“America is not better off than it was $1.8 trillion dollars ago” – Mitt Romney
I’m no Mitt Romney fan. I think this much has been clear. But that quote is pretty good from a political standpoint.
What’s not good, politically speaking, is the soundbite that DNC adviser Hilary Rosen unleashed the other day. In a confusing attempt to score political points at the expense of Ann Romney, Mitt’s wife, Rosen said: “Guess what, his wife has actually never worked a day in her life.” Oh my. (story here.)
Trained political operatives ought to know better. First, you don’t attack the spouse – especially the wife (Scott Palin perhaps can take a bit more of a barb). The candidate’s spouse is allowed to stay sympathetic in all circumstances and at all times.They’re not running for office. Attacking them makes you look mean.
Second, it is dumb, dumb, dumb to go after a stay-at-home mother of five. She never worked a day in her life? Ann Romney responded via Twitter with this: “I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.”
Now, I imagine that she probably had staff as the Romneys were rather wealthy for just about all of their lives. America knows that though. If you want to take a swipe at their wealth then do so, and let the voters fill in the gaps in their own mind. But to go after a stay-at-home mom and say she never worked a day in her life. Boy that’s dumb.
No, I still won’t be voting for Romney. I’m not saying I won’t consider it – the campaign is long and he has plenty of “etch-a-sketch” time to change positions on the issues that are important. But as of now, no, I won’t be voting for Romney. My point is simply that Obama and the Democrats don’t really need to win this campaign, they can play keep away until election day and probably win (unless gas hits $5). Shutting up would be a good place to start.
If you do feel the need to take a swipe, try to make it polite and back-handed. Try this: “I have a lot of respect for Ann Romney, she’s had to put up with Mitt for all these years.” See, everybody laughs, you take a shot at the candidate, you don’t insult (that much) the spouse, and you move on. This really isn’t that hard.