In an interview, reported here, Ann Romney steadfastly refused to talk about certain issues, the uglier side of the Repugs. As the privileged queen she is, already having decided what we the public can know about their taxes and investments, naturally she isn’t going to let anyone else distract her on-message talking points. We have no right to ask her questions, only listen to what she wants to talk about. Talk about being spoiled and totally disrespecting the rest of us.
Well, Ann, you’ve chosen to be a political figure. You endorse a politic party and its policies and its standard-bearer. Some of those policies are picked just to sell you to your wingnuts. Naturally you know these policies, and frankly your hate, doesn’t sell well to the general public. So you believe you can stand for all these awful things but decline to talk about them when someone tries to shine some light on exactly who you are.
Now I think any person, even political people, have the right not to speak just as much as to speak. If you don’t want to answer a reporter’s question, fine, you have no absolute obligation to do so. But your answer is to deny that the question is even valid. How dare anyone ask you about something you don’t want to talk about. How dare the public for wanting to know. You’ll probably be the first and last person of the day to speak to the man you want to be president, maybe even your views matter to.
You may have the right to decline to speak, but you do not have the right to define the discussion. Wouldn’t it be wonderful, for any of us, to only talk about what we want to. Imagine a job interview (which after all this is) where the job candidate simply refuses to answer questions the interviewer asks, bad enough, but then the candidate goes further and says they get to define the questions that get discussed in the interview. Duh, do you really think you’d get the job. Oh yeah, you’ve never had a job since you get to live off the fat of the land (although with Bain it wasn’t just the “fat”, but the bones and flesh and muscle and spirit, whatever you could steal). No interviews don’t work that way.
I look at Ann Romney and see someone who is so oriented to privilege that she believes rules don’t apply to her. You’re sounding a lot like Leona Helmsley (of, “only little people pay taxes fame”) She is indigent about entirely reasonable questions because how dare a mere reporter or the public dare to intrude on her queenhood and ask her to descend from her throne long enough to actually explain exactly why we should want her ideas and her husband. No, it’s not her right to decline to answer that is at issue here – it is her self-perceived right that only she can decide what there is to talk about and the rest of us peons can just go fu*k ourselves, ideally painfully and after paying a management fee to Bain.
If ever a presidential candidate represented entitlement of the privileged (and is oblivious about it) and one of his campaign supporters represented entitled of the elite, this couple does it. We are mere flies at their picnic and we have no right to ask questions, just get out of the way so they can be anointed with their next “achievement”.
No, Ann, you may think your royalty but it doesn’t work that way. Are we in for trouble if this Marie Antoinette gets her palace at 1600 Pennsylvania (of course, compared to all the other homes it’s probably too shabby for her).