By now, you may have heard about the Left’s latest attack on women. The short story is that a Democrat strategist said Ann Romney has “never worked a day in her life”, despite the fact that she beat cancer and raised 5 children. It’s gotten so bad that even David Axelrod has distanced himself from what she said.
The strategist in question is Hilary Rosen, and she wasted little time in backtracking her statement. Here it is from CNN.com. One thing she said that stuck out to me was this:
Spare me the faux anger from the right who view the issue of women’s rights and advancement as a way to score political points. When it comes to supporting policies that would actually help women, their silence has been deafening. I don’t need lectures from the RNC on supporting women and fighting to increase opportunities for women; I’ve been doing it my whole career.
Here’s what I think Hilary doesn’t realize: The anger she faced on Twitter and in email last night was not from the “RNC”. It was from normal, hard working Americans who, themselves, don’t have much good to say about the RNC. Liberals don’t seem to realize that just because people vote against progressive policies, it doesn’t mean that they’re in agreement with the Republican Elites. (or whatever you’d like to call the RNC)
The part of Rosen’s statements that really stood out for me was this:
I personally believe that women hate the way our health issues were made a political football by the Republicans in the last several months. But I am pragmatic enough to believe that the economic issues do matter greatly to women and men alike. But the only way that Mitt Romney will succeed in closing the wide gender gap between him and President Obama is if he stops pretending that it doesn’t exist.
Who made a political football out of women’s health? According to Hilary Rosen, the Republicans, but alas, Stephanopoulos already tipped the Democrats’ hand on who wanted to make it an issue, and Rosen’s PR firm represents Sandra Fluke.
Rosen went on to state that Ann Romney doesn’t understand economics, because she’s been a stay-at-home mom—though presumably Ann Romney’s home economics hewed much closer to the family budget than Obama’s do. It was another run at privilege by belittling; Rosen probably calculated that her lesbianism made her more authentically feminist, and therefore positioned to make the attack, and Romney defended herself by opining that sometimes raising five boys was indeed hard work.
On Twitter, Rosen made things worse by stating that the cancer-surviving mom of five boys never had to bring in a paycheck while raising kids, as most women have to do—and generally dug herself deeper. NYU’s genius journalist Jay Rosen, whom we last saw whining about being pwn3d by James O’Keefe, was a little slow on the uptake:
Even as Rosen was typing that, Jim Messina was bailing as fast as he could:
And with good reason: during much of his childhood, President Obama stayed with his mother’s parents while she studied cultural anthropology in distant countries.
As if that weren’t enough, the Internet was abuzz with revelations yesterday that female White House staffers are paid significantly less, on average, than men there. True, twenty-something of them get to bask in the Royal Presence of the First Lady, who bragged that she was more popular than her husband, and . . . free condoms, as many Twitter wits were happy to surmise.
Now, Rosen can throw more gasoline on the fire by suggesting that educators know better than moms what’s good for their kids, but were I her, that’s about the last group of Americans I’d want to pick a fight with. Village idiot.
Related, heres National Review on the actual function of the Ledbetter Act.
UPDATE: Michelle dug up some information on Rosen’s visits to the White House.