Speaking to the Republican National Convention last night, Ann Romney exclaimed that she loved women. (Well, not that way.) I don’t think she realizes, though, that not all women are mothers. Either that or she thinks that the only women who count are the mothers.
“It’s the moms who always have to work a little harder, to make everything right,” she said.
“It’s the moms of this nation,” she added, “single, married, widowed – who really hold this country together.”
Ann Romney also seems to believe that mothers are better than everyone else. I’m talking about this line:
“I want to talk to you about that love so deep that only a mother can fathom it – the love we have for our children and our children’s children.”
So this is how you are going to win the women’s vote for Mitt?
Her comment about single men was also remarkable for its condescension and cluelessness:
“…the single dad who’s working extra hours tonight, so that his kids can buy some new clothes to go back to school, can take a school trip or play a sport, so his kids can feel like the other kids.”
To Ann Romney, the kids who don’t feel like the other kids are not the ones whose houses include elevators for the family cars, or whose dads strap the dog to the roof of the car. No, they are the ones with single dads.
This speech, we are told, “humanized” Mitt. It supposedly made him and his family seem warmer and more down-to-earth. I think it made them seem like inhabitants of another planet.