Video: Romney campaign uses new secret weapon at NRA meeting

posted at 9:53 pm on April 13, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Supplyboys News, it’s hard to tell from the audio but ABC says Ann Romney got a “hero’s welcome” and a “rock-star reception” from the crowd. Team Mitt must have anticipated it: It sounds like her intro here, which is brief and halting in spots, might have been a last-minute addition to capitalize on l’affaire Rosen. They were always planning to use her in their outreach to women, but now I wonder if her profile’s been sufficiently raised that they’re going to expand her role on the trail more generally. Is that good news or bad? On the one hand, she’s warm and sympathetic. On the other hand, per Byron York, it’s a further temptation to playing Obama’s “war on women” game:

The underlying point they’re trying to make, say Romney aides, is that the big issue for women is the economy, and not contraceptives or abortion, as Democrats screaming “war on women” would have voters believe. Of course, those issues that matter most to women — jobs, economic growth, the price of gas — matter just as much to men. None of them involves a “war on women” by anybody.

One of the main themes of the Romney campaign is that in 2009 and 2010, when Americans were desperate for a president to devote his energies to creating jobs and fixing the economy, Obama was instead obsessed with passing an intrusive and vastly expensive national health care plan, as well as with pushing through Congress a pork-laden stimulus, and even hoped to pass a cap-and-trade scheme that would have reordered the parts of the economy that hadn’t already been reordered by the health care scheme.

Yet now Romney calls Obama’s obvious economic failures “the real war on women.” Romney’s motives are pretty transparent: He’s trying to fight back against the Democrats’ latest talking point. But Republicans know the Democratic charge is ridiculous. Why make one of their own?

Feminists are waiting for her too:

“I simply have not seen her in any way as an advocate for women’s empowerment in society,” said Kim Gandy, the former head of the National Organization for Women, of Ann Romney before Rosen’s comments. “And since Gov. Romney looks to her to find out what women care about, that does not bode well. I haven’t heard her speaking out about increasing women’s opportunity for higher paid employment, for women in non-traditional occupations, specifically for increasing pay equity for women, closing the pay gap, certainly not on women’s reproductive rights.”

Privately, senior Democrats are even more candid — predicting that the relitigating of the Mommy Wars against the backdrop of a larger Retro Mitt campaign is not a battle that any Republican, and especially not this one, can win.

“She doesn’t connect in any ways with the women that he has a problem with,” a Democratic strategist aligned with Obama said of Ann Romney, alluding to the GOP hopeful’s polling deficit with younger, college-educated women. “She’s as foreign to them as he is. That’s not to disparage anybody who stays home and raises kids. But she’s just not like them.”

A second Democratic strategist acknowledged that the Rosen flap was “messy today,” but added: “They’re not going to win on this issue.”

That’s from Politico’s piece on the Don Draper-ization of Romney, but even without having watched a single episode of “Mad Men” I know Mitt’s a starkly different character from DD. What’s really going on with Democrats, it seems, is the Ward Cleaver-ization of Romney, with Ann soon to be cast as June. Can sniping at the Romneys for being a wholesome nuclear family in the mold of 1950s America distract enough voters from protracted unemployment and crushing deficits to earn The One four more years of protracted unemployment and crushing deficits? Stay tuned.


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ddrintn on April 14, 2012 at 11:05 AM

The hell you say.

MJBrutus on April 14, 2012 at 1:31 PM

or can pay 10k for her kids extracurriculars……lame

WryTrvllr on April 13, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Have Barack and Michelle Obama had their Detroit pizza on those silver platters yet? How about all those many “private fundraisers” among the Hollywood multimillionaires?

I could go on but everyone’s already well familiar with the gluttony and self-indulgence by Barack and Michelle Obama, including the ongoing vacations, lobsters, multi-enterouges at the public’s expense touring wherever and everywhere…

…but I’ll leave it at that. The Left even TRYING to ridicule the Romneys due to their wealth — which they have earned in the private sector, they’re not coasting around on other people’s money — that the Left is even trying to use such a preposterous reason as their wealth to criticize the Romneys is just insane by the Left, it points out how utterly without sense and principle the Left is, especially after the Left’s documented rip-offs to splurge on Leftists’ indulgences.

