published Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Ann Romney stole the show

Of all things to be expected at a national political convention, with its balloons and confetti, its pep-rally chants and general hullabaloo, the last thing to surface in such a surreal sea of glitz and glitter might be a glimpse of reality.

Sighting reality in those parts would be as surprising as seeing how folks really live in those ports of call where the cruise ship is just putting in for a day. From a national convention's opening gavel to its concluding prayer, the tendency and temptation is to give politics precedent. No need to go into detail about anything else, including the hard choices — and sacrifices — that real government, and real life, may have to face.

That's why it was remarkable that the lady who stole the show at last week's Republican National Convention was no professional, no politician, and, though she talked politics in her way, she remained a lady throughout. An all-too-rare accomplishment in these times.

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The lady is named Romney, but her effect was quite different from that of the male of the species. When she spoke, there was no razzmatazz, no hoopla and hyperbole, no outline of talking points clearly visible behind her text.

Instead, something else happened. Everything in the great hall, and in many living rooms throughout the nation, grew quiet. As when one of the guests at a ladies' tea, amidst the small talk, mentions the big things, and the small things that in the end loom big. Like love when it's more than a word. Like cancer when it's no longer a possibility but an actuality. Like "in sickness and in health" when it's no longer a ceremonial phrase on a happy occasion but day-to-day reality. There comes a time when the sugar frosting on the wedding cake turns into something else: dirty diapers soaking in the tub, or the family provider's having to start a new business against all odds. Or a wife out on the road somewhere when she was due home hours ago . . . and the mind races with fear and worry. When she finally walks through the door, the rush of sheer gratitude at the sight of her, living and breathing and safe, is as great as the anger felt only a moment before.

Welcome to marriage, the real thing. How to describe it? Ann Romney did. "I read somewhere that Mitt and I have a 'storybook marriage,' " Mrs. Romney said. "Well, let me tell you something: In the storybooks I read, there were never long, long, rainy winter afternoons in a house with five boys screaming at once. And those storybooks never seemed to have chapters called MS or Breast Cancer. A storybook marriage? No, not at all. What Mitt Romney and I have is a real marriage."

Anybody within the sound of Ann Romney's voice, and they must have numbered in the millions last Tuesday, anybody who's married or was married or has known what's called a good marriage but that includes the good times and bad, the joy and sorrow, the sickness and health, the for-better-or-worse, had to know what Ann Romney was talking about. You could feel it sinking in. And not just in a convention hall.

Only years afterward might the hard-working mainstay of the family be told, "You didn't build that!" Or the wife and mother, the center of the home and rock of her family, be described as never having worked a day in her life. For talk is cheap, and that kind of talk is cheaper than most.

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The choices we all make, not just in politics but in life, don't come with any guarantees. They come with consequences. That little detail may get lost in the quadrennial political scramble, when certain truths are brushed over, or even omitted entirely as politics, not to say reality, gets the Photoshop treatment. That's when we're told we can balance the budget by taxing somebody else (usually only hazily identified as "The Rich," meaning anybody whose income-tax bracket is at least one rung above ours), or that we can spend our way out of debt, or that we really don't have to make any choices at all, but can have it all — all the time.

Ann Romney knows better. She's learned it through experience. And now the country may know her, and ourselves, a little better. And respect her, and ourselves, a little better.

Whether the next president of the United States is named Romney or not, winning an election is not the most important part of this whole, elaborate process and tradition and overwhelming circus and education called an American presidential election. The most important, the most lasting, part of this whole proceeding is those moments when the political discourse is lifted above the political.

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rolando said...

[Rousing round of standing applause.] For the Lady and the Editor.

September 3, 2012 at 9:27 a.m.
aae1049 said...

Ann Romney is his greatest asset.

September 3, 2012 at 9:44 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Ann Romney gave a very eloquent and moving speech, there is no doubt about it. She deserves all of the praise heaped upon her. Most libs as well as conservatives are in agreement on that. I have little doubt that Michelle Obama will give every bit as moving and eloquent a speech in her own way. I'll be curious to see if the Obama haters treat her with as much respect and unbiased regard as Mrs. Romney has been shown. I seriously doubt it, at least not from the usual commenters on here, who obviously hate her beyond all bounds of reason.

