care AboutTM, continued her "I'm every woman" tour yesterday with an address to the bluest of the blue collars:
Romney told the audience at the Connecticut Republican Party’s Prescott Bush Awards Dinner in Stamford of the exhausting nature of the campaign and the unfairness of the news cycle.
Ann shared many harrowing tales of struggle, from having to watch her husband "not getting the proper treatment at times," to doing laundry. Because Mitt Romney's chief lady stuff adviser is quite certain that the best way for her to connect with the common (wo)man, is to continue insisting that she, the wife of a multi-millionaire, is just a regular mom with regular problems and regular struggles and she knows just how hard it is to raise a family on nothing but your husband's stock portfolio, the house your father-in-law the governor bought you, and today's equivalent of a couple hundred grand.

And then Ann shared this terribly empathic sentiment:

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.
Well, gosh, Ann, isn't it nice for you that poor and middle-income women exist just to amuse the shit out of you with their lack of choices? How nice that there are women who must go to work because they don't have wealthy husbands and in-laws to provide for them. Bet Ann was equally tickled when George W. Bush met a single mom who had to work three jobs to keep afloat, and he told her it was "uniquely American" and "fantastic that you're doing that." How marvelous!

There's nothing wrong with being rich. But there's something very wrong with being so oblivious to your own privilege and all the choices it has afforded you that your response to your fellow Americans who don't enjoy such privilege and don't have the same opportunities is to tell them how much you "love" their struggles and hey, you've struggled too, so you can totally relate.

Ann Romney can't relate. She doesn't get it. No matter how "not wealthy" she considers herself, no matter how much she flip-flops, in typical Romney family fashion, on whether being a stay-at-home mom wasn't or was or wasn't work, she just doesn't get it. And neither does her husband, who believes that only wealthy women like Ann deserve the "choice" to stay at home with their children; the other women—you know, the ones Ann "loves" because they don't have a choice—are drug addicts who raise "indolent and unproductive" children and "need to go to work" so they'll have "dignity."

If the Romneys really cared about the plight of all Americans—not just their super rich friends who own sports teams—they'd be fighting to help all Americans to have the same choices the Romneys are so proud of. But they're not doing that. Mitt has told us he's "not concerned with the very poor," and his wife "loves" that some women out there "don’t have a choice."

Want to burst Ann's bubble? Tell Congress to support the WORK Act so all women will have the same choice Ann did to stay home with their children.

Originally posted to Kaili Joy Gray on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 09:55 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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