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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his  wife, Ann react while onstage during his Illinois primary night rally in Schaumburg, Illinois, March 20, 2012. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes (UNITED STATES  - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
You're pinning all your presidential hopes and dreams on little ol' me?
Ann Romney in Charge of Conveying Mitt's Warm and Fuzzy Side
And that's just the headline! But it gets better. So much better:
His biggest problem is that regular voters don’t like him as much as Obama. That's especially true of women, and that’s why the stakes are high for Ann Romney’s speech on the crucial opening night of the convention.
Too bad the speech won't be televised:
The three major television networks -- NBC, ABC, and CBS -- are not airing primetime coverage of the RNC on Monday, the opening night of the convention and the night that Ann Romney has been scheduled to deliver the keynote address.
That better be one hell of a speech if it's going to save Mitt Romney's ass without anyone actually seeing it. As if that weren't enough pressure, the expectations for what Ann's speech is supposed to accomplish couldn't be higher:
Aside from the nominee himself, no one can make a more personal and heartfelt case for his candidacy than the mother of five sons and breast-cancer survivor currently battling multiple sclerosis. Who better to reassure women that Romney is on their side than his attractive, personable mate of 43 years?
Ann has been tasked with convincing the 52 percent who think Obama is better for women to join the measly 24 percent who think Romney is. But no pressure, Ann. Well, maybe a little pressure:
In countering the "war on women" line of attack waged by Democrats, Ann Romney may be her husband’s best weapon.
Oh, sure. Ann Romney "may" be the best person to explain to all the lady voters why they're wrong about Mitt. After all, she is officially Mitt's chief adviser on lady things. Except the campaign doesn't believe she's very good at it, as Andrea Mitchell reported:
We should point out that we have been trying to get the Romney campaign to join this debate today, and they have said that they don't have an appropriate spokesperson, but we will keep trying.
Hard to imagine why the campaign doesn't think Ann is the best spokesperson on lady issues when her pitch to women is:
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.
But no matter; the campaign is hoping Ann can work her magic anyway:
Romney makes her husband a better candidate, staffers say, by helping him relax and stay focused. Women in the crowd swoon when the buttoned-down corporate executive lovingly introduces his “sweetheart” at campaign events. “It’s a great love story,” Schriefer said. “These two people have been married more than 40 years, and they are as much in love as they were at 16.”
Staffers can say that all they want. But the electorate is pretty lukewarm on Ann—as opposed to, say, Michelle Obama.

But since Mitt is so damned unlikable, the campaign really has no choice but to hope Ann can save him.

Good luck with that, Romneyland. You're going to need it.

Originally posted to Kaili Joy Gray on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 10:41 AM PDT.

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