Lourdes on April 14, 2012 at 1:35 PM

From John Nolte/Breitbart
The Obama campaign would have us believe that last night on CNN Obama advisor and frequent White House guest, Hilary Rosen, spoke out of turn with her indefensible attack on Ann Romney and every woman who chooses to stay home and raise her family. But in a speech last Friday at “The White House Forum on Women and the Economy,” President Obama seemed to be laying the groundwork for exactly this attack.
By last Friday, it was already apparent that the only thing stopping Mitt Romney from becoming the GOP presidential nominee were mere formalities, and talk had already begun among Obama’s media allies that Ann Romney, the wife of our likely nominee, was going to be a huge asset for the Republican ticket. Attractive, charismatic, warm, well-spoken, intelligent, and likeable on sight, she would do much to not only soften her husband’s edges but also to help shore up the so-called gender gap.
As we’ve all seen since President Obama stabbed the Catholic Church in the back a couple of months ago, Obama is cynically plotting a path to re-election through a phony “war on women.” Because he can’t run on a failed record, the White House and the media are hoping this divisive tactic will scare enough women into voting against Romney.
When that’s your sinister plot, a woman like Ann Romney is a serious problem.
So last night on CNN, Hilary Rosen attacked Ms. Romney. But almost immediately afterward, the Obama campaign assured us Rosen doesn’t speak for them.
Baloney.
Obama might suck as a president, but when it comes to campaigning and message discipline, this White House knows what it’s doing (it doesn’t hurt to have the MSM carrying your water, either). Speaking of his wife Michelle just a few days prior to Rosen’s attack, President Obama launched a little theme that should sound familiar after last night’s fireworks:
“And once Michelle and I had our girls, she gave it her all to balance raising a family and pursuing a career–and something that could be very difficult on her, because I was gone a lot.
“Once I was in the state legislature, I was teaching, I was practicing law, I’d be traveling,” he said. “And we didn’t have the luxury for her not to work.”
Oh, boo-hoo for the Harvard graduate.

Bambi on April 14, 2012 at 1:37 PM

The only negative I sense about this effort by the DNC to attack Ann Romney is that they’re hoping they’ll create a storm on the Right against Michelle Obama: photos comparing the two (no contest, Ann wins by thousands of miles on the physical aspects of appearance, poise and dress), airing yet again the many gluttonous escapades Michelle Obama engages in…

…things of that nature. The Left will likely want to see the Right “respond” like that which I hope most will try not to despite the temptation (because it just provides fodder to the Left if/when such happens — and it’ll inevitably degenerate further into issues of race).

Lourdes on April 14, 2012 at 1:41 PM

I thought

ddrintn on April 14, 2012 at 11:05 AM

The hell you say.

MJBrutus on April 14, 2012 at 1:31 PM

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Good one…good one…nothing like that “I’ve been shown to have my head up my anal vent” deflective ‘bot humor…

ddrintn on April 14, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Speaking of his wife Michelle just a few days prior to Rosen’s attack, President Obama launched a little theme that should sound familiar after last night’s fireworks:
“And once Michelle and I had our girls, she gave it her all to balance raising a family and pursuing a career–and something that could be very difficult on her, because I was gone a lot.
“Once I was in the state legislature, I was teaching, I was practicing law, I’d be traveling,” he said. “And we didn’t have the luxury for her not to work.”
Oh, boo-hoo for the Harvard graduate.

Bambi on April 14, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Everyone should visit (and donate if you can or will) the site by the Romney campaign that displays Obama’s Golf-Days-In-Office…

http://fortyfore.com

Lourdes on April 14, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Everyone should visit (and donate if you can or will) the site by the Romney campaign that displays Obama’s Golf-Days-In-Office…

http://fortyfore.com

Lourdes on April 14, 2012 at 1:47 PM

*groan*

ddrintn on April 14, 2012 at 2:12 PM

So, the Democrats are trying to sell the idea that Americans would really like some sleazy, half-bright leaders that identify along racial and class lines, than upright, intelligent leadership that is capable the planning and organization to lift us out of this hole. Good luck with that.

And what about those fifties values? Without a good work ethic, a reality based education system, and a fight to win attitude, we will simply not survive in the long run. It is achievement, not good intentions that lifts a country.

claudius on April 14, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Largest Obama Super PAC Donor: ‘Ann Romney Has Never Gotten Her A– Out of the House to Work ‘
2:56 PM, APR 14, 2012 • BY DANIEL HALPER

The largest donor to President Obama’s super PAC blasted Ann Romney, the wife of presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, last night on his HBO TV show for having “never gotten her a– out of the house to work.”

“The language here was, perhaps, inartful, or perhaps America is a society that lives to fight stupid, non-consequential, meaningless controversies and this is the new one,” Maher said.

