“Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring.” Yes, Mrs. Romney, this is hard. I'm sure it is much harder than you expected it to be.
Likely you thought you wouldn't have to work too hard in the actual
campaigning stuff. Mitt Romney has avoided rallies and public
appearances like the plague. Instead he has focused on fund raising and hoping carefully crafted ads will fill the void.
You probably expected your wealth and the wealth of your influential friends
to smooth the path to the White House, as it always has. Money oils the
gears of success in business, it should work in politics too.
You counted on millions of dollars from corporate and special interest
donors, hidden from view thanks to the Supreme Court, to flood the
airwaves with negative and misleading ads. It worked in the primary, right?
You were assured that new voter suppression laws, which have sprung up in many swing and southern states, would shave enough votes to secure victory in a close election.
Your campaign repeated proven lies, campaigned on them and raised money
on them. Explaining this strategy, Romney campaign pollster Neil
Newhouse stated, "We're not going let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers." Who knew regular Americans cared about facts?
You didn't expect people to ask so many personal questions, like wanting to see your tax returns. Don't you know that asking about someone's finances is considered impolite among the upper class?
You didn't prepare any details for your plans
since you expected to prevail simply because you are not Barack Obama.
Your obviously superior business experience is all the country needs to
Truly, this has been a hard summer for the Romneys. It is painful and humbling to hear people say terrible things about you. It's worse when they are using your own words.
If you would like to see a good example of how to bear up under the
onslaught of negativity and lies, perhaps you should look to the Obamas. They have been attacked and vilified in ways I have not seen in my
lifetime. They have held their heads high through lies, racism,
obstructionism and open hatred by the opposing party.
I have seen pictures of my President portrayed as a monkey, with a bone
in his nose, with watermelons growing on the White House lawn and,
memorably, the President as a pimp and the First Lady as a prostitute.
He has been called 'terrorist' and 'un-American'. He was forced to 'show
his papers' to quell the crazies the Romney's are courting.
How the Obama family has maintained their dignity under such
unrelenting attacks is nothing short of inspirational. Perhaps Mrs.
Romney can learn something from them too. Remember, 'class' is defined
not by financial status, but by ,"Grace under pressure," which our First
Family has personified.
First Published on Technorati as "Life is Hard for Ann Romney"