08.27.2012 4

Ann Romney scares Obama more than anyone

NRD Editor’s Note: This column originally appeared at TheHill.com.

By Rick Manning — In November, the presidential election is likely going to come down to a left brain-versus-right brain decision.

Obama’s campaign, desperate to change the subject from anything related to his actual job performance, has engaged in a summer ad spending spree attempting to define Mitt Romney as a greedy, out-of-touch, selfish operator who will enrich his friends at the expense of the rest of America.

Romney, on the other hand, has successfully tied the economy and American’s general dissatisfaction with the direction of the country to Obama.

The rational side of the brain tells voters that Obama has failed, the economy is terrible and they can’t trust the data being fed to them by the government statisticians because it doesn’t reflect what they see in their own lives.

Between parents having their college graduates come home to occupy what Mom had hoped to be a sewing room, $50 minimum to fill up at the gas station and a general feeling that things are worse than they were before Obama took office, voters are ready to fire the incumbent.

Is there any doubt why Obama desperately wants voters to focus on Romney’s tax returns, and the oft-repeated scare tactic that the Ryan Medicare plan will hurt seniors? Obama has to shift the focus off of his own performance and onto making Romney an unsympathetic, untrustworthy character.

Romney, on the other hand, has to at least narrow the likability gap between himself and Obama.

Because Obama’s real chance for reelection is that for some reason, people like him and want to believe in him. Even when all the objective evidence screams that he either doesn’t have a clue what he is doing or is so ideologically driven that he doesn’t care about the havoc that he is wreaking on the economy, people like him.

That’s why Ann Romney might be the most important speaker at next week’s Republican convention. She is the only one who can credibly tell the Mitt Romney story and narrow the likability gap.

No matter what it takes or whose ego gets bruised, the Romney campaign has to get Ann Romney into a nationally televised convention slot.

It is Ann Romney who can talk about a life of public service with no expectation of personal gain. Only she can give personal anecdotes that humanize the somewhat plastic-looking Mitt. It is Ann Romney who, through her eyes, can help America see the Mitt she fell in love with and has stayed married to for more than 40 years.

Ultimately, America doesn’t need to see why Chris Christie likes Mitt Romney; it needs to hear Ann Romney tell their family story.

America deserves to be introduced to the man who would be president by the person who knows him best, rather than solely through smarmy 30-second attack ads. After hearing Ann Romney speak, America’s right brain just might be more comfortable with what its left brain has been telling it. And that’s what Obama fears most.

Rick Manning is the communications director of Americans for Limited Government — all views expressed are his own.

  • Ann Romney talking about her private life with Mitt Romney will not change that the man has flip-flopped and lied about every major issue. You can’t ‘humanize’ a man whose record and rhetoric prove to make him a habitual liar, and one who has no regrets for being so. He’ll just say something different to appease you at the moment, if you don’t like it. I’m sure Obama is good to his wife and kids, too, sure as heck doesn’t make him any less of a disaster to the country, nor does Ann Romney do so for Mitt. The GOP has shot itself in the foot and put the final nail in its coffin … and quite possibly into the country.

  • Disgusted

    Why is it people don’t like people who want a good life for their family and are willing to work hard to achieve that goal. Mitt Romney is the best choice to get the greatest nation out of the problems Obama has added to the middle class & the lower class. If you are on welfare you don’t have to look for work and you get a check every month, that is appauling. I had to work to get a check each month and not depend on a hand out. Everyone needs to listen to his wife and get to know Mitt Romney.

  • Wow. Grow up. Nowhere did I say that I was on welfare. Nowhere did I say I support Obama. Nowhere did I say that I don’t like people who want a good life for their family and are willing to work hard to achieve that goal. NOWHERE. Are you completely illiterate, or just partially? What I said is that he is a LIAR, JUST LIKE OBAMA, not matter how ‘nice’ he is to his wife! Try actually looking up the guy’s record instead of throwing out some ignorant, irrelevant strawman arguments! You know, like supporting TARP, government stimulus, bailouts, no audit of the Fed, unending wars, stating that he can go to war without a declaration or approval from Congress and without following the WPR … Everything you fake conservatives supposedly hate about Obama! Bunch if lying, deceitful hypocrites! The GOP has NO sense of conservatism left! You are all frauds! Not one more Republican will get a vote from me again, EVER! I’m tired of you all stealing from me, you know, stealing what my FAMILY WORKS HARD TO ACHIEVE, then lying and deceiving people with your pathetic rhetoric and drivel, like we’re all too darned stupid to research actual voting records and history! The GOP put the last nail in its own coffin!

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