GOP candidates’ wives are less disliked than their husbands

posted at 7:05 pm on March 20, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Why this should come as a surprise to anyone, I’m sure I don’t know. It’s far easier to be likable as a supportive spouse than as a candidate who’s bound to say some things with which voters disagree. Still, it must be a bit of a boost to these women in the midst of such a long, hard primary slog to learn that Americans don’t dislike them quite so much as they dislike their husbands.

Ann Romney, who has moved crowds with stories of how husband Mitt Romney has supported her in her struggles with multiple sclerosis, … is viewed favorably by 31%, and unfavorably by 22%–the former Massachusetts governor’s rating is 33/58.

Karen Santorum, mother of seven, holds a 31/27 rating. Her spouse, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, has a higher, 36% favorability rating, but a whopping 58% of voters gave him a thumbs-down.

Newt Gingrich’s third wife, Callista, is the most unpopular of the Republican first lady wannabes: only 18% of those surveyed saw her favorably, while 44% said the opposite. Her husband topped her favorability rating with a 28%, but 61% of those surveyed viewed him unfavorably—the highest disapproval rating of the lot.

The article made no mention of Ron Paul’s wife. For that matter, neither did the poll. Her name is Carol, in case you wondered, and she raised Rand, so she must be pretty OK.

As I read the ratings of these wives, though, it strikes me that Americans are one tough bunch to please. What politician or politician’s wife has a higher favorability rating than unfavorability rating? Actually, I have the answer: It’s Michelle Obama, who sits at a 54 percent favorable rating and a 34 percent unfavorable rating.

Part of that might just come with the territory of being First Lady: Laura Bush was always enormously popular, too. Either way, it’s impressive that Mrs. O has managed to hold on in a day and age when everyone is more interested in and apt to discuss what a person does wrong rather than what a person does right. Even more impressive when you consider that she has occasionally engaged in direct put-downs of the American people. (“For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country … “)

Not to grow too sappy, but I’m grateful to the GOP women for bearing with all the media scrutiny without ever lashing out or bashing Americans for not seeing just how wonderful their husbands are. They deserve even more credit than they receive.


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Not to grow too sappy, but I’m grateful to the GOP women for bearing with all the media scrutiny without ever lashing out or bashing Americans for not seeing just how wonderful their husbands are. They deserve even more credit than they receive.
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The MSM War on Conservative/Republican Women!!

canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Ask me what I think Of Obama’s wife….On second thought don’t.. I don’t want to be banned…

sandee on March 20, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Ann Romney was pretty hot in her day. She did as she was told popped out the kids on schedule and helped the nannies raise them. Didn’t bother with that whole career thing. That’s best left to the man of the house.

A perfect Stepford trophy wife.

angryed on March 20, 2012 at 7:10 PM

even more impressive when you consider that she has occasionally engaged in direct put-downs of the American people. (“For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country … “)

What’s impressive is how wingnuts have grabbed onto that one line for dear life and — years later — still drag it out when they need to justify their Derangement Syndrome.

urban elitist on March 20, 2012 at 7:11 PM

What’s impressive is how wingnuts have grabbed onto that one line for dear life and — years later — still drag it out when they need to justify their Derangement Syndrome.

urban elitist on March 20, 2012 at 7:11 PM

So did she not mean it? Then why did she say it?
Either she meant it or she was lying.
Which is it?

angryed on March 20, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Ann Romney will be one heck of a First Lady. Wonderful, classy lady.

We love Ann!!

bluegill on March 20, 2012 at 7:13 PM

angryed, that was some nasty venom you spewed at Ann. Grow up.

andy85719 on March 20, 2012 at 7:15 PM

canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 7:09 PM

+ 100..Thread winner..:)

Dire Straits on March 20, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Tina, this may be the year of the ‘conservative woman’ after all. PPP will release tomorrow that Sarah Palin is even preferred over the other candidates as well.

Amadeus on March 20, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Ann Romney will be one heck of a First Lady. Wonderful, classy lady.

We love Ann!!

bluegill on March 20, 2012 at 7:13 PM

You can’t speak for anyone but yourself. While I’m sure Mrs. Romney is a wonderful lady-I would rather have Anita Perry or Supriya Jindal.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 20, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Another useless social commentary topic, Ms Korbe.
Where are the hard-hitting indictments of Leftist politics?
Where are the topics that document and expose leftist malfeasance in office? The topics highlighting their oath betrayals and undermining of the former strengths and securities of this nation?
Where are the topics that advance the political ball against the Left?

