So. Let me ask you if you would be embarrassed and if you think the Right would be outraged if Michelle Obama said, “Our dog has more style and class in its paw than Republicans do in their whole deal.”
Is this the way you’d like your First Lady to speak of the opposition party? It’s contemptuous of half of the country, and if Michelle Obama compared Republicans unfavorably to the family dog (cute as Bo is), we wouldn’t adore her as we do. It’s just unbecoming, ungracious, and really mean-girl ugly.
Here’s what we’re told by a Romney champion and mega donor that Ann Romney allegedly said about Democrats:
“My horse has more style and more class in its hoof than they (Democrats) do in their whole deal.”
The full quote is:
Both sisters wear gold Eagle pins on their lapels, identifying them as Romney mega-donors, and a stack of VIP credentials around their necks. At the convention, they could be seen bickering outside exclusive donor powwows (“Don’t be upset,” Georgette pleaded with Lyn outside a brunch organized by billionaire Paul Singer. “It was an honest mistake.”) or giddily relaying how Ann Romney, for whom Georgette has served on the host committee for several fundraisers in New York, privately reacted to Democratic attacks on her dressage-competing mare. (“My horse has more style and more class in its hoof than they do in their whole deal,” Lyn recounts.)
It’s unclear if she means all Democrats, but she doesn’t exclude any. Class is defined informally as “of high quality, integrity, status, or style.” Is Ann saying Democrats have no quality, integrity, status or style?
We’d like to know if this is really how Ann feels. Did she say this, or are her friends Lyn Paulsin and Georgette Mosbacher telling fibs? The sisters, by the way, are Romney mega donors who were at the RNC this year as they have been for the last 7 years. Lyn, who retold the Ann quote, also dated Rush Limbaugh. These are not partisan hacks retelling a gotcha story about Ann Romney. Rather, it appears to be yet another crack in the glass ceiling between the haves and the have nots. I’m sure they figured everyone feels like they do, so what’s the harm in sharing Ann’s delicious, if unbecoming (but who cares), take down of Democrats.
The background here is that the Democratic National Committee promised not to use Ann Romney’s horse in their attacks anymore, because she claimed the Olympic dressage horse was helping her with her MS and therefor should be immune to criticism. As usual, the Democrats fell for that and complied, earning nothing but scorn from herself.
The Democratic National Committee used Ann Romney’s dressage horse, Rafalca, in a Web ad over the summer, but quickly pledged to no longer “invoke the horse” out of desire to not offend her.
No one asked Mrs. Romney if her horse is therapy, what does she tell other Americans with MS who can’t afford to send a dressage horse to the Olympics? Oh, no, they just backed away lest Ann Romney take umbrage again. No matter – she still hates them. You can’t appease the mean girl. If she hates you and thinks you’re worthless, well it doesn’t matter how many times you do her homework – she’s still going to make fun of you in the hallway.
If Michelle Obama said Republicans didn’t have the class Bo had in his paw, would Americans be offended? If so, what makes it alright for Ann Romney to disparage half of the country and does she really feel this way? Does she really think that all Democrats have no class or style?
That sounds about Romney, mimicking as it does her husband’s sentiments about “Obama voters” being victims and writing off 47% of the country as takers. What’s with all of the hate, Romneys? If it didn’t sound so much like the Ann we’ve come to know (and indeed, the Ann we heard last night), we’d be a bit more hesitant.
Mrs. Romney should clear this up, because the article leaves voters thinking that she disparaged all Democrats as having no class or style. She either said it and means it or she didn’t say it and her friends mischaracterized her statements to the Washington Post, in which case a renouncement of this comment is due to the voters.
And someone might want to explain to the Romneys that what they say matters and they will be held accountable for it. That is, after all, part of the job of President and First Lady. Language and diplomacy (or lack thereof) matter. Both Mitt and Ann have shown little to no comprehension of the age they are campaigning in, let alone the ability to stifle their meaner impulses for their public image.