Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Dear Mrs. Romney, Your Blues Ain't Like Mine...


I could really only stomach ReThug Nation Convention for moments at a time. I just think when your entire campaign is about how much you hate the other guy, you've already lost credibility. As we head into Day 2 of the RNC, only Ann Romney seems to remember that folks are struggling for life and livelihood along the Gulf Coast. The apathetic callous disregard for regular folks continues.

And speaking of Ann... I've heard equal parts praise and condemnation of her heartfelt speechifying. From what I saw/heard/read/observed, she seems nice enough although clearly clueless and insulated from the reality in which most of us live. This is no political animal. She's no Hillary and she's no Michelle. If the best reason you can give me for voting for your husband is that he brought you home safe from the sock hop (where was it being held, Riker's Island?!) then I got nothing for you.

There was an opportunity here. I (and many others) have been saying for weeks that we just don't understand what the Republican message is. Ann had an opportunity to Sesame Street it out for us. Instead she wanted to let us know that her man is a swell husband and darn good provider. She loves her some Mitt.

Awesome, what's in that for me?

Ann's battle with MS would have been a great platform to explain what kind of healthcare plan Mitt foresees for the future of America. What is he going to do for people like me who came out of pocket to the tune of $22,000 in one year for healthcare? What about those who had to do without? What about job creation? Economic stimulus? Border security? Education? Senior care? Restructuring the NCAA BCS playoff system? I mean, throw us a bone Ann. Give me something so that I can find some commonality betwixt Team Romney and 90% of the nation? 

As she stood there in her silk-suited, blond-haired, Botoxed glory; I shook my head. Bless her entitled heart. She doesn't get it. She shared some story about her and Mitt eating tuna fish in a basement apartment but um ur - you both came from families of means. If you are walking a tightrope that is only one foot off the ground with a safety net, restraints and a paramedic on standby - that's not struggle. Look, I don't need an "up from the streetz" story to get behind you, but I need you to say something that resonates. Hell, I didn't come from struggle. I'm not looking for an up-by-the-bootstraps story, I'm looking to see what you did with the boot once it was on your foot.

If her job was to keep Mitt from looking like Richie Rich sitting on stacks while the rest of us are trying to making a dollar out of fifteen cents - she failed miserably. If her job was to tell us how awesome being in love with a rich successful man who loves you back is, she wins. 

But is that all you got? Alright then. I believe Mitt would make a great President... of the neighborhood association of whatever gated community they live in. And that's where he and his lovely wife Ann should stay.

Thoughts, comments, insights...
p.s. Did anyone else see Christie do a complete end around Mitt and post his bid for 2016? Whew!
p.p.s. How awesome is the DNC going to be when Michelle, Cory, Joe, Diamond Bill and Obeezy get to wig-snatchin'?

38 comments:

Kimberly Thomas said...

I love it!!  I too was listening to their CNN story while on what seemed to be a 10,000 mile drive btwn Toledo and Long Island and got nothing from her.  I'm sorry about her MS as my older sis was recently diagnosed with it, but i came away with nothing for this FLOTUS wannabe.  Let's home she stays on this track.  I need 4 more years of Michelle Obama. 

Ms. Smart said...

"Restructuring the NCAA BCS playoff system?"

Right!!!

All I have for Mrs. Romney is a smile and a well timed, "Bless your heart."

Think P. Smart said...

 "Restructuring the NCAA BCS playoff system?"

Right!!!

All I have for Mrs. Romney is a smile and a well timed, "Bless your heart."

Reads4Pleasure said...

I didn't watch, but I read about the speech in the press & on Twitter.  I've seen Miss Ann's attempts to humanize Mitt in interviews.  Buying shirts at Costco is supposed to give them an in with the middle class?  I guess.  Anywho, given that the Republican platform is built on lies and deception, I don't expect anything believable or humane to come from the mouths of anyone that speaks during the convention.  As Slim Charles would say, "if it's a lie, then we fight on that lie."
http://youtu.be/oHol7WW2A8g

Javalicious said...

Her whole "Mitt got me home safe so he'll bring America home too" platform was a little insulting I thought.
Bless her heart.

Jubi The Great said...

I won't be watching a minute of the RNC but Twitter & the blogs (especially the Atlantic, love it) have given me a good analysis of what's been going on. That's about as much as I can stomach. Anyway, Mitt has pretended to be so many things in the 6 years that he's been trying to get the nomination, so this must be the "pretend I'm one of the regular ppl" portion of his campaign. I doubt it will resonate tho.

TrulyPC said...

I just couldn't make myself watch but I did read about it.  

