Mitt Romney’s Marie Antoinette Moment

Ann can’t help Mitt Romney anymore.

She tried to paint a portrait of a kinder and gentler Mitt at the Republican National Convention. Just a boy who wanted to date a girl. Just a dad devoted to his kids. Just a husband who would care for his ailing wife, even though he wouldn’t offer to cook for her. (It never occurred to him that he and his five sons might actually be able to cook some pasta or burgers themselves?)

What lady voter could resist such charm and helplessness in the kitchen? But I digress.

Just a guy who doesn’t know why he wants to be President of the United States.

Thanks to secret videos that have just come to light, we can see the real Mitt Romney and his disdain for the “47 percent” — those he says pay no income taxes and who he believes are unlikely to vote for him.  As surprisingly honest as that was for him, that wasn’t the most  shocking thing he said. This was — it turns out that in Mitt’s America, food is an entitlement:

Who knew that eating was just for the rich?

There’s plenty of good political fodder to dissect in the videos that Mother Jones has made public, not the least of which is taking note of Romney’s comfortable and assured affect when speaking to members of his tribe, as opposed the strained, pretend smiley candidate-of-the-people face he wears on the campaign trail.

It doesn’t surprise me in the least that Romney and his gazillionaire buddies have extraordinary contempt for people like my parents, the small family farmers who’ve had years when the only way they made ends meet was due to a few small government programs (ENTITLEMENTS!) and crop insurance (that they paid for). But it shocks me that some people with extreme wealth believe that even the bare essentials of life are off-bounds to those who barely manage to scrape by.

Who knew that Romney was related to Marie Antoinette? Sadly, she didn’t survive to see the house that was being prepared for her here in America to escape the mobs she thought could eat cake. Similarly, the house that Romney hopes is being prepared for him is now, officially, out of his reach.

It doesn’t matter how much money he gives to his church.

It doesn’t matter how much time he’s personally given to help those less fortunate.

It doesn’t matter that his wife loves moms.

It probably doesn’t even matter that he insulted half of all Americans (the ones he supposedly wants to represent) because our cultural ADHD means many voters will have forgotten about this moment before they step into the voting booths in November.

What matters about all these videos is that his “inelegant” remarks have revealed his true Marie Antoinette meets Ebeneezer Scrooge personality.

The Republican nominee for president can explain the food-as-entitlement remark away all he wants. But if the Democrats want to seal the deal with America, they’ll make sure that small moment of these now-infamous videos  hits the airwaves every single day until November 6. Because one thing the 99 percent can agree on is this — we all know what it’s like to be hungry. But as my friend Jaelithe Judy so eloquently wrote, you never forget going hungry. And if food is an entitlement in Mitt Romney’s world, going hungry will be something many more people will discover if he moves into the White House.

Let them eat pistachio cake?

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6 Responses to “Mitt Romney’s Marie Antoinette Moment”

  1. Elizabeth Aquino Says:

    You go, Pundit Mom. This is EXCELLENT!

  2. PunditMom Says:

    Thanks, Elizabeth!

  3. Suzie Says Says:

    Where do I begin? You have just insulted all stay at home moms and you didn’t even know it. Not only that but how do you know any of this information. How do you know that Mr. Romney never cooked a meal or helped around the house. What does that even have to do with anything. Can you prove that Mr. Obama has done any of those things for his family? I am always amazed at what you will write to deflect the issues. What fault do you find with Mr. Romney’s comments. Isn’t it true that 47 percent don’t pay income tax? Why would someone vote for a person who may make them pay “their fair share”? Isn’t that why Mr. Obama continues to give handouts. He knows that once you give someone a handout, he most likely can count on their vote. (I will leave the debate over whether or not most of these citizens even need these expenditures).
    As to your snide remarks about his financial situation. Aren’t Mr. Obama’s children living a life most Americans want to condem. What if Mr. Obama’s children want to run for office one day. Will you say, “How can she know anything about the common man, she grew up with a silver spoon”?

  4. PunditMom Says:

    Suzie, I hardly think I’ve offended all stay at home moms. I believe you’ve misunderstood the point of the argument

  5. Hannah Says:

    I love your blog and appreciate the sentiments in this specific blog post, but I have to defend Marie Antoinette here. There is no evidence that she ever uttered the words “let them eat cake”. That quote being attributed to other princesses before her time and even a Chinese emperor.

    It seems unfair that she lost her head and then all these years later, still has to contend with being attached to a callous and ignorant quote. Girl can’t catch a break.

  6. Joanne Bamberger aka PunditMom Says:

    Hannah, I know, you’re right. :( Poor Marie does get unfairly tagged with that (though most people still think she said it!) :(

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