► This incident has caused a media and Twittersphere firestorm! Click on link at the bottom of this article for updates.
They don’t waste any time, do they?
A few months ago, a rancid Democrat plan to “kill Romney” reared its repulsive head. Now, after Governor Romney’s first full day of getting into general campaigning, we’re getting a stinky whiff of their plans for Ann Romney.
On Wednesday evening, Democrat operative/CNN political contributor Hilary Rosen spoke with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. She mockingly snarked about Ann Romney:
“Guess what? His wife [Ann Romney] has never actually worked a day in her life.”
Did you catch Rosen’s accusation that Mitt Romney is “old-fashioned when it comes to women. He just doesn’t see us as equals.” Did you also notice Paul Begala’s nod of approval and big grin when his cohort delivered the talking points? Really, I’m laughing so hard as I type this. What a sorry, ridiculous duo – spouting off ridiculous rhetoric to hide Obama’s sorry economy and ridiculous federal debt. See Vic’s article.
Setting her work record straight, Ann Romney, mother of FIVE boys, grandmother to 16 grandchildren, church, charity, and community volunteer, former Massachusetts First Lady, breast-cancer survivor, and valiant handler of Multiple Sclerosis, fired off her first campaign tweet:
I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.
— Ann Romney (@AnnDRomney) April 12, 2012
Good natured Ann is garnering high praise for her down-to-earth ability to connect with voters. Because he was losing ground with female voters, Obama operatives have been taking notes. Regarding Ann, think about it: Obama is leading a class war on successful Americans, combine that with a leftist faction that dislikes political Republican women, throw into the mix some Democrats’ disdain for working-at-home mothers and they see fresh meat to attack – on three fronts. Ann is a triple-threat.
Byron York, Chief Political Corespondent (Washington Examiner) and FOX News Contributor jumped on it:
After insult, Romney hits back with lightning speed
. . . Within seconds, Rosen’s statement that Ann Romney has “never worked a day in her life” began to burn up Twitter. Mrs. Romney, after all, had raised five children, as well as dealt with MS and cancer. That was work, no matter how much money her husband made.
The Romney campaign jumped on Rosen’s remarks with a speed that no Republican campaign has shown in the past. First, campaign staffers sent out tweets hitting Rosen. “Obama adviser Hilary Rosen goes on CNN to debut their new ‘kill Ann’ strategy, and in the process insults hard-working moms,” said top Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom. The campaign then sent out word that Rosen, who has worked for the Democratic National Committee and other Democratic organizations, is now part of the same firm, SKDKnickerbocker, as Anita Dunn, a prominent member of the Obama circle. And then came word that Rosen had visited the White House at least 35 times, according to publicly-available White House visitors logs. And then that Rosen attended last month’s state dinner at the White House.
Sensing an opportunity, the Romney campaign rolled out the big guns and had Ann Romney, who had never sent out a message on Twitter before, send out her first: “I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.” Mrs. Romney quickly had thousands of followers.
Obama machine scrambles:
The story really took off when Obama campaign officials scrambled to distance themselves from Rosen. Obama campaign manager Jim Messina tweeted: “I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly. Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize.” Top Obama aide David Axelrod added, “Also disappointed in Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney. They were inappropriate and offensive.”
Rosen back-tracked but she didn’t back down. Of course not; she’s a messenger – with a dumb message.
York was impressed:
. . . Presented with an opening, Romney’s staff jumped on the controversy with impressive speed, forcing top Obama officials to respond before most people even knew there was a story. The fracas suggests that Team Romney is determined to aggressively — really aggressively — pursue any chance to press an advantage against Obama. If the president’s re-election team thought they were facing a slow-moving, not-up-to-the-task Republican rival, they learned differently Wednesday night.
VOTE in related polls posted here.
UPDATE – Since joining Twitter last night, around 10:19 AM PT Ann Romney reached 20,000 followers.