CaliGirlED said...

I can barely stomach politics and definitely will not subject myself to the RNC. I got a pretty good glimpse of it all, which is MORE than enough for me, from twitter and facebook. Same ol' BS with a different storyline. I'm good.

Chele they can't Sesame Street a Nightmare On Elm Street. And if Rom Rom gets in on Pennsylvania Ave, Elm Street is where WE will be living and he will be killing us even in our dreams!

Mo said...

I did not  watch  last night RNC speeches ( recently lost my job & the  1st thing  to get cut was cable), but read recap of the speeches  on WaPo. Personally, all of  last night speakers failed to provide substantive reason to vote Romney.  I agree with you,  Gov Christie is setting his blue print for 2016, he talked more about NJ than  Romney.

NV  Gov. Brian Sandoval gets a stern side  eye.

thinklikeRiley said...

Were you really expecting more?
I didn't and they didn't disappoint.
Same ol' boolshyt, different year.

Angel on a Quest said...

The whole purpose of Miss Ann's speech was to push  personality over policy, as Mittens is losing on both counts, and the GOP wants to avoid putting any more of a spotlight on their policies, as they know if folks really understood them, the GOP wouldn't stand a chance.

On a personal note, Ann Romney knows nothing of what it's like to live with MS in a society that is only beginning to consider the place of accessible housing for those who are not seniors, and that's only because of the number of wounded veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan.  She knows nothing of what it's like to forgo medications because you cannot afford them, while trying to provide for your family, and facing enormous bills for medical procedures for which your insurance company does not want to pay.  She knows nothing of having to get up and go to work, fighting muscle spasms and fatigue, because she has to support her children and her parents/grandparents.  In short, she knows nothing to which I can relate.

That said, if you have to go back to high school for a memory to demonstrate your husband's relatability, he's not exactly winning any personality or popularity contests...I'm just saying...

Roz B said...

Christie put his big sandwich down long enough to say "I am great. I make things happen. Blah blah blah...15 min. later...oh yeah. Vote for Mitt Romney." Somebody bring me a damn Diet Coke."

As for Mrs. Romney, don't downplay your wealth to patronize the everyday person. It dies not sound authentic at all. If you wanna talk about lean times and how you ate tuna from the can, somebody can easily top you with stories of having to spread that one can to an entire family for the only meal that day. If you can't really reveal who you are then you should not be trying to lead the country.

Roz B said...

Say it twice, Cali!

GuessImJay said...

Only took a few minutes to figure out that I'm not their target audience.

FullBloom said...

 I watched as much as I could stand including Ann’s speech and some by Christie.  Someone from Mitt’s camp should have checked Christie's speech.  From what I saw the speech was all about him and not Mitt. You’re right that Ann seems nice, but still clueless.  She couldn’t talk about a healthcare plan, jobs, etc., because Mitt has no plans.  His strategy is to lie to and scare his base into voting for him because they really don’t like him either.  They hate the President, but disliking Mitt is sadly the better choice in their minds. 
I watched as much as I could stand including Ann’s speech and some by Christie.  Someone from Mitt’s camp should have checked Christie's speech.  From what I saw the speech was all about him and not Mitt.
You’re right that Ann seems nice, but still clueless.  She couldn’t talk about a healthcare plan, jobs, etc., because Mitt has no plans.  His strategy is to lie to and scare his base into voting for him because they really don’t like him either.  They hate the President, but disliking Mitt is sadly the better choice in their minds. 

ShaiUnfiltered said...

Extra points for you for the Slim Charles/The Wire reference...

EvolvingElle said...

Despite my wanting to turn the channel, I watched the whole thing...well when I started watching at 10:00.  The thing that killed me the most about 96% of the speeches (including Mia Love's that I watched on YouTube) is that everyone talked about taking "our country" back, but in the next breath say their the children or grandchildren of immigrants. (Say what now???)  Color me confused.

Mrs. Romney seems like a lovely woman that I would have mint juleps with when we both visit SC.  But I'm not convinced her husband would do an awesome job running this country.   

Gov. Christie definitely put his name in the hat for 2016.  As Rachel Maddow pointed out last night, in his 2600 word speech, he didn't say the words "Mitt Romney" until around word 1800...

blackprofessor said...

I didn't watch and haven't been watching the RNC.  I deal with enough tom foolery at the hands of our pale-skinned brothers and sisters.  I have zero tolerance for more foolishness on TV. 

DCbywayofCali said...

I watched the whole thing and love it!

1) I wanna know what happened on that first car ride home from the "high school dance." It sureeeeeee sounds memorable. When was that first of five boys born?

