Very little surprises me anymore when it comes from the political left. And you can surely understand. A movement that finds a way to legitimize a “medical procedure” that involves sawing off the head of a child in the womb is one that you really can’t be surprised at when they do something despicable. Massacring kids pretty much takes the cake.
So when I say that the left was “surprising” me in the way they are going after Republican presumptive nominee Mitt Romney’s wife in this campaign, don’t mistake that for me expecting a level of class or dignity that the left consistently proves that it lacks. No, my surprise isn’t at their lack of ethical boundaries, but rather at their lack of political wisdom.
First of all, let’s get the facts established. It’s only been a matter of a month and a few weeks since it was pretty well known that Romney was going to be the nominee for the Republican Party. And since that time, the Obamabots have gone after Ann Romney no fewer than four explicit times:
Hilary Rosen, with her "never worked a day in her life" line, was infamously first. As documented at NewsBusters, the president of NOW subsequently derided Ann Romney as lacking in "life experience" and "imagination". Then, feminist author Michelle Goldberg attacked Ann as "insufferable," her writing as "creepy," and even compared her to Hitler and Stalin.
Latest to join the all-women lineup of Ann bashers: Betsey Stevenson. A former top economist in the Obama administration, appearing on Chris Hayes's MSNBC this morning, Stevenson accused Ann, along with Mitt, of "really having no empathy for people."
BETSEY STEVENSON: And then there's this other issue, which is portraying him as a guy who has no empathy for people. And that really resonates, because he comes across as a guy who has no empathy for people, in many different dimensions. You know, you've got the gay-bashing thing when he was in high school. You've got his wife saying I don't feel rich, even though I'm richer than 99.99% of Americans. I mean, they come across as really having no empathy for people.
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Or maybe, sweet Betsey, she means that the way they interact with people, relate to people, talk with people, love people is not indicative of those who are ridiculously wealthy and aloof. Maybe she means precisely the opposite of what you are alleging: that they don’t use their wealth to isolate and disassociate themselves from average citizens.
But of course, this is just part of the left’s larger strategy of demonizing the Romneys because they have been successful. As Jon Lovitz so “eloquently” put it: they are among those who were told to take advantage of the opportunities of America and “go for it,” only to be demonized when they do and become successful. It’s part of the left’s communist-based hate and envy campaign.
Now, that is annoying when it’s aimed at Mitt, but it’s alarming and surprising when it’s aimed towards Ann. For all outward appearances, Ann appears to be a calm, happy, congenial and kind individual who has overcome some difficult personal and familial challenges in raising a family. The ire that seems to stir in the left is bizarre, yet unmistakable. These folks on the left are at war with everything we’ve traditionally understood to be “American.” And they’re willing to go after a candidate’s wife to wage it.