2. Ann Romney is NOT a non-combatant. She's willingly made herself so.
When she puts herself out there side-by-side with her husband at rallies and speeches and personal appearances, being interviewed, standing there taking questions, taking the spotlight, not a shrinking violet, SHE IS A COMBATANT. She joined the volunteer army alright. She's in it and like it or not, she's a target. Kind of a soft target for now, but still, a target.
At the same time, I'm sure she NEVER had to "work" that struggle between "do I take my kid to the doctor, or do I buy meat for my family's dinner tonight?" Her worry might have been - which Cadillac do I drive my kid to the doctor in? If you're a stay-at-home mom because you can easily afford it, because you're lucky enough to have married a high-roller, it's not the same! If you're sitting on a cushion of "200 million, 250 million, gee, I'm not sure how much money I have..." IT'S DIFFERENT. Did she stay at home raising those boys AND have to stay out of trouble with a boss at work? Did she have the inner AND outer struggle of "serving two masters" as so many working moms do? No.
She's not a sympathetic character to me, especially with her five healthy robust silver-spoon sons who never served in the military, and a husband who got rich by firing people and carving companies up and shipping jobs overseas and wants to cut funding for the needy so the rich can do better. Of course she'll be painted that way by the media and we'll have to grit our teeth and deal with it for awhile. It's unfortunate that Hillary Rosen stepped into it. That's gonna cause us trouble and Rosen knows better.