“But what she meant to say, I think, was that Ann Romney has never gotten her a– out of the house to work. No one is denying that being a mother is a tough job, I remember that I was a handful. Okay, but there is a big difference in being a mother, and that tough job, and getting your a– out of the door at 7am when it’s cold, having to deal with the boss, being in a workplace, and even if you’re unhappy you can’t show it for 8 hours, that is a different kind of tough thing.”

As Politico previously reported, “Comedian Bill Maher announced [in February] that he will donate one million dollars to President Obama’s re-election campaign.” And Politico follows that piece up with a report last night that states: “The biggest individual donor revealed Friday was hedge fund billionaire James H. Simons, who cut a $1 million check to Majority PAC at the end of last month. That matches him with controversial comedian Bill Maher, who gave $1 million to Priorities USA Action in February, as the biggest Democratic super PAC donors so far this year.”

Maher’s comments indicate that while President Obama maintains his “lay off my wife” rule that presumably protects First Lady Michelle Obama from receiving criticism of her activities, the wives of other politicians aren’t nearly as fortunate.

rubberneck on April 14, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Anyone who equates Mitt’s will to win with McCain’s is still suffering from McCain-2008 PTSD, and it’s clouding their judgement. Mitt clearly is not like McCain in this area – he’s competitive i.e. he really doesn’t want to lose.

Bizarro No. 1 on April 14, 2012 at 12:32 AM

Competitive?

I guess I was asleep for the past few years. According to you and the rest of the amnesia inclined and delusional crowd it is Romney who beat RINO McCain according to your recollection of very recent history. Romney lost to McCain, of all people, in 2008, and you somehow believe he’s competitive? Only when spouting obvious and open lies are concerned, not what I call “competitive” for a guy running on progressive liberal RECORD. “… clouding their judgement…”, “… he doesn’t want to lose…”

For sure.

The more people post here the more their nicknames point out how closely they describe their owners. Bizzaro, no doubt about that.

riddick on April 14, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Lourdes on April 14, 2012 at 1:47 PM

“1656 holes since 2009.”

But they did not count the one Barry put the country and the future of your family in !!

galtani on April 14, 2012 at 4:00 PM

The more people post here the more their nicknames point out how closely they describe their owners. Bizzaro, no doubt about that.

riddick on April 14, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Are you saying the last part of your name describes you closely?

galtani on April 14, 2012 at 4:04 PM

The more people post here the more their nicknames point out how closely they describe their owners. Bizzaro, no doubt about that.

riddick on April 14, 2012 at 3:47 PM

left for dead. yeah that’s about right. Out there.

WryTrvllr on April 14, 2012 at 4:06 PM

must suck being strangled with your own umbilical cord. Almost a leftists dream come true.

WryTrvllr on April 14, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Lourdes on April 14, 2012 at 1:47 PM

I’m not giving one thin dime. The Mittbots bash and then have the nerve to beg for money? You should have thought about the consequences.

SparkPlug on April 14, 2012 at 4:27 PM

The secret is no longer secret.

Mutnodjmet on April 14, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Everyone should visit (and donate if you can or will) the site by the Romney campaign that displays Obama’s Golf-Days-In-Office…

http://fortyfore.com

Lourdes on April 14, 2012 at 1:47 PM

I agree. Just made my contribution.

bluegill on April 14, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Bill Maher and Eric Holder are useless wastes of matter. If Bill Maher wants to insult women (which comes natural to him), fine. I can’t stomach his putrid show.

Philly on April 14, 2012 at 5:28 PM

The problem with you “True Conservatives” is that you call anyone who doesn’t agree with you a RINO.

To be honest I stopped reading after the RINO…

Ampersand on April 14, 2012 at 12:16 AM

SO TRUE!

It reminds me of the Salem Witch Trial paranoia. These “True Conservative™” hypocrites see RINO’s everywhere. “Look! Here’s a RINO, there’s a RINO, everywhere a RINO, RINO!”

They are so quick to say, “string them up!” (metaphorically speaking) at even the slightest deviance from their idea of how a True Conservative™ should think and behave.

The funny thing is that the embarrassing, whiny True Conservative™ types (who are always the loudest in proclaiming their own supposed True Conservatism™ and in telling you what a RINO/socialist/liberal/squish you are for not agreeing with them) are also always the ones most likely to openly wish for Obama’s re-election and to campaign against our Republican nominee. Go figure.

Ann Coulter? Yep, she’s a RINO, according to them. You hadn’t heard?

Nikki Haley? Yep, another RINO, the “True Conservatives™” tell us.

Even Fox News? Why, yes, the channel has been taking over by RINO’s.

Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Paul Ryan… RINO’s all!

bluegill on April 14, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Ann Coulter? Yep, she’s a RINO, according to them. You hadn’t heard?

