Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Romney's Campaign Built Around Something Obama Never Said

It's good for Romney that Obama uttered the words "build" "we" "that" and "didn't." Because if he hadn't, Mitt wouldn't have a campaign. I mentioned this last night on Twitter as I watched Ann Romney enchant republicans as she tried to humanize herself.
It has not escaped attention that Mitt Romney has built his entire campaign on, well, lies.

Anybody tuning in to the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night heard and saw “you didn’t build that” roughly fourteen gajillion times. The RNC’s stated theme of Day One was “We Built That.” Country singer Lane Turner unveiled his new protest song, “I Build That.” New conservative star Mia Love: "This is the America we know, because we built it!" Ann Romney proclaimed that her husband "was not handed success. He built it!"

On television, Romney’s main campaign theme is that President Obama has ended the work requirement in the 1996 welfare law and is instead sending out checks. In his speeches, and during the convention, the message is that President Obama has lectured small business owners that they didn’t build their own business. Swing-state denizens just tuning in to the campaign probably think the election is primarily a referendum on welfare reform.

Both charges are utter fabrications. It is true that in both cases, Obama was doing something objectionable to conservatives. NY Mag
More fun with Mitt. Juan Williams got in a heap of trouble with conservatives last night because he said Ann looked like a "corporate wife," a wife who has a husband that tends to her. It's true. Ann hasn't had a day job in the working world. Like many women in the Mormon faith, she takes on the traditional role of taking care of the brood and the home. That doesn't mean she's less equal. Mormons, to their credit, hold roles as homemaker and breadwinner as equal.

But Ann hasn't known what life is like for most people and even though she says she loves women, I still don't believe that she understands. I especially loved the part where she tried to relate, saying she and Mitt lived in a basement apartment and ate tunafish and pasta. Maybe if she said ramen. I was baffled when she said Mitt doesn't like to brag and that we can trust Mitt. Both are untrue. He's always bragging about being "successful" and hasn't been forthcoming about his taxes and he's lied about so many things. Neither of the Romneys has a scrap of humility.

Hey! Ann Romney's favorite show, so she says, is Modern Family. Ha! To which co-creator Steve Levitan replied on Twitter:
Thrilled Ann Romney says ModFam is her favorite show. We'll offer her the role of officiant at Mitch & Cam's wedding. As soon as it's legal.