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Today is not a good day for Mitt Romney. As if there is such a thing. Here's another stunning admission:

We ... we, uh, use Ann sparingly right now so that people don't get tired of her.
We already know that Mitt uses his wife as a shield; in fact, the campaign admitted in July that it would deflect questions about Mitt's taxes by accusing critics of attacking Ann since they were her taxes too.

Before that, Ann "loved" the supposedly oh-so-offensive comment that she'd never worked a day in her life (which she hasn't, as she herself has said). Ann considered that supposed attack an "early birthday present," since it was such a great fundraising opportunity for the campaign.

Romneyland has been trying for months to "use Ann" to bolster Mitt's likability and to close that pesky gender gap. Like at the Republican National Convention:

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.
That didn't work.

The problem is that Mitt Romney is extremely unlikable, so, yes, by comparison, it seems wise to "use Ann." Except that Ann can't make her husband any more likable because, actually, she's pretty unlikable too. As they have demonstrated again and again and again and again and again, they are both mean and insensitive and clueless people who enjoy the suffering of others. This is a woman, after all, who loves "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."

Yes. Isn't it wonderful how some people who didn't marry rich have to suffer to make ends meet?

That's the real reason Mitt can't "use Ann" too often after all. It doesn't help. She's just as terrible a person as he is.


Originally posted to Kaili Joy Gray on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 02:32 PM PDT.

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