COMMENTARY | Who else is sick and tired of Ann Romney? Everybody? Just think: If Mitt Romney is elected, this woman will be the First Lady and on television making statements far more often. Just what America needs — an articulate, snobbish Sarah Palin. Something to think about if one somehow really needs a factor to get past the tipping point on who not to vote for in the upcoming election. And to add to all the reasons why one doesn’t want Romney as a First Lady, she appeared on “The Tonight Show” and tried once more to convince Americans that Mitt Romney is the right choice for president simply on the merit of her belief in him.
She told host Jay Leno that her belief that her husband can turn the country around was strong, so strong that it overcame her resolution — one that she says she documented on video four years ago — to never campaign again. Of course, she apparently put it aside since it is rather obvious she’s been campaigning for and with the former Massachusetts governor for the past few years.
“Four years ago I made a video tape,” she said to Leno. “On the videotape, I looked into the camera and I said, ‘Mitt, this is for you, sweetheart. I’m never doing this again.’ I showed it to him and he looked at it and he said, ‘You know, Ann, you say that after every pregnancy.’ Which is true.”
The Romneys have five children, all males. The last child was born in 1981.
But now she is “100 percent committed” she told “The Tonight Show” host. Why? Because she believes in her husband’s abilities as a businessman and a politician, and she noted she was particularly swayed by his belief that “it’s not too late” to save the nation.
But committed or no, Ann Romney is only slightly more likable than her awkwardly stiff husband. Maybe. There is the quality of the pedant, the condescender, the aristocratic snob in the way she speaks. But even when her tone is light and conversational, there is something in her tone that conveys that she believes she’s a bit above it all. It was in evidence on “The Tonight Show,” but far better contained than in the interview where she told ABC News that she and her husband had “given all you people need to know” when asked about their tax records.
And it is something her husband knows all too well. Otherwise, why tell a group of wealthy donors — those same donors who famously listened to Romney’s now infamous comments about the 47 percent that think they’re both victims and federal dependents — that he was using his wife “sparingly right now so that people don’t get tired of her.”
Although the Republican Party has been doing all in its power to humanize Mitt Romney and make him a more likable person, having to depend on his wife to help get that message across has been a bit of hit-and-miss. She was a hit at the Republican National Convention when she gave her speech, not so much a hit when stories about her Olympic “horse dancing” made news and fake news .
Regardless, Americans might not have to worry about Ann Romney becoming First Lady in 2013 — or ever campaigning again. Romney hasn’t won a poll in the month of September, according to tracking done by Real Clear Politics . And a report from CNN shows he’s losing ground in the key battleground states where the electoral votes skirmishes are being fought. If everything falls according to those polls, seeing and hearing Ann Romney will be relegated to news specials and maybe an interview every four years when someone needs to explain the Olympic sport of dressage.