Ann Romney and the GOP: Courting the Mom Vote

Ann Romney was after the mom vote big time at the Republican Convention last night.

Moms hold the country together.

Moms sigh a lot.

Moms worry a lot.

She was a mom who worried a lot.

But she trusted Mitt and she got through her motherhood experience.

So all of us moms should trust Mitt, too!

I hate to break it to her speech writers, but that’s not really enough to convince American moms that they should love Mitt in November.

Ann and the Republicans missed a golden opportunity by leaving out the one thing working moms of all political persuasions wanted to hear¬† — what will her husband DO to help working mothers (and fathers)? How will his policies help families keep a roof over their heads, bring home a living wage and provide for their kids?

Throughout the evening’s speeches, the recurrent them of “We Built It” was everywhere. And the sub-theme was this — you have to be willing to take a risk of failure in order to succeed. Except the GOP has missed one thing — most American families can’t take that risk.¬† Even if they’d like to start a business or quit a current job to launch an enterprise, when you have people relying on you for a paycheck and, hopefully, health insurance, it is no light decision to leap into an entrepreneurial abyss and hope to come out with a successful business on the other side.

For those who have, that’s great. And for those who have done it with no family money and no government support, I applaud you. But that rarely happens, and the Romneys are doing a good job of not talking about the success stories, including some of their own, that wouldn’t have been possible but for financial help from others, including Uncle Sam.

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4 Responses to “Ann Romney and the GOP: Courting the Mom Vote”

  1. Lisse Says:

    I have the feeling that Ann Romney lives in a world where it is perpetually 1952 and women didn’t talk about policy.

    Does make you wonder what she’d take on as her special cause if she ever got to be FLOTUS.

  2. Julie Marsh Says:

    It’s off-putting for any candidate (or candidate’s wife) to assume that membership in a common group confers common views (or that it *should*). I didn’t like it when Elizabeth Edwards made such an assumption at BlogHer07 (“probably most of the women in this room believe all the same things”), and I didn’t like it when Ann Romney did the same last night.

    I don’t deny that as women, wives, and mothers, we have certain things in common. But in no way does that logically imply that our views on policy will align too. I love my husband and children as she does hers; however, that love has no bearing in a political discussion.

  3. PunditMom Says:

    Julie, I know we’ve talked about the Elizabeth Edwards thing, and you are right. That’s one of the issues I continue to have about the whole “mom” meme in the blogosphere and elsewhere. We’re not monolithic (or, if you’ll excuse me, “mom-o-lithic!”) but so many think that they can effectively reach mothers with that kind of message.

    And thank you for saying what I’ve been thinking too — I’m glad she loves her husband and that he loves her. But that has no impact on whether I’d vote for Romney, Obama, Ron Paul or Elmo. (Well, I’d totally vote for Elmo).

  4. Daisy Says:

    Moms are women, and women need to look closely at issues like access to health care, birth control, and the right to make their own decisions. Doesn’t sound like a Romney presidency will provide those to moms like me and daughters like mine.

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