Yes, yes, we know that the President is working hard to consolidate support among female voters — but Obama adviser Hilary Rosen’s remarks about Ann Romney “never work[ing] a day in her life” are cynical, shameful, appalling, divisive and above all . . . ignorant. They constitute the newest iteration of the long-running, ugly and gratuitous left-wing attack on women who have made the very important choice to stay home in order to raise their children themselves.
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Rosen has kicked off a political firestorm; click on link below for updates!
Perhaps the most insulting implication of Rosen’s remarks (from which she shows no sign of retreating) is that stay-at-home moms are somehow lazy. Nothing could be further from the truth. Not only do stay-at-home moms work hard and tirelessly for the welfare of their children and husbands, but they also often end up taking on much more than their “fair share” (to use a favorite Obama phrase) of the volunteer work (at school and in the community at large) that women who work outside the home (by necessity or by choice) simply can’t cram into their schedules.
What’s more, their choice often requires a certain degree of sacrifice. For some, the sacrifice is financial; they have to make do with less financial security or material comfort than they would have if they had decided instead to join the workforce. For them, staying home with children is not a “luxury” (as Hilary Rosen characterizes it); it is a necessity, which may entail giving up a car, vacation, new clothes, dinners out and more.
For other women, the sacrifice is social: There are highly-educated, accomplished women in their own right who voluntarily surrender their own professional identities and claims to recognition or prominence, and instead become known primarily as “mother of” or “wife of” because they believe it is most important to raise their children themselves. For yet others, the sacrifice is intellectual: Rather than being surrounded all day by interesting colleagues or stimulating work, they willingly endure a certain degree of monotony and a life dictated not by their own needs or desires, but by the needs and desires of others.
. . . Aside from working in religious ministry, raising a child is the only work that has implications both for this world and the next. Properly understood, the job of bringing up a child is, in effect, the work of helping to mold a little, infinitely precious soul for eternal life. There’s nothing — nothing — more important. And maybe that’s the part of the equation that those who denigrate stay-at-home moms don’t understand.
In any case, I’ve held a number of jobs throughout the years, and I’ve worked very hard outside the home in a variety of capacities. I can testify from personal experience that there is nothing that requires the kind of wisdom, insight, negotiation skill, generosity, personal fortitude, strength of conviction, patience, commitment — and, yes, sometimes the ability to withstand a certain degree of tedium — as the job of mothering.
This is a must-read article. Continue here.
UPDATE 2 – Major players are weighing in…
FOX News’ Megyn Kellly opened her program this morning with coverage of the Rosen controversy. She also interrupted her show to air White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s response to the Rosen debaucle. Carney did not disavow Rosen’s attack:
… [T]he White House on Thursday ducked a head-on rebuke of Rosen.
Spokesman Jay Carney instead dove into recitation of campaign talking points and numbers including those on how the private sector, under the president, has created jobs for 25 straights months and how a proposed GOP-backed budget would cut services to single-mothers, women teachers and others.
“I could go on,” Carney said during the daily White House press briefing.
UPDATE 3 – Michelle Obama tweeted:
Every mother works hard, and every woman deserves to be respected. –mo
That’s it; nothing more.
Rosen apologizes – kind of…
After doubling down on her position on Ann Romney, then tripling down, Ms. Rosen must have received a White House memo. (Not going well… surprised?) She has apologized for her remarks about Ann. But, her apology included a caveat – a link to her grasping-at-straws criticism of Governor Romney. (Bain Capital? Really?) Her statement:
“Let’s put the faux ‘war against stay at home moms’ to rest once and for all. As a mom, I know that raising children is the hardest job there is. As a pundit, I know my words on CNN last night were poorly chosen.
“In response to Mitt Romney on the campaign trail referring to his wife as a better person to answer questions about women than he is, I was discussing his poor record on the plight of women’s financial struggles. Here is my more fulsome view of the issues:
“As a partner in a firm full of women who work outside of the home as well as stay at home mothers, all with plenty of children, gender equality is not a talking point for me. It is an issue I live every day. I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended. Let’s declare peace in this phony war and go back to focus on the substance.”
Do you buy it?
