Kathleen “I don’t get it” Parker defends the everywomanness of Anne Romney, her soul sister from another trust fund:
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post: Ann Romney has a horse. So what? — The punch line is at least as old as the eldest baby boomer: “I didn’t get a pony.” — Here’s Jerry Seinfeld: “I hated those kids [who had ponies]. In fact, I hate anyone that ever had a pony when they were growing up.” — Why is this funny?
I don’t know. Pull that silver spoon out of your … er, mouth and pay attention.
… The lawsuit, which was mentioned in a New York Times story last month, was filed in 2010 by a woman in San Diego who had bought Super Hit from Romney and her trainers, Jan and Amy Ebeling. The woman, Catherine Norris, sued Romney for fraud after the horse allegedly proved physically incapable of performing as a dressage horse.
The case with Romney was settled last September and she is no longer involved in the lawsuit.
According to a toxicology report provided to the horse’s vet and testimony from a veterinarian, Dr. Steven Soule, included in the lawsuit, Super Hit had three sedative pain killers and one narcotic pain killer in her system when the horse was examined to check her condition pre-sale. The drugs were Butorphanol, Delomidine, Romifidine, and Xylatine. Soule, who has been the United States Equestrian Team veterinarian since 1978, writes, “In my 38 years of practice, I have never come across a drug screen such as this where the horse has been administered so many different medications at the same time.” The horse had a defect in its foot, and Norris’s lawyers alleged that the Ebelings had drugged the horse in order to hide its condition.
Evidently Anne Romney dumped a lame, drugged horse off for $125,000.
But, seemingly unaware of this news, Ms. Parker of the Post insists, imperiously, “Let them eat oats! (Or carrots, or sugar cubes. What the heck do those $125,000 horses eat, anyway?)”
Thus, 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, sometimes called “horse ballet,” is the “highest expression of horse training,” according to the International Federation for Equestrian Sports. It may not be as stimulating as a horse race with bets and booze, but thus it has always been with art.
Yes. You envious peasants don’t understand ART.
(“I thought Karabekian[the artist] with his meaningless pictures had entered into a conspiracy with millionaires to make poor people feel stupid.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Breakfast of Champions)
But wait! Sick Anne Romney gets HEALTH BENEFITS from her dancing horses:
For Ann Romney, riding has been helpful in dealing with her multiple sclerosis. Indeed, horseback riding is a commonly recommended activity for MS sufferers. Because the natural walking gait of the horse is similar to a human’s, riding helps restore balance, coordination and posture, all of which can be affected by the disease’s assault on the spine and central nervous system.
Why, then, have some seen fit to ridicule Ann Romney’s choice of activities?
The peasants are revolting! Ah, good sirs, I have the vapours!
Good for Anne Romney, perhaps, who insists not on just riding, but on competition.
Not so good for her horses.
That story is from BuzzFeed, and when you click on the link, you will find the legal documents in question, so this is a matter of fact and not mere envy from this peasant.
Somebody doesn’t get it, and somebody else who doesn’t get it just wrote about it in the Washington Post with all the hateur of a self-anointed candidate for inclusion in the One Percent Club . Marie Antoinette would be proud.
Then again, Sally Quinn and Dana Milbank write for them, so no one ought be surprised.
No scones for me, Mater! I’m off to play the grand piano.