Via LGF, another reminder that “Mitt” Romney is a mean prick, even to his own “beloved”
Also, if I am not careful, what David Brookes is to DougJ or Megan McArdle to Tom Levenson, Kathleen “Silk Magnolia” Parker will be to me:
… Ann Romney, wife of the presumptive Republican nominee, recently became a target of ridicule when it was revealed that she co-owns an Olympian horse that will compete in dressage, a sport she apparently enjoys… Dressage and horseback riding in general offer other rewards, including therapy for people who suffer maladies from physical disabilities to emotional imbalances….
For Ann Romney, riding has been helpful in dealing with her multiple sclerosis. Indeed, horseback riding is a commonly recommended activity for MS sufferers…
Why, then, have some seen fit to ridicule Ann Romney’s choice of activities? Leading the charge on the political side has been MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, who, while insisting that he wasn’t commenting on Romney’s MS, pointed out that the Romneys treat the horse as a business rather than a health expense…
Because, Ms. Parker, if my doctor tells me to spend some time on a stationary bike to combact obesity-related health issues, I don’t get to claim money sent to Lance Armstrong (or his alleged blood-doping suppliers) as a medical expense or a business loss on my tax forms. I have every sympathy for Mrs. Romney — who, apart from her physical issues, has been living in the Romney compound since she was in high school — but even the Roman emperors knew that buying an Olympic athlete is not the same as being an Olympic athlete. Although Caligula might’ve approved of Mrs. Romney’s pet Olympian:
For example, did you know that the average family spends a little over $16,000 on housing per year, and Rafalca’s housing costs nearly $29,000? That Rafalca’s clothing costs $10,000 per year? That the Romneys shell out $15,420 carting that four legged Fauntleroy from place to place?
Hat tip to Paul Constant (“The punchline to all this is that Mitt Romney can’t go a full day without referring to Barack Obama as out of touch with the average American.”) for word of Rafalca Romney on Twitter… sister site to Dogs Against Romney?