September 3, 2012 at 12:39 p.m.
joneses said...

John Kerry is more of a corporate wife than Ann Romney.

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/3387_365278246882800_184122303_n.jpg

September 3, 2012 at 12:41 p.m.
joneses said...

rickeroo

Considering Michelle Obama was never proud of America until Hussein Obama and her started occupying the white House and Ann Romney has always been proud of America I would agree with you. Michelle Obama deserves the same respect she has shown America, none.

September 3, 2012 at 12:43 p.m.
joneses said...

Rickeroo,

The left is very respectful of Ann Romney. If you believe this then you need to lay off the Kool Aid.

On Wednesday, liberals on Twitter called for the death of Ann Romney, the wife of GOP nominee Mitt Romney, Twitchy reported. As of this writing, the so-called "mainstream media" has refused to report on the hateful threats issued on the social media site.

"I want to murder Ann Romney right now," tweeted "Gregory Martinez."

Some called for Mrs. Romney to commit suicide.

"Why does Ann Romney act like an average mom? Bh kill yourself, you had maids taken care of your f**g kids," another person said.

"Ann Romney Need To Kill Her Husband Then Kill Herself (sic)," said another.

"Ann Romney needs to die," tweeted Quinn McGregor.

Twitchy added that other Republican women were targeted with hateful, misogynistic tweets.

Liberals went after Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and Senator Kelly Ayotte with some of the most vile language imaginable.

"The Left’s For The Women card expired long ago. It needs to be confiscated and cut up into little pieces now," the Twitchy staff added.

"War on women? It’s real. But it comes from the Left. A woman dares to refuse to walk in woman-hating Democrat lockstep? She must be attacked, punitively shamed and have her very gender taken away from her. Because, shut up. How dare she have a mind of her own? Now, she deserves to die for believing in conservative principles and freedom. It is weaponized misogyny, literally," Twitchy said.

Ironically, Democrats and their media allies continue to push the lie that Republicans are engaged in a "war on women."

September 3, 2012 at 12:55 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

To clarify:

I agreed with very little of what Ann Romney said. She and her hubby can't even begin to relate to the common struggles that most people go through because they have always had a cushy safety net to fall back on. Whether Romney received an actual inheritance early on or not, he never had to work a day of his entire college life. He and his wife had a HOUSE given to them when he was in law school! Yes, he studied hard and applied himself, and I do not begrudge him the advantages that he had, but that is what they were - ADVANTAGES that most college students never even come close to having.

For Mrs. Romney to pretend that she and Mittens had it "tough" is a crock of sh#t, but I give her credit for making a good speech.

September 3, 2012 at 1:37 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Joneses, as for your comment about Michelle Obama, I'm not going to waste time responding to your inanities. You take everything out of context anyway; you interpret things through your right-wing-nut-job filter and twist it so that you can feed the flames of your hate. You probably have your own invisible chairs of Barack and Michelle at your home that you talk to. Or curse at, most likely.

September 3, 2012 at 1:53 p.m.
Easy123 said...

I think Joneses gets hourly e-mails from the Right-wing Propaganda machine and then posts them here. It's endless propaganda with Joneses.

September 3, 2012 at 2:02 p.m.
rolando said...

And yet...and YET...Joneses is correct so often it drives the Progressives here totally bats&&t.

Keep on keepin' on, Joneses. Bubble-butt Me-e-eshell never had a day in her life when she was proud of America...until she got her rib-eatin' backside in the White House.

September 3, 2012 at 3:01 p.m.
rolando said...

A bit off-topic, but isn't this an absolutely great article -- right here in our own TFP.

Or this one: The laughs just keep on rollin' in...

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/03/dems-bring-in-crowds-by-busload-to-fill-stadium-for-obama-speech/

September 3, 2012 at 3:05 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Admittedly, joneses - and you, rolando - can drive anyone batsh#t. Not for speaking the truth, but for speaking such batsh#t nonsense. It's difficult and downright maddening to try to live in a world of reason and logic when wing nuts like you live in your parallel universes and attempt to inject your own made-up "realities" into the discussion.

