You knew this campaign was going to get super weird and super low, but we’ve hit a new low today with the battle of the grieving women. It starts with a dead Navy SEAL, Glen Doherty. Mitt Romney’s been talking about him on the campaign trail. In a weird twist, the mother of Doherty called her local press to complain about it, adding, “I don’t trust Romney.” The story broke on 7 News, WHDH in Boston. Doherty is from nearby Winchester. Video is at the link.
I’d suggest getting that dig in was the real reason for the call and and that there’s a 90% chance that Barbara Doherty is an Obama supporter. Here’s her full quote, just so you can see why I would make these assumptions.
“I don’t trust Romney. He shouldn’t make my son’s death part of his political agenda. It’s wrong to use these brave young men, who wanted freedom for all, to degrade Obama.”
Bolding mine. She doesn’t seem to actually care that Obama’s choices had the effect of degrading her son’s life to nothing, she’s just seems to be worried that Romney’s speech will “degrade Obama.” Romney immediately agreed to stop talking about him. What else could he do?
If that approach seems insensitive, there’s one thing I left out. Romney is using the story because he actually met Glen Doherty. He’s basically been saying he was told a few days ago that one of the SEALs who died in Benghazi was this guy he met, and how sad he is because he liked the guy. And that’s it.
This, of course, has the stink of the Obama campaign all over it, because who else is going to try to prevent people from talking about their own personal experiences except them, and specifically because it might hurt The One?
But you, know, Romney has a lot of these kind of narratives to fall back on. He also talks about Chris Horton, an Air National Guard sniper recently killed in Afghanistan.
And, in an interesting turn of events, someone found Horton’s widow. Called up by an ABC reporter, she had this to say:
“Wow,” the 26-year-old said. “I had no idea.
“To be honest, I’ve been through a lot and I’m not a super emotional person but it brings me to tears,” Horton said in an interview with ABC News, after being informed of her husband’s newfound spot on the national stage. “Not that he’s telling my story, but that he’s telling my husband’s story, it means the world to me.
“One of the last things my husband said to me before he was killed, when I would ask him, ‘Chris, what do you need over there? What can I send you?’ he said, ‘I need a new president[.]'”
Now ABC was obviously hoping for another gotcha moment, but were denied.
Horton said nobody from the campaign reached out to her to ask if it was OK for Romney to use her story in his speech, but she is “deeply humbled” by the news.
“I thought it was just a onetime thing,” Horton said.
This angle must be testing through to the roof for the campaigns to duke it out through these dueling grieving women like this. I can’t tell if this if for campaign trail talking points, or if the campaigns are planting debate seeds. Either way, I find it all a little nausea-inducing considering these are dead troops we’re talking about here. What’s your take?