No more of this RINO naval-gazing social-network-chimp-troupe-centric religious-phobic garbage. Please. Instead of just chattering about the passing parade served up / framed by leftist media strategists, can’t Hot Air actually focus on the Left’s devastating political and economic malfeasance? Or is that too ‘partisan’ a thing to ask of this place anymore / ever?

rayra on March 20, 2012 at 7:17 PM

what if they say something “controversial”….?

ted c on March 20, 2012 at 7:18 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on March 20, 2012 at 7:15 PM

OT: Did you see where predator got banned?1??..:)

Dire Straits on March 20, 2012 at 7:18 PM

stepford wife

liberal4life on March 20, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Ah…just wrote my take on Karen Santorum on the Rick Santorum/Republican women thread.

I haven’t seen as much of her as others, probably because I live in California, but got to see her on Piers Morgan last night,and I fell head over heels in love with her.

I think Ann Romney is a very nice lady, too, just like her husband is a very nice man, but Karen and Rick Santorum, whether you’re for him or agin him, strike me as absolutely genunine.

Calista comes across as cold — perhaps it’s the lacquered, platinum blonde hair and little suits. Both Karen and Ann seem a little softer and approachable in comparison. Also, there’s no getting around the fact that Calista is Newt’s third wife.

Anyway. Just gotta give Karen Santorum props for her interview with Piers last night. She did a great job.

Carolina21 on March 20, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Wonder if a poll was done on mo or the r’s wives how would each come out? So far none of the r’s wives can hold a candle to the nasty mo?
L

letget on March 20, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Ask me what I think Of Obama’s wife….On second thought don’t.. I don’t want to be banned…

sandee on March 20, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Go ahead and spew your racist garbage. I have read worse.

liberal4life on March 20, 2012 at 7:19 PM

So did she not mean it? Then why did she say it?
Either she meant it or she was lying.
Which is it?

angryed on March 20, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Or, it was an awkward phrasing like when Mitt said he liked to fire people or Santorum said he doesn’t care about the unemployed.

I know a lot of people were a little prouder of the U.S. when we finally demonstrated that we had begun to walk the walk, as well as just blathering on about race relations.

And, I would expect that a black person who grew up in a bitterly segregated city might not have the same lobotomized “my country, right or wrong” attitude that defines the deranged right.

But all that aside? Clinging to a few words uttered four years ago suggest a certain lack of balance.

urban elitist on March 20, 2012 at 7:20 PM

OT: Did you see where predator got banned?1??..:)

Dire Straits on March 20, 2012 at 7:18 PM

No-but I heard all about it.
I’ve also heard that he’s been ‘unbanned’.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 20, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Either way, it’s impressive that Mrs. O has managed to hold on in a day and age when everyone is more interested in and apt to discuss what a person does wrong rather than what a person does right. Even more impressive when you consider that she has occasionally engaged in direct put-downs of the American people. (“For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country … “)

Well Tina, you got the last part right. She’s managed to “hold on” because she has an entire propaganda machine working on her behalf, and is an expert at perpetuating myths about her and Barry’s underprivileged childhoods and other fabulists’ tales.

Buy Danish on March 20, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Tina, please step away from the computer.

JFS61 on March 20, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Amadeus on March 20, 2012 at 7:15 PM

If Gov. Palin had wanted to be the nominee-she would’ve throw her hat in. She didn’t-so she won’t be the nominee.
*Same could be said for Bobby Jindal-I know.*

annoyinglittletwerp on March 20, 2012 at 7:22 PM

I’ve also heard that he’s been ‘unbanned’.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 20, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Really??..That is good news..:)

PS..What thread??..:)

Dire Straits on March 20, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Hey lib4life… Why is everything with you about race?

sandee on March 20, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Dire Straits on March 20, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Mitt tell heckler to vote for other guy if you want free stuff.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 20, 2012 at 7:24 PM

angryed, that was some nasty venom you spewed at Ann. Grow up.

andy85719 on March 20, 2012 at 7:15 PM

No attack is too much for Romney or his loved ones to the Great Angryed. He WILL destroy his arch-enemy come hell or high watah!

thebrokenrattle on March 20, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Tina, this may be the year of the ‘conservative woman’ after all. PPP will release tomorrow that Sarah Palin is even preferred over the other candidates as well.

