On Thursday, May 10, Ann Romney, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s wife, wrote this at USA Today:
“Cherish your mothers. The ones who wiped your tears, who were at every ball game or ballet recital. The ones who believed in you, even when nobody else did, even when maybe you didn’t believe in yourself.
“Women wear many hats in their lives. Daughter, sister, student, breadwinner. But no matter where we are or what we’re doing, one hat that moms never take off is the crown of motherhood.
“There is no crown more glorious.”
Personally, I think the piece starts out cute enough, though perhaps a bit on the cheesy side. And from an editorial perspective, I could criticize the second paragraph for its logical progression and the last line for its archaic feel.
But that’s because I’m a snobby word-critic who knows she could write the sweet sentiment in a less silly sounding way. Newsweek/Daily Beast Senior Contributor Michelle Goldberg, on the other hand, really doesn’t have a leg to stand on for her own biting commentary of the thought and its source.
Appearing on MSNBC’s Up with Chris Hayes, she expressed her opinion that: “It can’t only be me that maybe initially saw Ann Romney as maybe a sympathetic or neutral figure but who is increasingly seeing her as someone who is kind of insufferable because of the way she’s milking this thing,” i.e. motherhood.
Goldberg continued with “You know, yes, mother is beautiful. I found that phrase ‘the crown of motherhood’ really kind of creepy, not just because of its, like, somewhat, you know, I mean, it’s kind of usually really authoritarian societies that give out like The Cross of Motherhood, that give awards for big families. You know, Stalin did it, Hitler did it.”
Criticize Goldberg for her appalling lack of verbal cohesion. Mock her for her juvenile usage of the word “like.” Point out how far she’s reaching in order to derive genocidal maniacs from a generic Mothers’ Day reminder.
Go ahead, because it would all be valid.