July 20th, 2012
By Silena Parthlemon -- It is always a great asset to a Presidential campaign if the candidate has an attractive, intelligent, photogenic
spouse. And in general, Ann Romney is certainly all of those. But is seems to me an egregious disservice to Mrs. Romney herself for the campaign to send her out onto national TV to attempt to defend her husband's refusal to release his income tax returns.
Of course Ann Romney is a dedicated, loyal supporter of candidate Romney, and she has played the role at times during the campaign of attempting to
humanize the stiff, robot-like, awkward, geekish candidate, who seems, at times, incurably "tone deaf" -- and even in the times when he is trying to be "just one of the boys" -- he unavoidably comes across as a little out of place, spasmodically over -- done, and more often than not -- a little inauthentic.
But to send her out in front of a national audience to essentially present the: "But Mitt is a nice guy, you guys. Decent, giving, generous to
the church -- how could you possibly think that a nice man like that would do something wrong" defense of her husbands resolute and obstinate refusal to release all his tax returns was -- at best -- extremely ill-advised. Let's face it -- a decent woman but a woman of privilege with little national media experience or political savvy was not the top choice for a person to try to field the staccato burst questions centered around the flash-point -- and perhaps pivotal -- issue of her husband's Presidential campaign -- seems helplessly amateurish and hopelessly inept -- especially for this team 0f highly touted and presumed political pros.
The person responsible for the decision (and let's hope, for God's sake it wasn't Romney -- can't you just see Mitt sending Ann to "talk Turkey" with Putin -- because he felt somehow ill at ease to do so himself) to "feed Ann Romney to the wolves" will assuredly look back on this as a not very wise decision -- and may look back on it -- and rue the day -- as he or she contemplates the precise moment in time at which their political consultancy career began to rapidly unravel.
"You people have seen enough of Mitt and my's private stuffs", or something like that, she said. "If we give you more stuff, you know you'll just root around in it and find lots more things in there to criticize us for. And we're not going to do it. Enough is enough. So just be quiet -- and go back to your rooms. We're done here." Thanks, mom. Oh, Annie, dear!
Now that was rich!