Nikki Haley? Yep, another RINO, the “True Conservatives™” tell us.

Even Fox News? Why, yes, the channel has been taking over by RINO’s.

Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Paul Ryan… RINO’s all!

bluegill on April 14, 2012 at 5:42 PM

You’ll see. When the Great Reagan Conservative Pumpkin rises from the pumpkin patch. But be careful. The slightest bit of RINOism and he could pass us by for another year. I’m staying right here at home until the Great Pumpkin comes.

rhombus on April 14, 2012 at 6:03 PM

The more people post here the more their nicknames point out how closely they describe their owners. Bizzaro, no doubt about that.

riddick on April 14, 2012 at 3:47 PM

And “Riddick” is short for ridiculous, no doubt, and is spelled in a unique way in order to give a hint as to the commenter’s personality.

By the way, Reagan lost the nomination to Ford in 1976, yet won big in 1980. So Riddick’s little theory doesn’t quite hold up. Unless Riddick wants to also say that Sarah Palin, who lost big in the 2008 general election, has been shown to be unelectable in a national general election.

bluegill on April 14, 2012 at 6:14 PM

they are both so fake

damian1967 on April 14, 2012 at 8:44 PM

or can pay 10k for her kids extracurriculars……lame

WryTrvllr on April 13, 2012 at 10:20 PM

I wonder if the Romneys ever had a pizza ‘chef’ flown in from Chicago to fix one for them.

Somehow, I doubt it.

Solaratov on April 14, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Interesting. That wasn’t supposed to have a strike-through line in it.
Oh, well. Ignore the strike in my previous post.

Solaratov on April 14, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Back when he was liberal, Romney supported the Brady Bill, assault weapons bans and Massachusetts’ very strict gun control law. Now that he’s a conservative Republican, Romney has claimed that the NRA endorsed him in previous campaigns. (Oops — that was easily proven to be a lie. His Democratic opponent actually had a better NRA rating.)

damian1967 on April 14, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Paraphrase – @Iowahawk: So I’m suddenly supposed to be mad at Mitt Romney for what he’s done with his money instead of being mad a Barak Obama for what he’s done with my money?

Abiss on April 14, 2012 at 9:50 PM

This isn’t a court room. The people I’m talking to already know what I’m talking about. Romney is clearly treated as a maintstream candidate and his negatives are glossed over as though they’re unimportant. Romneycare is where the unpopular individual mandate came from. I think Romney thinks he’s superior to the rest of us and that we simply don’t understand…. no, no, that is wrong. People understand the basics of insurance, they oppose the mandate because it is un-American. Sure, a state may be allowed to do it, but it is still skulduggery. And this candidate is being foisted on the nation by corporate interests, all of which want the tea party destroyed, they spread money around on both sides of the isle to make sure there is no competition. Thus we are given a choice between two candidates that are virtually the same, right down to their healthcare plans and anti-gun agenda.

FloatingRock on April 14, 2012 at 2:30 AM

Again, you’re giving your opinions (most of which, I believe, deserve to severely mocked, but, I don’t have the time for that now! :) ), not facts. I’ll take one of your opinions to make my point, because that’s a sufficient amount.

You say you “think Romney thinks he’s superior to the rest of us and that we simply don’t understand”; I’ll tell you that I don’t see that from him at all, and I believe viewing him that way shows, at the very least, that that viewer’s observational skills need some severe attention. See? Yours isn’t the only opinion about that aspect of Mitt floating around. Since both of those opinions can’t be right, how do you go about trying to figure out which one is the correct one?

To make a personal attack on me, and/or to try to change the subject, and/or to ignore the topic would indicate that you don’t care to discuss our difference of opinion about that aspect of Mitt in an honest fashion, and that you are only interested in venting your emotions in the echo chamber of your choosing, free from outside, potentially painful critique. Do you believe people who carry on that way truthfully believe they have the stronger positions in arguments than people like me, who understand that spouting special, self-protected opinions w/o any regard for ‘burden of proof’/the logic behind them is the behavior of those who realize they aren’t able to easily defend their positions, and thus lazily won’t bother to try to defend them?

Bizarro No. 1 on April 14, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Nor are you. Are you saying Romney’s overwhelming charisma just cries out for coverage? Or maybe Romney is SO very closely reflective of the values of the typical GOP voter that he became the obvious choice. What?

