Ann Romney helped kick off the Republican National Convention last night by attempting to relate to women–the population that is Mitt Romney is trailing President Obama in the polls, 41% to 51% respectively. And while she did a good job of making us relate to her because of her struggles with Multiple Sclerosis and breast cancer, she lost us when she started talking about her struggles with paying bills.
I’m not sure if men really understand this, but I don’t think there’s a woman in America who really expects her life to be easy.
She then went on to say:
…But the last few years have been harder than they needed to be. It’s all the little things. The price at the pump you just can’t believe, the grocery bills that just get bigger. All those things that used to be free–like school sports are just one more bill to pay.
Romney continued by talking about how getting jobs and buying houses has gotten harder:
We’re too smart to know there aren’t easy answers, but we’re not dumb enough to accept that there aren’t better answers.
After taking a moment to digest that awkward sentence, it became clear that Mrs. Romney can’t relate to the average woman in America. As much as she tried to be just one of us gals, it didn’t work.
This is not the first time that her privileged background has made her seem out of touch with the average American woman. Remember when Democratic lobbyist Hilary Rosen said she “never worked a day in her life.” Not that that was cool either, but it does bring up issues about which First Lady–and President–can relate to and understand our “struggles.”
Honestly, she was much more believable and authentic when she talked about her difficulties with her health:
I read somewhere that Mitt and I have a ‘storybook marriage’ — well, in the storybooks I read, there were never long, long, rainy winter afternoons in a house with five boys screaming at once. And those storybooks never seemed to have chapters called MS or Breast Cancer.
Diagnosed with MS in 1998, Romney’s symptoms have remained relatively dormant. Although, she told NBC News that the stress of the presidential campaign has brought on at least one relapse. “Just a little bitty one,” as she described. “But it scared me.” Since then, she has limited her role of supporting her husband in the race.
Dealing with health issues, raising a family, not having it all together? Now that’s something we can relate to. Just don’t try to tell us that you understand how difficult it is at the gas pump.
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