2) Gov Christie gave Mitt an eff yo couch I'm running in 2016 speech. After watching Ann make paint dry slower than usual that was great. 

3) Huckabee, I defend Todd Akin, is tonight. Oh boy I need to buy popcorn.

CaliGirlED said...

 All of this!!!

David Chase said...

I keep hearing MJ singing "All I wanna say is that they don't really about us" playing in my head.
#HappyBirthdayMJ #RIP

Ricki W. said...

Ann claimed they used a fold down ironing board as a dining room table.  I wonder if she used an iron to make a grilled cheese.  If not, she knows nothing about struggle.  

Ann having MS is awful and all, but I have a hard time feeling bad for someone who has access to the best care possible.  Majority of us don't, even when we're employed.

Leon X said...

Shout out to everyone that watched. I tried watching John Boehner. Two minutes in and I was cursing the TV then changing the channel.

CaliGirlED said...

 Yeah I have enough going on without cursing out mofo's that can't hear me, and furthermore don't give a hot damn about how I feel!

Whitney said...

Yeah checking that out tonight myself...

Nandiewe said...

I didn't watch. Listening to republicans works my last nerve and makes me shake like an addict experiencing withdrawals. Watching them at their 'gathering' would result in my suffering an aneurysm or something from screaming too much. For my sanity, I refused to watch or listen to any of the venom they like to spew!  I am so over their posturing and completely over their Pharisee mentalities.

Duchess K said...

I work late so Im not able to watch the tomfoolery that is their convention. Twitter kept me informed and confirmed what I already knew. Our kind is not welcomed and the attempt to re-write who built America. They were so disrespectful to Puerto Rico.  SMH

CaliGirlED said...

 Not the Pharisees!!! *cries in laughter*

Leo the Yardie Chick said...

Didn't watch, but saw some responses on Twitter that can be categorised as,"Are These Ninjas SERIOUS?!". Wow, Decision 2012 is shaping up to be one helluva circus.

EvolvingElle said...

Uh, if I may comment again...

I find it slightly bemusing (and somewhat sad) that when all types of rachetness occurs in BougieLand, we can barely keep up with the comments.  But when Chele puts something up that affects ALL of us, you're hard pressed to get some commentary.  Maybe we'll come out in droves next week when the POTUS and team are on the main stage... (Kanye shrugs and goes back to work)

CaliGirlED said...

 *snickers*

aishao1122 said...

Shade thrown...people loves the drama, no one wants the real world to intrude, but umm it's only so many days before we either end up losing big time (women) or we get back in the trenches with Obama. I got my shovel how 'bout you??

Eshe said...

I've been calling the Republicans "modern day Pharisees" for YEARS. You're the only person besides myself that I've seen/heard make the connection and use the term. Also, in the last year, I've started calling them the "Christian Taliban". If it walks like a duck...

Eshe said...

Was the mint juleps comment tongue-in-cheek? I didn't know anybody still drank those, LOL. Did you live in the Low Country of SC? I'm in the Upstate, and we don't drink mint juleps here (frou-frou Southern-themed restaurants notwithstanding).

Eshe said...

It's been a kind of rough week, and watching the RNC would have just twerked my last remaining halfway good nerve. I ignored it. 

motown_skater said...

can't sit through the lies so i'm using twitter to stay up to date. although i'm sure the repubs would say the same about those who will vote for obama, i think it is really sad to see all those people drinking the kool-aid. unless i've missed it they have yet to clearly state the direction in which they will take the country / cure all they see is wrong. all i seem to hear is obama bashing. so with that i say to the repubs, put the cup down and get some water it may not be to late to clean your system and switch sides. i really don't think those who see only color, black president, really understand the damage mittens can and will do to this country if by some freak chance (election stolen with bogus voting laws) he gets in.

EvolvingElle said...

Very true.

I've known for a while who was getting my vote, but I decided to tune in to the RNC Convention to see if I was missing something in their message and to see what it is that makes people believe what they're selling.  I was reading some story yesterday, and one of the commenters said it perfectly. This is not the Republican Party from 20, 30 years  ago.  They've allowed the Tea Party to come in and give it a completely new look and go too far right.  That's why that person is voting for President Obama.

Cyn said...

In the first few minutes my blood pressure had risen and I was fussing at my TV.  I had to turn to that mess off.  Been reading about it though.  They are running on the platform of "anybody but that negro Obama" and not saying much of anything else. I still don't know what direction they plan to take this country in besides South (back to slavery) or what they will do to make the nation and my life any better.   It makes my head hurt and makes me very terrified for election day.

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