Re: The Importance of Ann Romney

I agree with Jonathan that the most important role Ann Romney will play tonight is helping to humanize Mitt, and tell the personal stories about him that he’s either been too modest or too uncomfortable onstage to talk about himself. From the excerpts released by the Romney campaign, it sounds like that’s exactly what Ann plans to do (h/t Playbook):

“Tonight I want to talk to you from my heart about our hearts. I want to talk not about what divides us, but what holds us together as an American family. I want to talk to you tonight about that one great thing that unites us, that one thing that brings us our greatest joy when times are good, and the deepest solace in our dark hours. Tonight I want to talk to you about love.”

The delivery of the speech will, in some ways, be more important than the content. Of course she’s going to say wonderful things about Mitt; she’s his wife, and he’s running for political office. But Ann Romney has been such a key surrogate to her husband throughout the campaign because of her demeanor; where he’s been awkward and stiff, she’s been charming and genuine. That’s what her task will be tonight.