Romneygaffe can't even properly defend his own wife

Romneygaffe can't even properly defend his own wife

by digby

If you wondered whether Romney really has no center, this should dispel any questions:
Mitt Romney tried to distance himself from the elite horse-dancing sport of dressage on Wednesday night, telling NBC’s Brian Williams that he doesn’t know anything about it – and doesn’t plan to watch his wife’s horse compete in the upcoming Olympics.

“It’s a big, exciting experience for my wife. I have to tell you, this is Ann’s sport,” Romney said. “I’m not even sure which day the sport goes on. She will get the chance to see it, I will not be watching the event. I hope her horse does well.”
This is low, even for him. This is his wife, to whom, by all accounts, he is completely devoted. And that was the best he could do?

Also too, he's just lying:
Romney’s coolness towards dressage is certainly a new development. The presumptive Republican nominee has talked extensively about his love of horses, and he has been deeply involved with his wife’s Olympic contender, Rafalca, in the past. The Romneys have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in the horse, and Mitt himself personally picked the music that Rafalca “danced” to at the World Cup.

Even if he couldn’t attend, it would be odd for a supposed family man — and Olympic enthusiast — to be unaware of what day his wife’s horse is competing.
He sure seemed up on the sport in this clip:

I don't think it's a big deal that Ann Romney is into dressage. She's got millions and she likes horses and that's one of the sports in which millionaires who like horses participate. (Personally, I think that cross country and show jumping are less cruel to the animals, but that's just me.) But it's absurd for them to try to hide it or pretend that it isn't a big deal for their horse to be in the Olympics --- especially since Mitt is supposedly Mr Olympics! Who do they think they're fooling?

Mitt should have just said that Ann's horse is competing and the family is very excited and hopes he brings home the Gold for the USA. Jesus, how hard is it for this guy to be a human being?

Update: On the subject of dressage, if you missed this from Stephen Colbert you must watch it immediately. (And good on the American dressage coach for being such a good sport too.)

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