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Ann Romney's poignant desperation

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"This man will lift up America! I said tonight I wanted to talk to you about love — look into your hearts. You can trust Mitt. He loves America. He will take us to a better place, just as he took me home safely from that dance."

What Mrs. Romney's romantic speech didn't seem to consider is that women don't use their hearts to decide who to elect president. They use their minds, too.

Women don't particularly care what Mitt Romney says his feelings for them and their nation might be. After all, no presidential nominee in history has ever professed less than deep love for his country. Female voters care what Mitt Romney's thoughts are — on reproductive rights, the economy, equal pay, education, childcare, and all the other issues that affect them.

It's the kind of thing that seems to escape people like Romney and GOP senate candidate Tom Smith, who assumed that women were "talking about shoes" at a Paul Ryan campaign event. 

What the Romneys really think about women

If Ann and Mitt Romney cared about American women as much as they insist they do, they would in the first place not be representatives of the Republican party, whose policies and philosophies (as evidenced in the video above) breed an ignorance, disdain, and even hatred of women and women's issues.

Mrs. Romney's husband wants to "get rid of" Planned Parenthood. He thinks that the state should have the right to ban contraception entirely. He called Roe v. Wade "one of the darkest moments in Supreme Court history". As Governor, he vetoed a law that would require Massachusetts hospitals to provide emergency contraception to rape victims. He believes the state should define life as beginning at conception.

His campaign won't say whether Mitt would have signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which makes it easier for women to file pay discrimination lawsuits. He called VP nominee Paul Ryan's infamous budget — the budget that would have denied Medicaid to between 14 and 27 million people, about two thirds of them women — "marvelous".

The list goes on and on.

"You are the best of America. You are the hope of America. There would not be an America without you," Mrs. Romney told female voters . "Tonight, we salute you and sing your praises."

I'm sure American women are grateful for the GOP's salutations and for Mrs. Romney's love. But what they need most right now is respect: respect for their right to equality as United States citizens, and as human beings.

Hey, Governor Chris Christie might have been on to something after all.

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