Amadeus on March 20, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Should be interesting…

PublicPolicyPolling

Our national GOP poll, out tomorrow, finds Republicans like Sarah Palin more than any of their actual candidates

idesign on March 20, 2012 at 7:25 PM

canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 7:09 PM
+ 100..Thread winner..:)

Dire Straits on March 20, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Dire Straits:Lol.Predator got banned,wow!:)

canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 7:27 PM

angryed on March 20, 2012 at 7:10 PM

How very liberal of you.

Confutus on March 20, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Ann Romney would make a beautiful and elegant FLOTUS.

Her husband might win me over, too.

/for what its worth.

Key West Reader on March 20, 2012 at 7:28 PM

idesign on March 20, 2012 at 7:25 PM

If Governor Palin or anyone else wanted to be the nominee they should have gone through the primaries and won the delegates
If they didn’t go through ‘the process’-they don’t deserve to be nominated in a brokered convention.
What I said about Gov. Palin applies to Jindal, Ryan, Rubio etc

annoyinglittletwerp on March 20, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Dire Straits:Lol.Predator got banned,wow!:)

canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 7:27 PM

He was banned..I see now where he has his posting priviledges back!!..:)

Dire Straits on March 20, 2012 at 7:29 PM

O/T,

Nebraska Republican party says it’s filing court challenge to try to keep Bob Kerrey off ballot

Submitted 5 hours ago
http://www.breakingnews.com/
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canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Ask me what I think Of Obama’s wife….On second thought don’t.. I don’t want to be banned…

sandee on March 20, 2012 at 7:09 PM

A picture speaks a thousand words

Yikes.

Key West Reader on March 20, 2012 at 7:30 PM

canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 7:27 PM
He was banned..I see now where he has his posting priviledges back!!..:)

Dire Straits on March 20, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Dire Straits:Boy is he lucky!!:)

canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 7:31 PM

angryed, that was some nasty venom you spewed at Ann. Grow up.

andy85719 on March 20, 2012 at 7:15 PM

No attack is too much for Romney or his loved ones to the Great Angryed. He WILL destroy his arch-enemy come hell or high watah!

thebrokenrattle on March 20, 2012 at 7:25 PM

She was hot. She popped out 5 kids. She doesn’t have a career (other than being Mrs. Romney on the campaign trail). How exactly is stating the obvious venom?

Sorry, I don’t have any respect for a woman whose entire self is being Mrs. Someone Else. It’s 2012 not 1812.

angryed on March 20, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Dire Straits:Boy is he lucky!!:)

canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 7:31 PM

You got that right..:)

Dire Straits on March 20, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Really??..That is good news..:)

PS..What thread??..:)

Dire Straits on March 20, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Dire don’t talk about until QOTD.

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 7:33 PM

O/T,this is interesting!

Source:
********

US to grant sanctions exemptions to Japan and 10 EU nations that have significantly reduced Iranian crude oil purchases

Submitted 5 hours ago
http://www.breakingnews.com/
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canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 7:33 PM

The poll oversampled the “Robert DeNiro” types…

Khun Joe on March 20, 2012 at 7:33 PM

angryed on March 20, 2012 at 7:31 PM

It’s her choice-and it’s not hurting you…or anyone else.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 20, 2012 at 7:34 PM

canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 7:31 PM
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You got that right..:)

Dire Straits on March 20, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Dire Straits:-:)

canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Sorry, I don’t have any respect for a woman whose entire self is being Mrs. Someone Else. It’s 2012 not 1812.

angryed on March 20, 2012 at 7:31 PM

And you know this how? She a family member? Too bad all Women can’t be like Hillary or Michelle..

s/

sandee on March 20, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Mrs Romney doesn’t consider herself rich. At a recent interview she said “we can all be poor in spirit”.

I really sympathize with her, It is tough to live in multimillion dollar mansions while driving expensive and the latest Cadillac

liberal4life on March 20, 2012 at 7:36 PM

it, sorry Dire.

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 7:36 PM

If Governor Palin or anyone else wanted to be the nominee they should have gone through the primaries and won the delegates
If they didn’t go through ‘the process’-they don’t deserve to be nominated in a brokered convention.
What I said about Gov. Palin applies to Jindal, Ryan, Rubio etc

annoyinglittletwerp on March 20, 2012 at 7:29 PM

That’s not the point….

