Bigot of the Week Award: April 27, Ann Romney

27 Apr

Bigot of the Week

Proving that one hypocritical, out-of-touch, flip-flopper of a spouse deserves another, professional candidate wife Ann Romney joins her twice-BWA husband in the seat of dishonor. Ever since Mittmatic punted anything having to do with woman stuff to his wife as “the expert on that” she’s been flirting with supreme bigothood. This week she easily tipped the scales.

Appearing at the Prescott Bush Awards Dinner in Connecticut, Stepford Romney went on at length about how she’s a housewife just like so many other women and how much she can relate to that hard work. Proving that class warfare disconnects are part of the marital bond, she then said

I love the fact that there are women out there who don’t have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids. Thank goodness that we value those people too. And sometimes life isn’t easy for any of us.

Really?!? She loves the fact that there are people who have no choices in their lives? Even though staying at home and eking out a meager living on her millionaire husband’s stock portfolio was her single most important decision? Given the second half of the quote and its context in her larger speech, it might be tempting to give her credit for a simple gaffe. Her recent history of hypocrisy and attack language, however, makes it clear that the statement was far more Freudian than slip.

Two weeks ago, Romney had a dustup with journalist Hilary Rosen, who questioned her right to discuss the challenges faced by women who work outside the home because she “never worked a day in her life.” Cue the outrage. Ann Romney, who has frequently referred to her decision “not to work,” suddenly was a furious stay-at-home mom, reminding us that such a high calling is also hard work and deserves respect. Even though she has also supported her husband’s position that women with children must work outside the home to have the “dignity of work” and avoid raising “indolent” children. Fetch my smelling salts! All this spinning is making me dizzy.

Talk about profound white heterosexual privilege!  Romney’s money certainly has allowed her not to even think about disparities for women, women of color, sexual orientation, gender identity and all the other intersections of oppression that take away many of the lovely choices she has exercised.  It’s really pretty clear what oppressed, hard-working mom Ann Romney is saying: if you’re wealthy enough to really have choices, you should be congratulated for making them. But if you’re part of that pesky 99%, you should just play the hand you’re dealt and quit whining. And she knows, too, because she’s channelling Chaka Khan: she’s every woman.


9 Responses to “Bigot of the Week Award: April 27, Ann Romney”

  1. Didion April 27, 2012 at 8:40 am #

    Too right. Kudos, Michael.

  2. Nicole O April 27, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    I’d say Ann & Mitt need better coaches on how not to screw up every time they open their mouths but A) I don’t think they’re coachable and B) I have to hope that they more they say idiotic things like this, the better the better the chances of not having Mitt as president will be.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 27, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

      I love your comment. I fear they are so out of touch with what Americans look like and have to endure. Yes, let us hope their consistent lies to the public ensure his failure for the bid for President. Thanks for the comment.

  3. nevercontrary April 27, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    She sounds so familiar. Oh wait I work with those women. Everyday. Everyday. Did I mention everyday.

  4. Jay April 27, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    This is a good selection for the BWA, Michael. Although I’m ordinarily wary of targeting candidates’ spouses–I prefer to focus on the candidates themselves and their record, policies and statements as they pertain to the major issues–the fact remains that Ann Romney is deeply involved in her husband’s campaign, and even became a sort of proxy-martyr for all stay-at-home-Moms subsequent to Rosen’s gaffe.

    But my favorite part of this article must be the revelation that not only are there such things as the “Prescott Bush Awards”, but that there is a Prescott Bush Awards DINNER. While the catering at this event is probably excellent, I am nevertheless hard-pressed to think of an award, or a meal, that would be more likely to give me indigestion.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 28, 2012 at 8:24 am #

      Jay, I have to confess it is difficult not to spit up a little when even talking about the Prescott Bush Awards.


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