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May 30, 2013

Ann Romney solo interview reveals her thoughts on potential GOP candidates in 2016

  • Rep. Paul Ryan ”Mitt and I are very, very partial to Paul Ryan, but we don’t even know if he’s going to run.”
  • Gov. Chris Christie “Things are made into bigger things than people think…Chris is a great guy, and we love him. We have no bitterness towards him.”
  • Her Sons “I’d really have to think about it. It’s a very different environment right now, and I think that’s a sad commentary.” source
17:07 // 1 year ago
September 5, 2012

naturalpatina says: Isn't it unfair to compare those photos of Romney & Obama watching their wives speak? I may not be a fan of Romney at all, but, there's a big age difference between the kids in both photos. From personal experience, if I were any of the younger ones, I'd be completely disinterested in what was going on. To use their facial expressions in one photo to gauge how Romney's overall viewing experience was is unfair. Obama's kids are older, and better able to understand the significance of the speech.

» SFB says: We just thought it was intriguing that there were intimate photos of literally the same type of moment. We didn’t add anything to it other than the phrase ”Who had the better viewing experience?” Why overthink it? You can talk yourself out of anything by overthinking it. We decided to talk ourselves into posting the two photos side-by-side. — Ernie @ SFB

EDIT: And to be fair to Mitt, though that post was a reblog, there were other pics, like this Getty Images shot:

12:47 // 2 years ago
August 29, 2012
Ann Romney … looked to me like a corporate wife. The stories she told about struggles — eh! It’s hard for me to believe. I mean, she’s a very rich woman, and I know that, and America knows that.
Fox News contributor Juan Williams • Following Ann Romney’s Tuesday night speech at the Republican National Convention, widely received in conservative circles as one of the most effective speeches ever delivered by a politician’s wife, during post-speech coverage with fellow hosts Bret Baier, Brit Hume, and Megyn Kelly. Given his history of troublesome rhetoric, his co-hosts gave Williams a chance to explain. When asked by Kelly to clarify his “corporate wife” comments, Williams replied that Mrs. Romney’s clearly did not accurately represent a “tremendous” number of women. “She did not convince me that, ‘You know what, I understand the struggles of American women in general,” added Williams. So, do you think he went too far? source (viafollow)
17:15 // 2 years ago
August 25, 2012

Okay major networks, you win: Ann Romney’s RNC speech rescheduled

  • what The Republican National Convention will swap the times of some of its speakers to give potential first lady Ann Romney a Tuesday night speaking time.
  • why Stupid TV networks weren’t being cooperative, choosing to put mostly reruns during Romney’s original speaking time — 10:30 p.m. Monday evening. source

» Not making an appearance? Joe Biden: Days after the Democratic vice president scheduled a politically-unprecedented visit to Tampa to coincide with the other party’s convention, he cancelled it “due to disaster preparedness and local security concerns” regarding the potentially-damaging Hurricane Isaac, according to the Obama campaign. The convention is still on despite the oncoming hurricane, by the way.

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12:44 // 2 years ago
August 22, 2012

Which would you choose, reruns or Ann Romney?


New York Times:

At 10:30 on Monday night, Ann Romney is scheduled to take the stage at the Republican National Convention, in Act 1 of her husband’s four-day introduction to the nation. But tens of millions of people will not be able to watch.

CBS plans instead to show a rerun of “Hawaii Five-O,” its hit police series. Viewers of NBC will see a new episode of “Grimm,” about a homicide detective with the supernatural ability to sense evil. And ABC plans to show “Castle,” a series about a best-selling mystery novelist who helps solve crimes.

Misplaced priorities, or is this speech not that big a deal?

(via maxistentialist)

19:07 // 2 years ago
July 19, 2012

Despite conservative pressure, Mitt Romney’s tax returns won’t get released

  • cause The pressure on Mitt Romney to release more details on his taxes is rising. The practice, started up by Mitt’s father George, is a common one for major candidates, and Mitt is facing pressure from other conservatives to offer more details.
  • reaction Despite this, Romney isn’t backing down. Just this morning, his wife Ann told ABC News that “we’ve given all that people need to know” regarding his tax records. Does this info matter to you, potential voter in the 2012 election? source

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11:45 // 2 years ago
July 15, 2012

Oprah interviews the Romneys: Miss Winfrey took a trip to Massachusetts this weekend to talk with the Republican presidential candidate and his wife. The interview will run in her “O” Magazine. She remains a strong Obama supporter — an endorsement she first made in 2008, after years of keeping her political views of her media empire. Why haven’t we seen her campaign as hard as she did four years ago? “I will not be out there because I’m trying to fix a network.”  source

16:08 // 2 years ago
April 12, 2012

obitoftheday says: About the Rosen-Romney debate: As a stay-at-home parent with four kids (fine, homemaker) I wasn't insulted with Rosen's comment. Yes, I'm a dad but ask any parent who stays home and takes on a job, they never say they are taking a second job. They say they are "getting a job" or "going BACK to work." Yes parenting and taking care of a home is work, sure but it is not the same as having (having, not wanting) to work 9-5 and then coming home and taking care of kids. It's just not.

» SFB says: A fair counterpoint to our point on Hillary Rosen. — Ernie @ SFB

10:48 // 2 years ago



During an appearance on CNN Wednesday night, Democratic commentator Hilary Rosen questioned whether Ann Romney was qualified to be talking about women’s economic issues since she’s “never worked a day in her life.” The Romney campaign responded quickly with a series of tweets attacking the Obama campaign and Democrats for not respecting Ann Romney’s decision to be a stay-at-home mother. 

Again, WaPo’s Storify of the key tweets following these comments. 

And here’s Rosen’s response to the backlash this morning (spoiler: she’s not backtracking).

Our take: Rosen, who you might remember as the longtime mouthpiece of the RIAA (during the Napster era, no less!), is in the wrong here, and her comments just make Obama look bad. Which is why Obama’s aides were quick to back away from her comments.

10:31 // 2 years ago