YOU COULD ALMOST hear the jaws of the Fox News Channel panel hitting the floor when Juan Williams made the statement.
The case being made by Ann Romney was lost on Williams and other Democrats who are mightily fighting to finish off Mitt Romney.
“But — but let me say this to every American who is thinking about who should be our next president. No one will work harder. No one will care more. And no one will move heaven and earth like Mitt Romney to make this country a better place to live. [...] I can tell you Mitt Romney was not handed success. He built it. [...] I can’t tell you what will happen over the next four years. But I can only stand here tonight as a wife and a mother and a grandmother, an American, and make you this solemn commitment. This man will not fail.” - Mrs. Ann Romney
Whereas others were either loud or lacked a connection from their words to their heart, Mrs. Romney brought her voice down and you could sense everyone leaning in so as not to miss a word she was saying. With her focus of love, beginning with a word for the people in the path of Isaac, Mrs. Romney finally got her moment. No longer sitting in front of a reporter who was asking her questions that Mitt Romney should be answering, Ann Romney was delivering the one message she’s best at sharing. The love she has for Mitt Romney, the man whom she is convinced can shift the direction of the country.
All Juan Williams saw was a pampered “corporate wife” who couldn’t possibly relate to women who struggle. The common bond Ann Romney was linking to all mothers, all women, was worthless in his mind.
The disdain in Juan Williams’ words dripped out of his mouth.
The New York Times declared she was “too good.”
But the problem had nothing to do with Ann Romney, who delivered what she needed and then some.
The issue is the Republican platform that codifies forced pregnancy for women, while Ann Romney lauds how much we’re all loved by Republicans. It’s the inherent cruelty in the Ryan budget that Romney has embraced. It’s the callousness to what it means to be truly down and out with no family to get your back. It’s replacing we are our brothers and sisters keepers with “personal responsibility,” when people are willing but opportunity is missing. It appears in the lack of a path to upward mobility, but it is also something as basic as providing through policy a living wage over the minimum wage, to once again quote Tavis Smiley, which isn’t enough to survive on let alone support a family.