UPDATE 4 – Former First Lady Barabara Bush is “shocked” at Hilary Rosen’s attack on Ann Romney. She called in to Megyn Kelly’s program to defend Ann:
UPDATE 5 – Concerned Women For America issued the following press release:
CONCERNED WOMEN FOR AMERICA: Moms More Qualified to Give Economic Advice Than Obama Advisors
Washington, D.C. — Democrat strategist and DNC advisor Hilary Rosen says that Ann Romney, who raised five boys, “never worked a day in her life.” Penny Nance, President and CEO of Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, says in the brief statement below that raising kids is the hardest and most important work in the world:
“Rosen is wrong on so many levels. Stay-at-home moms hold the purse strings for the family. Statistically, they are better qualified to give economic advice then Obama’s advisors. Talk about energy policy, these women see the effects every day of desperately trying to manage paying almost four dollars a gallon for gas at the pump. They make tough choices to live within their families’ budget every month, something this administration is clearly unable to do. Stay-at-home moms are also experts in the areas of education, nutrition, and a host of other issues. Rosen’s remarks expose a deeper problem with the values of this administration and even sometimes society at large. We say raising kids is the hardest and most important work in the world. How does this administration not get how important stay-at-home moms are to our nation? Haven’t they heard the saying, ‘The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world’? And in this case, it swings elections.”
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UPDATE 7 – A little perspective… Hilary Rosen has been at the White House 35 times. General David Petraeus has visited 9 times.
UPDATE 8 – Love this!
We stand with Mitt and Ann in saying that all women play an important role in our country. America deserves a president who will bring us together — not pit us against each other.
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UPDATE 9 – Wow! To see what a political FIRESTORM looks like, click here.
UPDATE 10 – From Hot Air’s Ed Morissey:
It’s too late … the mask has already slipped. Rosen has delivered the Left’s honest opinion about women who choose to stay home to raise their children, and unless the DNC distances themselves from her, we can assume that’s the official Democratic Party position. If Democrats wanted to see Republicans unite behind Mitt Romney, they picked the best possible strategy to make it happen by declaring war on Ann Romney and stay-at-home moms.
UPDATE 11 – VIDEO Wolf Blitzer To Hilary Rosen: Democrats Are “Throwing You Under The Bus,” Huh? Watch Rosen squirm. Her continuing mantra against Mitt reveals one of the angles the Obama machine will use to continue misleading female voters… Click here.
UPDATE 12 – VIDEO of Josh Romney with Piers Morgan tonight:
Mitt Romney’s son Josh Romney joined Piers Morgan tonight for the “Piers Morgan Interview.” Josh’s mom Ann Romney stood up for herself in the media today after comments made by Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen. Josh stood up for his mom’s decision to remain a stay-at-home mom while she raised her five boys. “She did some of the hardest work you can do,” he said. “She held every job imaginable raising the five boys and we were a lot of work for her I assure you.”
Romney said his parents didn’t take the easy way out by hiring someone to take care of him and his brothers growing up. “My parents really did try and do things the hard way and taught us the value of hard work and being at home.”
UPDATE 13 – Karl Rove and Greta Van Susteren this evening: Greta defends Hilary Rose – “She’s not anti-stay-at-home moms.” Mr. Rove staunchly defends Mrs. Romney.
UPDATE 14 – Read the transcript of Rush Limbaugh’s remarks this morning on Hilary Rosen and Obama. Click here.
UPDATE 15 – From Monica Crowley (FOX News Contributor):
Another Left-Wing Hilary Mouths Off (Read the entire article.)
1. Ann Romney should take this as a big compliment. If Team Obama weren’t threatened by her and her influence with women, they wouldn’t have attacked her. She is dynamite out there on the campaign trail—and Team Obama knows it. They know she’s Mitt’s secret weapon, especially with women. Therefore, she must be discredited and diminished and destroyed: just as strong conservative women who have come before her. Just ask Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, who also threatened to chip away at that core Democrat constituency. If you come near, they will tear your eyes out. But when they try, it indicates just how big a threat they think you are. Ann Romney’s power here is immense.
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