A wounded and yet staunchly unafraid and brave Ann Romney took to CBS this morning to tell Americans how evil Obama wanted to kill her husband but not on her watch!
Cue the red, white and blue tissues, as Ann erases the July 4th picture of Mitt and herself on jet skis at their 8 million dollar vacation retreat with this, “Early on, we heard what their strategy was, it was kill Romney. That was the memo that came out from their campaign. It’s like, not when I’m next to him you better not!”
This hearty American mama grizzly sentiment was met by her husband’s gun-fire cacophony of down home, easy going laughter. Ain’t we all just so American?
“I feel like all he’s doing is saying, ‘Let’s kill this guy,” she said, seated next to her husband, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, in an exclusive interview with CBS News chief political correspondent Jan Crawford. “And I feel like that’s not really a very good campaign policy.
“I feel like Mitt’s got the answers to turn this country around,” she continued. “He’s the one that’s got to bring back hope for this country, which is what they ran on last time. But the truth is, this is the one that has the hope for the – for America.”
As of yet, I am unable to locate this email wherein the Obama campaigned cited killing Romney as his plan, but I did find an email of a Democratic strategist allegedly aligned with the White House (but remained anonymous in the Politico story), who wrote last August, “Unless things change and Obama can run on accomplishments, he will have to kill Romney.” (Apparently a metaphor, as in kill his character.)
Lucky for Romney, Obama can now run on accomplishments as ObamaCares was upheld by the Supreme Court — not to mention the very successful auto bailout, unemployment benefits extended, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, he’s done a lot for veterans, created The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, got Osama, ended the war in Iraq, slated the draw down of troops in Afghanistan and much more. Obama did complete 85% of his first term agenda in the first two years, after all.
Ann said, “I feel like all he’s (Obama) doing is saying, ‘Let’s kill this guy.'” Only, Obama didn’t say that. He didn’t say anything like that. See how Ann just attributed to Obama directly via her “feelings” something done by a strategist? Sorta like if I said I felt Romney wanted to kill Gabby Giffords because of what Sarah Palin did with her crosshairs. Not exactly fair or honest. But still, jet skis!
Ann seems to mean for us to take this threat literally, or else why did she say, “Not while I’m sitting next to him!” as in, she’s going to take the bullet for him or defend him from the Obama fire because she is sitting next to him… Oh dear.
Though we’re told that words are just “rhetoric” by Republicans — we won’t, we won’t we won’t take responsibility for anything! Nah-nah-nah! Both sides do it! One bad apple! Target shooting with your picture is funny even after real people get shot! — some of us harbor the idea that words matter. Sure, it was a private email and yes, it was a metaphor and war metaphors are used in politics, but still. Doh. Wake up people. ‘Kill’? Bad, bad person who wrote this email.
That kind of talk is better left to Republicans, like Ted Nugent, whose support Romney chased down like a tea stalker. Rmuse wrote, “Nugent is notorious for saying that Senator Barack Obama “suck on” his “machine gun,” while pleading with “worthless bitch” and then-Senator Hillary Clinton to “ride” his machine gun” along with “worthless whore” Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).” Yes, that Ted Nugent. The one who was investigated by the Secret Service after his latest stunt, and who claimed that the Romney campaign showed support for his violent rhetoric.
ABC reported, “The no-holds-barred Texas rocker told CBS’ “This Morning” that Romney’s campaign told him to “stay on course” and not to tone it down after Nugent said he will “either be dead or in jail by this time next year” if President Obama is re-elected.” Stay on course, sir!
Still, none of it is right, and yet Ann grasps at the last remaining Palin straw of using self-pity and “they’re all against us!” to rally the base. An anonymous email that was allegedly written by someone associated with the White House isn’t quite the same as the President saying it, or anyone from his campaign saying it publicly, let alone using it for campaign donations or saying it on national television. It’s not as if they put Mitt’s “district” behind crosshairs, because we all know THAT’S OKAY.
Point being, it wasn’t being said to rile up the base – it was in a private and then leaked email, and was obviously metaphorical unlike Nugent’s mad ramblings. But seriously, we’d have Mitt’s emails if he hadn’t taken all of the computers and servers with him when he left his roped-off for the Emperor Governor’s office, and I can bet there are some juicies. Course, we’ll never know, ‘cuz Mitt so Caymaned those.
Still, who can fault Ann Romney for accusing the President of wanting to kill her husband? After all, death vernacular is so Republican. It’s just quaint and cute. It’s sort of all-American, red, white and blue!
Leave Mitt Romney alone!
He’s not weird, he’s not strange, he’s not aloof, he’s not! Obama wants to kill him just like he wants to kill everyone else! See! LOVE MITT! LOVE HIM OR DAMN YOU TO HELL WITHOUT AN ELEVATOR FOR YOUR CAR! Stupid Americans. Didn’t you see the color of Ann’s shirt? She IS America!
Here’s hoping Michelle Obama goes on Oprah to tell Americans that Mitt Romney wants to kill Barack, but not while she is sitting next to her man, ‘cuz she’s gonna grizzly it up against evil, mean, dangerous, axe-wielding, weird Mitt.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
Sarah hosts Politicus News and co-hosts Politicus Radio. Her analysis has been featured on several national radio, television news programs and talk shows, and print outlets including Stateside with David Shuster, as well as The Washington Post, The Atlantic Wire, CNN, MSNBC, The Week, The Hollywood Reporter, and more.
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