Posted on | October 31, 2012 | 40 Comments
Ann Romney (center) with Jane Portman and Cindy McCain
At the Vinylmax window factory here, about 150 Republicans — mostly women — gathered for an event with Ann Romney, who was joined by Jane Portman (wife of Ohio Sen. Rob Portman) and Cindy McCain (about whose senator husband and celebrity daughter, we will politely say nothing). And as I was editing the photos, I couldn’t help but say to myself, “Wow. Ann Romney is seriously good-looking.”
Is this superficial? Is this . . . sexist?
Who cares? It’s simply a Neutral Objective Fact. Mitt married a total fox, and the fact that she’s the mother of five sons (and the grandmother of approximately a gazillion little Romneys) does nothing to diminish the importance of Mrs. Romney’s awesome babeness. So . . .
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, the news: Mrs. Romney began by demonstrating to the crowd how to donate to the Red Cross via their cellphones. And then she told stories.
Apparently, the campaign has decided that the candidate’s wife is very good at narrative, so while Mitt’s always talking issues, issues, issues, Ann’s job is to tell heart-warming, humanizing anecdotes about her husband (who, for the sake of journalistic “balance,” must be acknowledged as ruggedly handsome in an executive kind of way).
Mrs. Romney talked abut the process of deciding whether Mitt, who lost the GOP nomination to Cindy’s husband in 2008, would run again in 2012. “I asked Mitt, ‘Is it too late to save the country?’” She then said, “It will be too late if we have another four years of this,” before relating how she told Mitt: “You must run. You have to save the country.”
That may seem like political hyperbole to some, but I consider it a Neutral Objective Fact. America must elect Mitt Romney president, so that his extremely good-looking wife can be the next First Lady of the United States — and I can become the U.S. Ambassador to Vanuatu.
But first things first, eh? As Jane Portman told the crowd: “We’ve got six more days to avoid four more years.” And here are the photos:
Lilly Ann Baker, 7, is interviewed by the local ABC affiliate, while her mother Andrea Baker watches. Lilly Ann is a second-grader at Riverview Elementary, which is kind of young to begin a career as a TV political commentator, but she knows more about Ohio than does Nate Silver.
Ann Romney shakes hands with one of her adoring fans. Let me ask you: Have you seen any stories in the mainstream media about how enormously popular Ann Romney is? Do the TV networks report about how she’s always mobbed by autograph-seekers after her speeches? And if not, why not? My theory is, the biased liberal media are purposely suppressing this news, the same way they’re sitting on the Benghazi story.
Mrs. Romney hands back a child’s boot that she just autographed. This is my favorite photo from today and, by the way, you can click on any of these photos to see them full-sized.
This is a classic part of the campaign-trail experience: TV crews interviewing the locals. It happens at every event from the Iowa caucus campaign all the way to the White House: Some random person is grabbed by a TV reporter and presented to viewers as the “typical voter.” When I see this, I just thank God that none of Mitt’s supporters could possibly be as stupid as Peggy Joseph.
OK, so much for my own snarktastic response. I’m blogging this at Panera Bread — free WiFi! — where we had a working lunch with Ali Akbar, another conservative activist who shall remain nameless, and Ohio blogger Becca Lower, whose headline for today’s event is:
UPDATE: The science is settled!
Hat-tip to Wright Shumate on Twitter.
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We’ve already logged thousands of miles in campaign-trail travel this year and now, with just six days to go, I remind you once again of the Five Most Important Words in the English Language:
- Oct. 31: FROM OHIO: POLLS, POLLS, POLLS
- Oct. 30: FROM OHIO: GROUND GAME REPORT
- Oct. 30: Mark October 30 on Your Calendar: Democrat Panic Hits Pandemic Stage
- Oct. 29: SCENES FROM ROMNEY-RYAN RALLY
- Oct. 29: FROM OHIO: Schedule Scrambled; Obama, Romney Cancel Campaign Events
- Oct. 28: FROM OHIO: ROMNEY GAINS IN STATE POLL, NOW TIED WITH OBAMA
- Oct. 27: STORM CANCELS ROMNEY VIRGINIA EVENTS; OHIO, HERE WE COME UPDATE: BOOM! Mitt Romney Endorsed by Des Moines Register