Give Mitt Romney credit for one thing: He truly does not seem to give a shit what you, or anyone, might want him to say or do as the presidential campaign nears toward its close, instead seemingly perfectly comfortable with remaining a reactive bundle of impulses much like a feisty cat picked up by an unfamiliar owner. Consider that after it came to light that he’d co-opted the “Clear eyes, full heart, can’t lose” motto from Friday Night Lights into his own campaign, he received a request from FNL creator Peter Berg telling him to shut it down — and completely ignored him, continuing to sell Romney-branded merchandise covered in the slogan. But that wasn’t the end of the back-and-forth: In an editorial for USA Today, actress Connie Britton — indefatigable matriarch Tami Taylor on the show — penned an editorial in which she put the screws to Romney both for his idea-thieving and for his disregard of women’s rights. The whole thing is worth a read, but of course, the most poignant moments come when Britton writes of how Romney’s health care plans (or lack thereof) would’ve affected the FNL characters:
Romney actually wants to throw the entire law — and every benefit — out, and while he’s at it, get rid of Planned Parenthood—the health care provider that nearly three million Americans rely on for their life-saving cancer screenings, well-woman visits and affordable birth control. Planned Parenthood was well represented on the show, too — Brian “Smash” Williams’ mom worked there, Tami got a pregnancy test there, and, after being abandoned by her parents, Becky Sproles was able to get a safe and legal abortion there.
Think about Smash’s mom when you head to the polling booth, if your vote wasn’t already swayed.