It’s just amusing that according to the PPP poll coming out tomorrow, Palin’s favorably is higher than any of the candidates running…:)

idesign on March 20, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Tina, please step away from the computer.

JFS61 on March 20, 2012 at 7:22 PM

I think Tina’s already been reported to the Romney version of “Attack Watch.”

tom on March 20, 2012 at 7:36 PM

If Governor Palin or anyone else wanted to be the nominee they should have gone through the primaries and won the delegates
If they didn’t go through ‘the process’-they don’t deserve to be nominated in a brokered convention.
What I said about Gov. Palin applies to Jindal, Ryan, Rubio etc

annoyinglittletwerp on March 20, 2012 at 7:29 PM

I love Jindal, Ryan, and Rubio, but I completely agree with you.

GOPRanknFile on March 20, 2012 at 7:37 PM

stepford wife

liberal4life on March 20, 2012 at 7:19 PM

You should be so lucky. Now back to sleep little one.

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Any of the GOP candidates running for the nomination is better than Barry, and any of the wives is better than Moochelle.

While the national debt is huge, no expense should be spare in properly hose down and disinfect the White House in January, should GOP wins the general election in November.

galtani on March 20, 2012 at 7:46 PM

idesign on March 20, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Gotcha!
*grins back*

annoyinglittletwerp on March 20, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Changing sentence structure in the midst of writing it, “spare in” should be “spared to”

galtani on March 20, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Mrs Romney doesn’t consider herself rich. At a recent interview she said “we can all be poor in spirit”.

I really sympathize with her, It is tough to live in multimillion dollar mansions while driving expensive and the latest Cadillac

liberal4life on March 20, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Just like Mitchell.

/you are such an A@@

Key West Reader on March 20, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Dire
Go over to the open thread, you’ll be : )

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 7:56 PM

How many hundreds of millions have taxpayers been forced to pay for Mochelle’s vacations?

It seems unprecedented in US history. The Soretoro family will probably steal the silverware when they leave the White House, too.

WhatNot on March 20, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Good grief…Hot Air is all fluff today. Really, was this the whole idea of a “woman’s perspective” here at HA? I appreciate a fluff article amidst all the serious political news..but really….THIS passes as serious blog material?

lovingmyUSA on March 20, 2012 at 7:56 PM

stepford wife

liberal4life on March 20, 2012 at 7:19 PM

What’s lobotomy4life not to like?
The posters above the bunk bed in mom’s basement probably include the easy going Roz Carter, Hillary Rockhard Clinton and Moochelle I’mYourMama!

KOOLAID2 on March 20, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Amadeus on March 20, 2012 at 7:15 PM

If Gov. Palin had wanted to be the nominee-she would’ve throw her hat in. She didn’t-so she won’t be the nominee.
*Same could be said for Bobby Jindal-I know.*

annoyinglittletwerp on March 20, 2012 at 7:22 PM

That was not my point, my point was clearly stated as this may end up being the ‘year of the conservative woman’.(In the middle of the Dems war on conservative women)

Amadeus on March 20, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Sorry, I don’t have any respect for a woman whose entire self is being Mrs. Someone Else. It’s 2012 not 1812.

angryed on March 20, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Seems strange to single out Mrs. Romney. How does she differ from Mrs. Santorum, Gingrich or Paul in this respect?

cam2 on March 20, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Mrs Romney doesn’t consider herself rich. At a recent interview she said “we can all be poor in spirit”.

I really sympathize with her, It is tough to live in multimillion dollar mansions while driving expensive and the latest Cadillac

liberal4life on March 20, 2012 at 7:36 PM

…and I really sympathize with you…living in your diaper, continuously wiping your brain with your bib, and always having to drive your trike in moms basement, because you hit parked cars outside!

KOOLAID2 on March 20, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Seems strange to single out Mrs. Romney. How does she differ from Mrs. Santorum, Gingrich or Paul in this respect?

cam2 on March 20, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Just pay attention to all his posts. You’ll see :)

thebrokenrattle on March 20, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Really??..That is good news..:)

PS..What thread??..:)

Dire Straits on March 20, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Dire don’t talk about until QOTD.

Bmore on March 20, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Hey! You’re a conservative…stop with the Fear Factor stuff!

KOOLAID2 on March 20, 2012 at 8:16 PM

She was hot. She popped out 5 kids. She doesn’t have a career (other than being Mrs. Romney on the campaign trail). How exactly is stating the obvious venom?

