We hear a lot about the idea that Ann Romney can fill in the missing blanks with her husband who the American people largely don't like and find to be out of touch.
However, I think her "likability" as been quite overrated in view of her tv performance that aired last night. I think Mrs. Romney's "likability" is graded on a steep curve. Compared with her husband a box of rocks is likable.
"Maybe you're one of those people who thinks Mitt Romney is doing a disservice to the American people by not releasing more years of tax returns as is standard among presidential candidates. Well, you're wrong—it's the American people who are doing Mitt Romney a disservice by demanding them. After weeks of controversy over his decision not to release his tax returns, including criticism from several Republicans, Romney's wife, Ann, explained to NBC News' Natalie Morales why no more documents are coming out: you people are just so darn mean about it."
Yes, her and Mitt are the aggrieved party.
"Have you seen how we're attacked?," Ann Romney asked, hitting the table with her hand for emphasis. "Have you seen what's happened?" What has happened is that her husband is running for the most important job in the whole world so people want to know as much information as possible about him. But that is not how Ann Romney sees it. "It will just give them more ammunition," she said.
So she believes that releasing her returns will only raise more questions.
"According to many observers and commentators, Ann Romney is more likeable than her husband, and very sympathetic, having lived with multiple sclerosis, survived breast cancer, and raised five boys. (The polls reflect this.) So maybe the campaign wanted to reframe the debate over Romney's tax returns from being a story about (lack of) disclosure to being a story about the harassment of a nice lady."
My premise is that even a box of rocks is mire likable than her husband so that's low hanging fruit:
"But if you look at the stills of the interview, Ann Romney doesn't look all that sympathetic. She looks angry and points her finger while saying, "We have been very transparent to what's legally required of us, but the more we release, the more we get attacked, the more we get questioned, the more we get pushed."
What you get from her is what you get from Mitt: that "it is none of you people's business" don't you know who we are? We are American aristocracy and you're just the commoners.
Who are you to ask us questions?
"She shifting in her chair while glaring at her interviewer when Morales mentioned that some of those offshore accounts have her name on them."
She did indeed glare. Kudos to Morales for asking it. Ultimately what Mrs. Romney is saying is that we just have to take her word on her husband's "golden" word.
What she never tells us is what makes her husband special that the normal rules don't apply to him? Why is he the first candidate since the 60s not to release his tax returns?
Mitt Romney has this week added insult to injury by snidely dismissing the will of the American people-61% want him to release his tax returns and 68% of independents:
"I have to say, given the challenges America faces -- 23 million people out of work, Iran about to become nuclear, one out of six Americans in poverty -- the fascination with taxes I paid I find to be very small minded compared to the broad issues that we face," Romney said.
This sense of condescension is Mitt's snide words, the arrogance; we see this in Ann Romney's attitude as well. Husband and wife are birds of a feather.
What's small is the perspective of the Romneys. They have no idea about the lives that most Americans live. They have no idea of the worries, the pressures. Ann Romney has told us that they too know suffering: back in college they had to live off of Romney's father's trust fund.
Nobody knows the trouble I've seen. Nobody knows my sorrow!