Help for Ann Romney’s speech writers
It’s hard to tell what actually got said in this bit from the HuffPo, but…Ann Romney’s comments about not feeling wealthy because she has MS rather reinforces the criticisms of clueless wealthy people:
In an interview Monday on Fox News, the wife of the Republican presidential front-runner, Ann Romney, was asked about criticism that her husband can seem out of touch with average Americans. His worth has been estimated as high as $250 million.
Mrs. Romney said her struggle with multiple sclerosis has given her compassion for people who are suffering from multiple sclerosis, cancer or other diseases.
“We can be poor in spirit, and I don’t even consider myself wealthy, which is an interesting thing,” Mrs. Romney said. “It can be here today and gone tomorrow.”
The last bit of that quote makes me think she was saying something that had more to do with health as being realwealth.
MS is terrible disease, but I’m pretty sure that being a millionaire helps out there. Rather a lot. MS symptom management medications are wildly expensive. And while your husband is zooming around talking about undoing Obamacare, pointing out that you don’t “feel” rich because you have a disease that is much, much more manageable when you have money and insurance than when you don’t does not help your case that you understand what others in America, even others in America who share your suffering with this horrible disease, struggle with.
I don’t feel fat, either, but the BMI says I am. Majorly. Just like she’s pretty well-to-do, and always has been.
So what’s the stronger approach for Romney here, to win more empathy and respect? Here’s one: