I don’t attack Ann Romney for her role as a stay-at-home Mom. When she says something like this, as she did at a speech in Stamford, CT yesterday, I understand that being at home with her boys is a rigorous duty, and important.
“I know what’s like to finish the laundry and to look in the basket five minutes later and it’s full again. I know what’s like to pull all the groceries in and see the teenagers run through and all of a sudden all the groceries you just bought are gone,” Romney said to the crowd. “And I know what’s like to get up early in the morning and to get them off to school. And I know what’s like to get up in the middle of the night when they’re sick. And I know what’s like to struggle and to have those concerns that all mothers have.”
Again, I have no problem with the role Ann Romney chose in life. I am a stay-at-home father myself, and while we don’t have the resources the Romneys had to support my role, I still value that role enough to value Ann Romney’s decisions. But Ann made a mistake in that speech when she decided to comment on the role of parents who don’t have the financial wherewithal to make the choices she made. Sure, I said just a couple days ago that Ann Romney was not stupid, but I just might have to go back on my statement after assessing this gaffe (my bolding):
“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.”
She loves the fact that some women don’t have a choice? Sure, acknowledging that fact is important, but loving the notion? This plays into the narrative that the Romneys are out of touch with middle class America. She can’t do that if she wants to contribute to her husband’s campaign.
Still, this gaffe will not likely keep Ann Romney from her role in trying to sway women to support the Mittster, but any more gaffes like this will be damaging. I expect there will be more gaffes, but we shall see.