September 3, 2012 at 3:39 p.m.
joneses said...

Rolando

I enjoyed that link and it is par for the course for the liberal propaganda machine. Remember when Hussein Obama went to Germany and made a speech at a sold out crown at a rock concert? Hussein Obama's liberal propaganda machine reported that all those in attendance were their to see Hussein Obama. The truth came out that it was a big lie perpetuated by Hussein Obama and his cronies in the press. I am amazed that the weak minded followers of this fool that occupies the White House falls for this crap. Rickeroo is one of them who cannot stand the truth and views the truth as a major inconvenience to his ego. He is to ashamed to admit he supports the most dishonest failure of a person that has ever occupied the White House. Rickeroo would not know the truth if it bit him in the ass.

September 3, 2012 at 3:48 p.m.
aae1049 said...

Rickaroo cannot have dialogue without resorting to name calling. Here we go, "wing nuts" "batsh#t nonsense" " right-wing-nut-job filter.

Absurd and childish language used against conservative posters respecting Ann Romney's speech.

September 3, 2012 at 4:09 p.m.
rolando said...

Well, I'm at fault for using "bats&&t" to start with this time. Sorry. I am trying to wean myself of the habit. It is difficult at times.

But there IS a tendency for those on the left to attack and call posters names when they cannot refute an argument. It seems to be their forte. [I have got to re-learn all those Bulletin Board commands so I can use bold and italics again.]

September 3, 2012 at 4:36 p.m.
EaTn said...

I would have been the first poster this morning on this topic by saying that if Ann Romney gets the first lady job, the first thing to go at the White House will be Michelle's vegetable garden and being replaced with a rose garden. I decided that would not have been a gentleman thing to say so I deleted the post. Little did I know that would have been one of the milder comments on this topic.

September 3, 2012 at 4:57 p.m.
aae1049 said...

Left is very angry and bitter, Clay Bennett threads are characteristic of the absurd childish language that dominates the liberal crowd, "wingers" "neo" "teabaggers" No wonder the AARP crowd still has a basement full of college grads.

September 3, 2012 at 6:42 p.m.
acerigger said...

"twitchy" is like the left version of "stormfront" so don't get too excited about those basement dwellers.

let's wait and compare comments after Mrs.Obama's speech,ok?

btw,jon,what the hell is a " Soviet style nirvana "? you don't know much about world affairs do you?

September 3, 2012 at 6:53 p.m.
Easy123 said...

JonRoss,

No, you don't. Try again.

September 3, 2012 at 7:54 p.m.
aae1049 said...

heheh, cannot stop laughing JohnRoss, "Assange."

September 3, 2012 at 8:11 p.m.
acerigger said...

yeah,yeah jon,got an answer? what the hell is a " Soviet style nirvana "?

September 3, 2012 at 10:59 p.m.
hotdiggity said...

Darn, and here I thought that Clint Eastwood stole the show at the convention. His "speech" made my day, LOL.

September 4, 2012 at 9:25 a.m.
timbo said...

More female butt kissing. When do you think women we'll finally get tired of being treated like children? Do they really need all this false praise? Is their self-esteem that low? Both parties are equally guilty of this blatant pandering.

An analogy is when an average woman is sitting at a bar. Two different men are hitting on her. One is Danny Democrat and the other Ricky Republican. Both try different ways by false praise and empty complements to get her to go home with them. As I sit there listening, I think to myself there is no way that this woman will fall for either one of their pitches. There Is no way, she can't be that weak or stupid. In the end, she goes home with one of them anyway. I think it's the one that offered free condoms. Go figure?

September 4, 2012 at 12:05 p.m.
tipper said...

timbo: In any case, neither of the two guys would likely be you. For you, any woman would need to have her own condoms and double them up to avoid brain disease. You're every woman's nightmare.

September 5, 2012 at 4:14 p.m.
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