There is much to admire about Ann Romney. Her indomitable spirit and her inner resources in the face of adversity. Her selfless devotion to her family. Her deep and abiding love of her husband. Her religious faith. Her good works. Her fundamental decency.
So I tread cautiously when I take exception to her in any way. But, nevertheless, I must.
Yes, Ann has perhaps one annoying flaw: she has a tendency to display what I will charitably call a patrician attitude. She puts on airs. Yesterday on the radio airwaves in Iowa, she felt compelled to defend her husband against recent attacks from within his own party. Many Republicans have been positioning themselves at arm's length from Mitt's injudicious dismissive comments about the 47% who don't pay income taxes. Conservative pundits have been flaying Mitt also. Even campaign sachem Tim Pawlenty has ridden off into the sunset for a new day in the private sector.
So Ann reacted defensively. When asked what she would say to these putative betrayers on the Right, she bristled, "Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring." She was taking no prisoners. "It's time for all Americans to realize how significant this election is and how lucky we are to have someone with Mitt's qualifications and experience and know-how to be able to have the opportunity to run this country."
Even after one makes allowances for the loyalty of a wife, these remarks are rather off-setting. The chilly tone of her voice only served to etch more clearly this impression. Here was the aristocrat giving orders. The wannabe Queen Victoria tut-tutting 'We are not amused".
OK. Tell us about your husband's qualifications. But lay off about how lucky we are that he's running. There's no royalty in America. We rejected those heirs over two centuries ago.