I guess you didn’t notice, or maybe you just don’t care (probably the case), that I asked FloatingRock to justify his belief with some facts i.e. he was the asserter of the topic at hand, not myself, a topic I hadn’t yet shown I was interested in counterarguing? So, why bring up this non sequitur about me in reference to his claim? It looks like you don’t understand nor like ‘burden of proof’, either…

In the meantime he’s having to rely on VP speculation and now his wife to help him in the polls. That’s called “weak”. Now how did someone so weak become the fronetrunner in the first place? Care to answer that one?

No, I don’t! :) (see explanation below)

I look at them as bad teammates a la Terrell Owens who don’t care so much about defeating the other team as they do having their egos coddled and stroked.

Bizarro No. 1 on April 14, 2012 at 12:53 AM

And of course the squishes are the brainy, studly quarterbacks who can win all by themselves. I mean, they could’ve flipped control of the House on their own if it weren’t for those stupid TrueCons — who, by the way, are the ones who have always been holding their noses to vote. It’s the squishes who seem to have been the ones who b1tch and moan about the “unelectability” of conservative candidates while expecting everyone to fall in line to support the squishies. Talk about coddled egos and “bad teammates”.

ddrintn on April 14, 2012 at 7:40 AM

lol I have no interest in explaining my statements to someone like you, as I see nothing in it of value for myself – I’ve seen no ability in you to do something other than create straw men and draw surrealy-convoluted-and-completely-ridiculous-to-the-point-of-causing-a “Huh? That’s the understanding he derived from that statement? HURRY!!! We need to get a 515O on this guy, SOONER than immediately, do you understand me!!!”-type-of-reaction inferences when you’re disagreeing with people.

I’m soooo sorry for this selfish, fatcat, GOP-Establishmentary elitism I’m about to display, but, as far as I am concerned, you’re a beyond-rude dementia case who’s living in his (very, very poorly) self-constructed cardboard “mansion” that’s lined with (used) garbage bags in order to keep the rain out, at your nearest rural county’s dump, right alongside HondaV65 :)

Bizarro No. 1 on April 15, 2012 at 1:08 AM

lol oops that was meant to be, “We need to get a 515O 5150 on this guy”

Bizarro No. 1 on April 15, 2012 at 3:24 AM

or can pay 10k for her kids extracurriculars……lame

WryTrvllr on April 13, 2012 at 10:20 PM

I am confused. You realize that was a Moochelle admission, right?

WryTrvllr on April 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

they are both so fake

damian1967 on April 14, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Obviously your perception is so flawed. Ann Romney is anything but a fake. Tell that to her 5 sons, tell that to the Dr’s that have helped her fight breast cancer, tell that to the Dr’s who are currently working with her and her MS. No she has never used it as an excuse, but those who see value in her and support her mention it. Not Mrs. Romney! She is so far from a fake that you can’t see what is in front of you.
I can tell you she would never buy $500 keds to wear to serve food to the poor. She would never take a plane a couple hours ahead of her husband, just to get there sooner and spend 1,000′s of dollars for the flight.
Take a real look at the two of them.

Bambi on April 15, 2012 at 1:58 PM

In the meantime he’s having to rely on VP speculation and now his wife to help him in the polls. That’s called “weak”. Now how did someone so weak become the fronetrunner in the first place? Care to answer that one?

You are a dolt! It was not Romney, nor his wife, who dissed Ann Romney and the women who stay home and take care of their children. If I remember it was obama’s friend and ally, hilary rosen. You remember one of the 3 who visited the white house 35 times and met with obama 5 times?

Bambi on April 15, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Bambi on April 15, 2012 at 1:58 PM

fake

damian1967 on April 15, 2012 at 2:03 PM

The Left even TRYING to ridicule the Romneys due to their wealth — which they have earned in the private sector, they’re not coasting around on other people’s money — that the Left is even trying to use such a preposterous reason as their wealth to criticize the Romneys is just insane by the Left, it points out how utterly without sense and principle the Left is, especially after the Left’s documented rip-offs to splurge on Leftists’ indulgences.

Lourdes on April 14, 2012 at 1:35 PM

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I have no use for Mitt Romney. I wanted someone for whom freedom was paramount, not a better manager of our decline. But the Dems are doing everything in their power to make Mittens a sympathetic character, even to anti-Mitts like me. They keep pandering to their base and I just don’t think it’s large enough to carry the election. But I’m happy to applaud their effort and stand back to watch the show.

swinia sutki on April 16, 2012 at 5:51 AM

Not a bad speech from Ann Romney, but she needs to change that dress–it’s WAY too old-fashioned! Ann Romney is an attractive woman, and if she wants to be First Lady, why doesn’t she dress like Laura Bush did?

Steve Z on April 16, 2012 at 12:20 PM

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