No doubt about it, people. Mitt Romney must have gotten the memo that he needs the lady vote, and he'll stop at nothing to attain it! Even if that means flying in the face of his party's all-out assault on choice by claiming he's in favor of abortion "being legal in the case of rape and incest, and the health and life of the mother." And even if that means having his wife Ann Romney randomly start chatting about her "most profound" miscarriage in a very public way. Hey, whatever it'll take to "soften" Mitt's image!
In an interview with CBS, Ann remembers how she lost a baby in her 40s, and discussed how it affected their youngest son, Craig, who was about 10 or 11 at the time ...
The story itself -- about how she didn't think she could have any more kids due to a surgery she had 10 years prior, and how Craig was really excited, and then devastated upon learning his mom had lost the baby -- is tragic and wrenching. Except for the part about how even after learning that she was losing the baby, she waited several hours before waking up her husband and asking him to take her to the hospital. Whaaat?! Yeah, aside from that, it's certainly sad. But what's even sadder is the rationale for bringing this up now.
I'll tell you why: Political gain. "Family interest" stories like this are supposed to make the Romneys look less "stiff," uber-rich, incredibly out-to-lunch when it comes to what actual American families cope with on a daily basis. And in addition to being a lame attempt to convince voters that Mitt isn't just this year's model Republican robot candidate, it's also a plea to capture female voters' hearts.
Given the timing and the fact that the Republicans need to sway women swing voters to win the election, it's disturbingly clear that the Romneys are exploiting their past trauma for lady votes. They're hoping undecided women (those who somehow, still aren't thoroughly convinced by the GOP's war on women ...) hear this and think, "Aaawww, Ann went through this just like my sister/aunt/best friend/I did! She's a good mom! How could she and Mitt not be sympathetic to real American women's needs?!"
But the reality is this: When it comes to access to affordable health care via Planned Parenthood, Mitt has vowed to "get rid of that." He supports the Blunt amendment, a bill that was introduced to restrict access to birth control by allowing any employer the right to deny health insurance coverage for any benefit based on a "moral" conviction. This is a candidate who believes that states should have the right to ban contraception.
No number of sob stories from Mrs. Romney can change these worrisome facts that reflect how out of touch Mitt Romney is with what real American women need. With hope, the majority of female voters see right through this desperate ploy to win their sympathy ... and, in turn, their votes.
Here's Ann's interview from earlier today ...
Do you see right through this?
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