Sorry, I don’t have any respect for a woman whose entire self is being Mrs. Someone Else. It’s 2012 not 1812.

angryed on March 20, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Ed. Dude. Step back and look. You’ve turned into a troll. You provide nothing anymore. You offer nothing. Your insults are as bad as any liberal here anymore and more often than not they’re parroting what you say. Is this what you were aiming for after posting here all this time?

hawkdriver on March 20, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Just pay attention to all his posts. You’ll see :)

thebrokenrattle on March 20, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Ah, I see. Romney derangement syndrome?

cam2 on March 20, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Ed. Dude. Step back and look. You’ve turned into a troll. You provide nothing anymore. You offer nothing. Your insults are as bad as any liberal here anymore and more often than not they’re parroting what you say. Is this what you were aiming for after posting here all this time?

hawkdriver on March 20, 2012 at 8:16 PM

We should have a whole bunch of quotes and just omit the names to see who made particular comments: liberal4life or angryed. I bet it would be hard to tell the difference.

GOPRanknFile on March 20, 2012 at 8:27 PM

…and I really sympathize with you…living in your diaper, continuously wiping your brain with your bib, and always having to drive your trike in moms basement, because you hit parked cars outside!

KOOLAID2 on March 20, 2012 at 8:11 PM

WINNER! G’night, everybody!

22044 on March 20, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Ah, I see. Romney derangement syndrome?

cam2 on March 20, 2012 at 8:27 PM

I’m afraid so…a very bad case of it.

thebrokenrattle on March 20, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Go ahead and spew your racist garbage. I have read worse.

liberal4life on March 20, 2012 at 7:19 PM

…you’re kidding!!!..You CAN READ your own posts?

KOOLAID2 on March 20, 2012 at 8:52 PM

How can they be viewed so negatively?

Have you seen who they have to put up with? These gals have got to be veritable saints… maybe not making the best decision on personal affairs, but sticktoitiveness has got to count for something.

ajacksonian on March 20, 2012 at 9:26 PM

angryed, that was some nasty venom you spewed at Ann. Grow up.

andy85719 on March 20, 2012 at 7:15 PM

No attack is too much for Romney or his loved ones to the Great Angryed. He WILL destroy his arch-enemy come hell or high watah!

thebrokenrattle on March 20, 2012 at 7:25 PM

She was hot. She popped out 5 kids. She doesn’t have a career (other than being Mrs. Romney on the campaign trail). How exactly is stating the obvious venom?

Sorry, I don’t have any respect for a woman whose entire self is being Mrs. Someone Else. It’s 2012 not 1812.

angryed on March 20, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Tried to be fair and engage you politely, but this is pointless and rude.

Seriously – you have some interesting ideas and are up on your facts, but take a few days off, get some sunshine and do something that gives you peace and enjoyment. Today hasn’t been a good day for you.

I mean this sincerely. This isn’t worth where you are going.

kim roy on March 20, 2012 at 9:45 PM

hawkdriver on March 20, 2012 at 8:16 PM

We should have a whole bunch of quotes and just omit the names to see who made particular comments: liberal4life or angryed. I bet it would be hard to tell the difference.

GOPRanknFile on March 20, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Well, I have a hard time telling Romney supporters from the trolls too. Game on?

hawkdriver on March 20, 2012 at 11:20 PM

Both Ann Romney & Karen Santorum make me think better of their respective husbands — it is kind of along the lines of “Well, he was smart enough to marry her, so he got something right” and I’m willing to bet that same kind of thinking goes on with most people. Poor Calista, OTOH, we all know she was Newt’s 3rd wive after 2 relatively pubic divorces, so that same kind of thinking doesn’t apply (not, btw, that I have anything personal against Calista — she has always seem perfectly appropriate & gracious when I’ve seen her — but that is the way perception works).

Michelle Obama, however, is a case of people being afraid to criticize the first black FLOTUS lest they be labeled r*cists — hence the over-the-top praise for her clothing (which usually sucks, yet she is made out to be the new Jackie O) etc. It is like they in the MSM are trying to convince us how awesome she is, an advertising, apparently, works on more than half of us. No way would any other pol’s wife be able to get away with the “For the FIRST TIME in my ADULT LIFE” line.

Dark Star on March 21, 2012 at 1:27 AM